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DHS Issues a Big 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...

It’s Crunch Time for the Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill

August 3, 2015 With the Senate clocking out for the summer at the end of the week, there is precious little time to get skeptical senators on board for a major overhaul of the nation's cybersecurity laws—the final item on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pre-recess checklist. Already, privacy advocates have launched a coordinated...

Controversial Cyber Bill Could Come Up for Senate Vote Next Week

July 31, 2015 After wrapping up a protracted battle over a highway-funding measure, the Senate is expected to turn its attention next week to a controversial cyber information-sharing law before heading home for recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he will take up the cybersecurity legislation if the Senate fails...

Congress Running Out of Time on Cyber Bill

July 29, 2015 After a pair of massive cyberattacks compromised the personal information of more than 22 million people, most of whom work or worked for the government, lawmakers saw an opportunity to push for cybersecurity legislation that has been stuck in Congress for years. Despite the calls for urgency, passing a bill...

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Senate Cybersecurity Plan Faces Hurdles

July 29, 2015 After a pair of massive cyberattacks compromised the personal information of more than 22 million people, most of whom work or worked for the government, lawmakers saw an opportunity to push for cybersecurity legislation that has been stuck in Congress for years. Despite the calls for urgency, passing a bill...

Why Identity-Theft Protection Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

July 28, 2015 Perhaps your data was compromised in a high-profile data breach at a health insurance company, or you were one of the unlucky victims of the Target or Best Buy hacks. Or maybe you got a letter in June from the Office of Personnel Management, years after you quit your last...

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Does Identity-Theft Protection Really Work?

July 28, 2015 Perhaps your data was compromised in a high-profile data breach at a health insurance company, or you were one of the unlucky victims of the Target or Best Buy hacks. Or maybe you got a letter in June from the Office of Personnel Management, years after you quit your last...

OPM Looks for Contractor to Notify Victims of Background Check Breach

July 22, 2015 Nearly two weeks after announcing that over 21.5 million people had their information hacked from government servers, the Obama administration is moving to hire a contractor to notify and provide identity fraud-protection services to affected individuals. But it won't be until at least mid-August until one is hired. The Office...

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OPM Takes Steps Toward Finding a Contractor to Notify Hack Victims

July 22, 2015 Nearly two weeks after announcing that over 21.5 million people had their information hacked from government servers, the Obama administration is moving to hire a contractor to notify and provide identity fraud-protection services to affected individuals. But it won't be until at least mid-August until one is hired. The Office...

How a Fed with Fake Diplomas Worked at the Interior Department for 5 Years

July 16, 2015 A federal employee occupied a high-ranking technology position at the Interior Department for several years before an investigation found that he had faked his education, according to a report published by the agency's inspector general in 2013 and obtained by National Journal. The man, Faisal Ahmed, was the assistant director...