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As Drones Flood US Skies, States Are On A Legal Collision Course

September 1, 2015 Three years after it was tasked with developing a set of rules for commercial drone operators, the federal government still has not finalized drone regulations, instead doling out more than 1,000 exemptions to allow businesses to fly drones in the meantime. Tired of waiting on Washington, states are moving to...

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Court Overturns Ruling Against NSA Surveillance Program

August 28, 2015 A federal court on Friday upheld the National Security Agency's bulk-spying program, overturning a lower court's 2013 ruling that had deemed the surveillance program "almost Orwellian" and likely unconstitutional. A panel of three Republican-nominated judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a conservative activist and civil-liberties groups...

Federal Court Overturns Ruling Against NSA Mass-Surveillance Program

August 28, 2015 A federal court on Friday upheld the National Security Agency's bulk-spying program, overturning a lower court's 2013 ruling that had deemed the surveillance program "almost Orwellian" and likely unconstitutional. A panel of three Republican-nominated judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a conservative activist and civil-liberties groups...

Senate Cyber Security Bill Hinges On 22 Amendments

August 26, 2015 After a brief but heated battle, senators packed up for summer recess early this month without voting on a key cybersecurity bill. In announcing that the bill's consideration would be delayed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lined up 22 amendments that will get a vote when the bill comes up again...

22 Amendments That Could Determine the Fate of Senate's Cyber Bill

August 26, 2015 After a brief but heated battle, senators packed up for summer recess early this month without voting on a key cybersecurity bill. In announcing that the bill's consideration would be delayed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lined up 22 amendments that will get a vote when the bill comes up again...

Ashley Madison Hack Files: 10,000 Emails Belong to US Officials

August 20, 2015 The public release of roughly 33 million people's personal information from cheating site Ashley Madison on Tuesday, while likely mortifying for the outed users, is more than just an act of public shaming. It's a very real security threat. With the information made public, hackers can and likely will leverage...

Chuck Schumer Wants to Set Up No-Drone Zones Around Airports

August 20, 2015 Drones keep popping up where they shouldn't be. This year has seen a sharp increase in the number of drone sightings reported by commercial airline pilots, and recently an errant drone made headlines for getting in the way of firefighters trying to put out a California wildfire. Now, Congress is...

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The Release of Ashley Madison Hack Data Is Embarrassing – And a Major Security Threat

August 19, 2015 The public release of roughly 33 million people's personal information from cheating site Ashley Madison on Tuesday, while likely mortifying for the outed users, is more than just an act of public shaming. It's a very real security threat. With the information made public, hackers can and likely will leverage...

IRS Data Breach Nearly Three Times Bigger than Previously Reported

August 17, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service announced in May that hackers had gotten into its system, and it estimated then that 114,000 taxpayers' accounts had been compromised. But a thorough review of activity on the IRS site throughout the 2015 tax-filing season revealed that the intrusion affected nearly three times that many...

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IRS Hack Much Larger Than Previously Reported

August 17, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service announced in May that hackers had gotten into its system, and it estimated then that 114,000 taxpayers' accounts had been compromised. But a thorough review of activity on the IRS site throughout the 2015 tax-filing season revealed that the intrusion affected nearly three times that many...