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Barrett Brown Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Connection to Stratfor Hack  23 January 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Barrett Brown, who became a cause célèbre after he was charged with crimes related to the 2011 Stratfor hack, will not go free as his supporters hoped. He was sentenced today in Texas to five years and three months in prison.
Why I Hope Congress Never Watches Blackhat  20 January 2015 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
What a strange time. Last week I was literally walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Michael Mann’s Blackhat, a crime thriller that I had the good fortune to work on as a “hacker adviser” (my actual screen credit). Today, all I’m thinking is, please, God, don’t let anybody in Congress see the film.
N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say  19 January 2015 
Source: NY Times - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled to break into the computer systems of a country considered one of the most impenetrable targets on earth.
Exclusive: White House says net neutrality legislation not needed  16 January 2015 
Source: Reuters - Posted by Alex   
The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called "net neutrality" rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.
NSA official: Support of backdoored Dual_EC_DRBG was “regrettable”  15 January 2015 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
It was a mistake for the National Security Agency to support a critical cryptographic function after researchers presented evidence that it contained a fatal flaw that could be exploited by US intelligence agents, the agency's research director said.
White House Backs Raft of New Cyber Security Laws  14 January 2015 
Source: Security Ledger - Posted by Alex   
President Obama used a speech at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to call for a raft of new laws and reforms that would protect the privacy and online security of U.S. citizens and corporations.
FBI director again points to North Korea for Sony attack  08 January 2015 
Source: Network World - Posted by Anthony Pell   
North Korean hackers left footprints when they breached Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year, the director of the FBI said Wednesday.
U.S. Sanctions 10 For Sony Hack, Keeps Mum on Evidence  05 January 2015 
Source: Security Ledger - Posted by Dave Wreski   
As the New York Times reports, the Obama administration doubled down on its recent allegation that the Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea (DPRK) was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures, announcing sanctions on 10 senior North Korean officials and several organizations in response to the incident.
NSA has VPNs in Vulcan death grip—no, really, that’s what they call it  31 December 2014 
Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The National Security Agency’s Office of Target Pursuit (OTP) maintains a team of engineers dedicated to cracking the encrypted traffic of virtual private networks (VPNs) and has developed tools that could potentially uncloak the traffic in the majority of VPNs used to secure traffic passing over the Internet today, according to documents published this week by the German news magazine Der Speigel.
Senate passes cybersecurity bill  12 December 2014 
Source: The Hill - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Senate passed a cybersecurity bill on Thursday to protect critical infrastructure. S. 1353, the Cybersecurity Act, permits the Secretary of Commerce to develop voluntary standards to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure, such as power grids.
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