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That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales
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That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales

During a private meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month, President Donald Trump is understood to have disclosed highly classified intelligence to two senior...

Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.c.
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Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.c.

Poisonous political divisions have spawned an encryption arms race across the Trump administration, as both the president’s advisers and career civil servants scramble...

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies
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Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies

Shortly after his election victory, Donald Trump assembled executives from tech giants including Amazon, Apple and Google for a meeting at Trump Tower meant to...

Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump
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Federal Workers Turn to Encryption to Thwart Trump

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking...

Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order
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Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order

President Donald Trump's broad executive order to restrict visas and refugees particularly from Muslim countries left tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and...

Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed For Supreme Court
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Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed For Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is letting stand a ruling in a closely watched case holding that Microsoft need not comply with a U.S. government demand for data stored...

Computer Researcher to Congress: 'it's Possible' For Hackers to Alter Election
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Computer Researcher to Congress: 'it's Possible' For Hackers to Alter Election

Hackers could influence the outcomes of November’s elections, a computer science professor who has demonstrated security weaknesses in voting machines told lawmakers...

How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes
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How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes

When Princeton professor Andrew Appel decided to hack into a voting machine, he didn't try to mimic the Russian attackers who hacked into the Democratic National...

Trump's Secret Data Reversal
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Trump's Secret Data Reversal

Donald Trump has dismissed political data operations as "overrated," but his campaign is now bolstering its online fundraising and digital outreach by turning to...

How to Keep the Internet Free and Open
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How to Keep the Internet Free and Open

The U.S. has long held a minimal oversight role over the Internet. It's time for that to end.

What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things
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What Washington Really Knows About the Internet of Things

President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give...

What Does a Cyber Counterattack Look Like?
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What Does a Cyber Counterattack Look Like?

President Barack Obama promised at his year-end news conference Friday that the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea's cyberattack against Sony Pictures...

Who Watches the Watchers? Big Data Goes ­nchecked
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Who Watches the Watchers? Big Data Goes ­nchecked

The National Security Agency might be tracking your phone calls. But private industry is prying far more deeply into your life.

Public Remains 'All Over the Map' on NSA Tactics
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Public Remains 'All Over the Map' on NSA Tactics

President Barack Obama isn't the only one struggling to balance national security and civil liberties with the country's post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs.

Digital Era Confounds the Courts
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Digital Era Confounds the Courts

The Founding Fathers weren't big on texting.

Congress Starts Looking Into Bitcoin
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Congress Starts Looking Into Bitcoin

A Senate committee is pressing federal regulators and law enforcement officials to explain how they plan to oversee Bitcoin and other virtual currencies as the...

President Obama: 'right Balance' on Surveillance
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President Obama: 'right Balance' on Surveillance

President Barack Obama defended his administration’s data-gathering programs Friday, calling them necessary for national security and well within the bounds of...

5 Things You Need to Know About NSA Phone Tracking
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5 Things You Need to Know About NSA Phone Tracking

The revelation that the Obama administration is pursuing a massive surveillance program that tracks countless U.S. and international phone calls has brought privacy...

Data Mining Is New Lobbying Gold
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Data Mining Is New Lobbying Gold

A congressman gets an earful from his neighbor after church about a tax bill. A senator suddenly finds old high school classmates calling her about an upcoming...

White House Moves on Cybersecurity
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White House Moves on Cybersecurity

The White House's strategy on cybersecurity: Co-opt the opposition.
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