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US FCC to repeal net neutrality, could increase cyber-security threats

The commission decided today to repeal the regulations put in place under the Obama administration, prompting criticism that the move would not only choke freedom but would compromise security and privacy.

IT valuation of PII data shows huge variations

US security professionals value their personally identifiable information more than twice as much as their UK counterparts, according to a new report.

#OpIsrael attacks feared in response to US moving embassy to Jerusalem

Anti-Israeli factions of the Anonymous collective opposed to US Foreign policy declared that they would be launching attacks against all websites deemed to be Israeli- or US-government affiliated in their latest #OpIsrael campaign.

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over $10M

A Russian cyber-criminal group has stolen at least US$ 10 million (£8.5 million) from financial institutions and other organisations in the US, U.K., and Russia, by targeting card processing systems and interbank transfer systems.

US passes legislation to create Cybersecurity Security Agency

The US House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a legislation that would redesignate the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

EC amicus brief in Microsoft Irish server case to define SCOTUS data laws

The European Commission has said it will file an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in the US versus Microsoft case on behalf of the European Union (EU).

US Senate bill would require jail time for data breach cover ups

Three US Senators have introduced a bill that would require jail time for corporate executives who do not notify consumers of a breach within 30 days.

Suicide risk leads appeal grounds in Lauri Love extradition case

A legal precedent will be set over the extradition of Lauri Love, a man with Asperger's accused in the US of hacking government computer systems, when a decision is made following presentations being made in the UK high court.

US charges members of elite Chinese hacking unit APT3

Federal prosecutors in US charge three Chinese nationals with hacking into Siemens AG, Trimble Inc and Moody's Analytics.

New IcedID banking trojan already rivals worst of its malware peers

A banking trojan that's been targeting US financial institutions and services since at least September is already as advanced in its capabilities as its predecessors Zeus, Gozi, and Dridex, researchers from IBM have reported.

2,837 flaws found under US Defence Dept vulnerability disclosure programme

The US Defence Department's vulnerability disclosure programme (VDP) has yielded 2,837 security flaws in the nearly one year since its inception.

ISIS takes fight online - hundreds of US school websites redirected

Pro-ISIS hackers hijacked the websites of roughly 800 US schools and educational districts on Monday, after compromising their web hosting provider, various news outlets have reported.

Update: Russian hackers use Kaspersky AV, find NSA info on home device

Home computer of National Security Agency (NSA) worker contained classified data, detected by Russian hackers using Kaspersky AV software.

War plans including assassination plan stolen by North Korean hackers

North Korean hackers have stolen the joint South Korean-US plans for war with the north, including plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung Un according to an FT report quoting South Korea's Democratic party.

Kaspersky Labs denies report its software was used to hack NSA

Russian hackers used a Kaspersky Labs antivirus product to steal hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, subsequently denied by Eugene Kaspersky.

Evidence of Russian Twitter accounts subverting US election criticised

Twitter's revelation that it had identified about 200 accounts that may have broken its terms of service and were possibly linked to nefarious activity geared toward influencing the 2016 US election criticised in Senate.

Kaspersky US government ban - what are the reasons behind the decision?

What is the basis for the ban on Kaspersky products being used by US government authorities? Is it retaliation for Russia's foreign software ban, fear of potential government pressure, intelligence on actual threats - or prejudice?

FireEye ties APT33 to Iran and attacks on US, Saudi Arabian interests

FireEye has laid out evidence that it believes connects the hacking of several US, Saudi Arabian and South Korean aerospace and petrochemical facilities to an Iranian cyber-group it has labeled APT33.

US bans use of Kaspersky Labs software on government systems

Acting on concerns that Russian company Kaspersky Lab has connections to cyber-espionage activities, the US government has banned the use of Kaspersky Lab security software.

US Senator pushes for US government wide ban on Kaspersky software

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pushing for a US federal government-wide ban of security software developed by Kaspersky Lab.

Top secret data on ex-US military personnel exposed on Amazon S3 server

The resumes of more than 9,000 former U.S. military personnel, many with top secret security clearance, were left exposed on an unsecured Amazon S3 server.

Russian computer programmer detained in Spain at request of US police

Pyotr Levashov, a Russian computer programmer, is suspected of being the spam king 'Severa' and being involved in trying to influence elections in the US and Russia.

Researcher warns of critical point of failure in US election system

Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure Labs, has warned that hackers could severely disrupt the reporting of the US general election on 8 November by hacking AP servers.

Leaked Stingray documents reveal features and ease of use

Using mass surveillance software without a warrant is almost as easy as installing Skype.

Two arrested in connection to 'Crackas With Attitude' gov't attacks

At least three other suspects in the UK are also being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service, the release said.

Voter databases in two US states breached by foreign hackers

The FBI's Cyber Division uncovered evidence that election databases in two US states were hacked.

DEF CON 24: US government retains dozens, not thousands, of zero-days

The number of vulnerabilities in the US federal government arsenal hovers in the dozens, Columbia University senior research scholar Jason Healey told a DEF CON 24 audience.

EU member states approve EU-US Privacy Shield

Following negotiations between EU and US officials, the Privacy Shield agreement has been approved by the EU's 28 member states on Friday 8 July. Formal adoption should commence early this week

Clinton pledges to bring U.S. Copyright system into 21st century

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called for administrative reform to help bring the U.S. copyright system into the digital age.