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A computer hacker has been jailed for two years for masterminding global online attacks as a teenager from his bedroom in Hertfordshire. Adam Mudd, now 20, admitted creating malware in 2013 which was used to carry out 1.7 million cyber attacks.

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The Russian hacking group blamed for targeting U.S. and European elections has been breaking into email accounts, not only by tricking victims into giving up passwords, but by stealing access tokens too.

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Accenture Federal Services has scored a $64 million contract to modernize the Transportation Security Administration's IT programs.

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National Intelligence Director James Clapper

National Intelligence Director James Clapper // Cliff Owen/AP

The government’s failure thus far to fix long delays and dangerous imprecision in the government’s security clearance and vetting system is one of James Clapper’s greatest regrets from his time in office, the former Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday.

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If you're running a Windows Server 2003 machine, you have a problem. Your already-vulnerable computer is now at severe risk of being hacked.

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In the wake of the huge Uber and Unroll.me scandal, people have a lot of questions. The scandal revealed that Uber was buying access to the emails of people subscribed to Unroll.me, a service designed to declutter inboxes.

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For federal employees, a government shutdown isn’t about not being able to visit a park, it creates uncertainty about their livelihood.

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Setting: A high-tech military facility justoutside of Washington, D.C.—the headquarters of the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA. Anshuman Roy, the president and founder of Rhombus, a data analytics company, is in a large open space outfitted with computers, whiteboards, and cameras.

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If Congress and the White House’s negotiations fail to avoid a government shutdown, it’s not just federal employees who don’t show up for work.

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A view of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

A view of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va.

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There are many factors to consider when making an application security purchasing decision, and the pressure is on organizations now more than ever to improve their security risk management preparedness.

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A pair of researchers behind a system for avoiding internet censorship wants to deliver banned websites inside of cat videos.

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Students at the University of California, Berkeley.

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The most coveted jobs are in Silicon Valley, and most selective US universities are members of the Ivy League.

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Egypt has disrupted voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services this week for users who use messaging apps like Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

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A teenage West Herts College student who hacked the websites of Microsoft, Sony and Cambridge University before selling the software he created to cyber criminals for hundreds of thousands of pounds has been jailed for two years.

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Emerging technologies like smart cars, artificial intelligence and connected devices aren't the stuff of science fiction: They’re here today and squarely on the radar of the federal government.

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Computers serving the City of Newark have been infected by ransomware, according to a report by TAPintoNewark . The computers are unusable and the hacker has demanded 1.7 Bitcoin, the equivalent of $30,000 to unlock the City's system.

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The National Cyber Security Alliance and Google will be giving congressional staff a primer on information security Wednesday, an official said.

The Google-funded Lock Down Your Login event is part of a larger cybersecurity public awareness campaign announced through former President Barack Obama’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan, NCSA Government Relations Director Kirstin Judge said.

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The computers were infected over the weekend with an encryption that affects nearly all files that operate on a desktop, according to a document obtained by TAPInto.

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Last year, a team of data geeks, statisticians and modelers teamed with law enforcement agents after unearthing curious analytic patterns in Medicare data.

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Randolph Alles is the CBP’s acting deputy commissioner.

Randolph Alles is the CBP’s acting deputy commissioner. // U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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What good is a fingerprint scanner if the criminal is wearing fake fingers? Or if they’ve transplanted their toeprints to their fingerprints to prevent law enforcement from matching them to a database? What if they dilated their eyes to confound iris scans?

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" The campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron says it has fought off a series of cyberespionage attempts dating back to December, adding meat to previous allegations that it was the subject of an electronic eavesdropping campaign.

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Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin.

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Hackers linked to the same Russian military unit that hacked Democratic computers in the United States during last year's election also have sought to penetrate the networks of a leading candidate in France's presidential elections, a leading cybersecurity firm says.

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Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, the Atlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C.

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Jason Haddix is the head of trust and security at Bugcrowd.

Today, internet of things devices outnumber humans. Internet-enabled children’s toys, household appliances, automobiles, industrial control systems and medical devices—new IoT devices are being designed and released every day but many of these devices are built with little-to-no security in place.

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