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The White House urged Congress to come out of the "dark ages" and pass new cyber security rules, using a massive security breach to press its case for reform.
President Barack Obama has approved giving the NSA wider powers to spy on Internet traffic in search of computer hacking by foreign governments or others.
The FBI warned lawmakers Wednesday there was no way to monitor encrypted online communications among Islamic State sympathizers and called for new laws to require technology firms to unlock any secret messages among jihadists.
Fugitive former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday hailed as "historic" efforts to end the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, while urging campaigners to go further.
The US Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday that ends the government's bulk telephone data dragnet.
The US Senate on Tuesday advanced a landmark measure that ends the government's bulk data collection of Americans' phone records, while reauthorizing other surveillance powers that lapsed this week.
The US Senate failed Sunday to reach a deal that would prevent key counterterror provisions from expiring at midnight, after Senator Rand Paul blocked the chamber from advancing a solution.
CIA chief John Brennan warned Sunday that allowing vital surveillance programs to expire could increase terror threats, as the US Senate convened for a crunch debate on whether to renew the controversial provisions.
Key parts of the USA Patriot Act which underpins domestic NSA surveillance measures, including the bulk data dragnet, will "sunset" at the end of May 31 without action by lawmakers.
At midnight Sunday, barring any last-minute deal in Congress, a key section of the US Patriot Act which has been used as a legal basis for much of the vast surveillance carried out by the NSA will expire or "sunset."

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John Vecchi's picture
Understanding the various types of malicious actors targeting your networks, including their motivations and modus operandi, is key to identifying, expelling and expunging them.
Gant Redmon's picture
When it comes to cybercrime, the police really can’t and aren’t going to protect residents of your town. The same goes for all towns and cities. Unless you’re talking a high six-figure theft, it's unlikely an officer will be assigned to your case.
Rod Rasmussen's picture
In this second column in a two part series, Rod tackles the impact of the DNSChanger malware and simple solutions to counter similar DNS attacks on enterprises and major government agencies.
Chris Poulin's picture
To effectively defend yourself against an enemy, you have to think like your adversary. Put yourself in their mind, their shoes. What’s the motive? How determined are they? Will they stop at a well-hardened network perimeter or move on to other tactics, including social engineering? Once you suffer a breach, how do you share your analysis?
Idan Aharoni's picture
The worlds of counter terrorism and fraud prevention should increase their ties. Systems that are already implemented in one world may be applied to the other. Solution providers and policy makers from both worlds need to meet up and share ideas, thoughts and experience for the benefit of both.
Noa Bar-Yosef's picture
This week, we highlight a mix of tools and tool types that security researchers should have in their weapons in arsenal, including tools unveiled for the first time at the Black Hat conference.
Michael Goff's picture
Once a Software Vendor discovers that their software has been pirated, the gut reaction is to put an immediate stop to it. If piracy is discovered, it’s best to react, but don’t overreact. Be proactive, yet patient.
Idan Aharoni's picture
Crowd sourcing investigations could harness the power of the web and its population to track down cybercriminals. But such a community effort of a cyber investigation comes with big challenges....
Idan Aharoni's picture
There are many security companies, individual researchers and certain circles in academia that hold a wealth of information on cybercrime activities that could be the difference between a bust and a cybercrime investigation that leads to a dead end. It’s not just about collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, but also about collaboration with the security industry.
Mike Lennon's picture
Enjoy this selection of top picks for 2010, listed in no particular order. Happy New Year!