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Digitizing the Cia: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar
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Digitizing the Cia: John Brennan's Attempt to Lead America's Spies Into the Age of Cyberwar

When America goes to the polls on Nov. 8, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, it will likely experience the culmination of a new form of...

Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North
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Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North

In one college major at Seoul's elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders.

Cybercrime Market Sells Servers For as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks
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Cybercrime Market Sells Servers For as Little as 6 Dollars to Launch Attacks

A major underground marketplace acting like an eBay for criminals is selling access to more than 70,000 compromised servers allowing buyers to carry out widespread...

Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight
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Push For Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight

After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies...

­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone
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­.s. Drops New York Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to Iphone

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities...

Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption
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Apple, Fbi to Clash Again in Congress Over Encryption

Apple Inc  and the FBI will return to Congress next week to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices...

White House Declines to Support Encryption Legislation Sources
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White House Declines to Support Encryption Legislation Sources

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law...

Apple's Encryption Battle with ­nited States Still Alive in Brooklyn
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Apple's Encryption Battle with ­nited States Still Alive in Brooklyn

The U.S. Department of Justice will disclose over the next two weeks whether it will continue with its bid to compel Apple Inc to help access an iPhone in a Brooklyn...

Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'
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Apple Fight Could Escalate with Demand For 'source Code'

The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation...

Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma
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Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma

Apple Inc's stance on privacy in the face of a U.S. government demand to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers has raised awkward questions...

Fbi Director Says Investigators ­nable to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content
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Fbi Director Says Investigators ­nable to ­nlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone Content

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers...

Showdown in Europe Over Privacy Has ­.s. Firms Ducking For Cover
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Showdown in Europe Over Privacy Has ­.s. Firms Ducking For Cover

The free flow of data across the Atlantic, the lifeblood of modern business dealings, faces an uncertain future, despite a belated, high-level deal between European...

­.s. Meets Tech Leaders, Forms Task Force to Fight Online Militants
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­.s. Meets Tech Leaders, Forms Task Force to Fight Online Militants

The Obama administration on Friday sent its top national security officials to meet tech industry leaders in Silicon Valley and announced a new task force to counter...

Obama Appeals to Silicon Valley For Help with Online Anti-Extremist Campaign
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Obama Appeals to Silicon Valley For Help with Online Anti-Extremist Campaign

President Barack Obama on Sunday called on Silicon Valley to help address the threat of militant groups using social media and electronic communications to plan...

Nsa to Shut Down Bulk Phone Surveillance Program By Sunday
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Nsa to Shut Down Bulk Phone Surveillance Program By Sunday

The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted...

Nsa Says How Often, Not When, It Discloses Software Flaws
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Nsa Says How Often, Not When, It Discloses Software Flaws

The U.S. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about vulnerabilities in computer software, thereby leaving U.S. companies...

Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks
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Cyber Insurance Premiums Rocket After High-Profile Attacks

A rash of hacking attacks on U.S. companies over the past two years has prompted insurers to massively increase cyber premiums for some companies, leaving firms...

Smaller U.s. Businesses Fear Freeze from Eu Privacy Ruling
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Smaller U.s. Businesses Fear Freeze from Eu Privacy Ruling

U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc to security software company Symantec Corp said a European change to rules governing transatlantic personal...

­.s. Court Rules For Government Over Nsa Metadata Collection Program
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­.s. Court Rules For Government Over Nsa Metadata Collection Program

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial...

U.s. Researchers Show Computers Can Be Hijacked to Send Data As Sound Waves
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U.s. Researchers Show Computers Can Be Hijacked to Send Data As Sound Waves

A team of security researchers has demonstrated the ability to hijack standard equipment inside computers, printers and millions of other devices in order to send...
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