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How Phone Companies Used 'Supercookies' to Track Customers' Web Browsing

August 17, 2015 Tenacious "supercookies" allowed mobile broadband providers to follow their customers' activity—both in the U.S. and abroad—for over a decade, until the practice was discovered and publicized late last year and companies began to roll back the cookies. But for months after the revelations prompted heightened scrutiny of AT&T's and Verizon's...

Feds Expect to Spend at Least $500 Million on the Next Five Years of Data Breaches

August 13, 2015 The federal government is owning up to the modern-day reality that data breaches, no matter the quality of cyberdefenses in place, are inevitable. With an eye to future hacks, the government is searching for contractors to keep on call—and it's prepared to pay at least half a billion over the...

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Plan to Criminalize Revenge Porn Will Arrive After Recess

August 12, 2015 Just months after revenge porn came under John Oliver's withering spotlight, Congress is getting into the act with legislation to ban the practice outright. With the recent addition of Texas, Oregon, and Vermont, half of U.S. states (plus Washington, D.C.) now have a law that addresses nonconsensual pornography. But because...

Bill to Criminalize Revenge Porn Coming After Recess

August 12, 2015 Just months after revenge porn came under John Oliver's withering spotlight, Congress is getting into the act with legislation to ban the practice outright. With the recent addition of Texas, Oregon, and Vermont, half of U.S. states (plus Washington, D.C.) now have a law that addresses nonconsensual pornography. But because...

Jason Chaffetz Renews Call for Key OPM Official to Quit

August 7, 2015 Less than a month after the director of the Office of Personnel Management resigned over accusations that she mismanaged the agency's cybersecurity and response to a pair of massive hacks, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is going after her cybersecurity deputy. Donna Seymour is OPM's chief information officer, a...

Senate Punts on Cybersecurity Bill

August 6, 2015 Senators are heading home for the August recess without voting on the cybersecurity bill. Lawmakers worked for days on an agreement about which amendments to include on the cyber bill, but Senate leaders pulled the plug at the last minute on a vote scheduled first for 10:30 a.m, then for...

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Cybersecurity Bill Still in Senate Limbo

August 5, 2015 The cybersecurity bill that has been the subject of intense debate in the weeks before the Senate's summer recess remains in limbo Wednesday afternoon. Senators have been working for days on an agreement about which amendments to include on the cyber bill, but pulled the plug on a vote scheduled...

Clock Ticking on Cybersecurity Bill

August 5, 2015 Senators are negotiating a deal to add amendments to the cyberinformation-sharing bill under consideration in exchange for unanimous consent to move the bill forward. A deal would tee up the Cyber Information-Sharing Act, which provides incentives to the private sector for sharing cyberthreat information with the government. The bill's supporters...

Still No Deal on Senate Cybersecurity Bill

August 4, 2015 With the fight over Planned Parenthood behind them, senators now have the rest of the week to deal with a cybersecurity bill that has eluded passage for years—or to punt until after the August recess. The fate of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act may now rest on reaching a bipartisan...

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DHS Issues a Warning About the Senate's Cyber Bill

August 3, 2015 The Homeland Security Department said in an official letter that a cyberinformation-sharing bill under consideration in the Senate would be detrimental to Americans' privacy and the country's cybersecurity. The agency said a provision in the bill that authorizes the private sector to share cyberthreat information with any federal agency would...