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Homeland Security issues call to action on IoT security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Robert Silvers says his purpose in speaking at the Security of Things Forum in Cambridge on Thursday wasn’t to scare anyone, but then he went ahead and called on everyone in the room to...

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Site that leaked Colin Powell's emails dumps First Lady's passport

The site that leaked Colin Powell's stolen emails has also allegedly obtained a scan of Michelle Obama's passport.

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New legislation seeks to prevent US voting systems from being hacked

A U.S. lawmaker has introduced two bills to protect voting systems from hacking, amid fears that Russian cyber spies may be interfering with this year's presidential election.

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Mobile apps still have long way to go in state governments

A new survey released this week reveals that while a little more than half of state CIOs surveyed consider mobile devices and apps an essential or high priority, relatively few state government apps are mobile ready or are being used...

Russia has previously tried to influence US elections, says spy chief

Russia has tried to influence U.S. elections since the 1960s during the Cold War, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said Tuesday.

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Stanford researchers invent tech workaround to net neutrality fights

Engineers at Stanford University have invented a new technology that would give broadband customers more control over their pipes and, they say, possibly put an end to a stale net neutrality debate in the U.S.

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Judge paves the way for British hacker's extradition to US

A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of extraditing a British man to the U.S. for hacking government computers, despite fears he may commit suicide.

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FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack

The FBI’s refusal to reveal how it accessed an iPhone 5c from the San Bernardino shooter will face scrutiny in court. USA Today’s parent company and two other news group have filed a lawsuit against the agency, demanding it turn over...

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FBI urges ransomware victims to step forward

The FBI has issued a plea for those who have been hit by ransomware to report this to federal law enforcement so that the country can get a better sense of just how bad this problem really is.

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US bans using Galaxy Note7 phones on planes

The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered that Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones can only be carried by crew and passengers on planes if the phones are switched off and are not connected to charging equipment.

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Don't pardon Snowden, lawmakers tell Obama

U.S. lawmakers are trying to stifle any hope that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will receive a pardon. On Thursday, the House intelligence committee sent a letter to President Obama urging him to treat Snowden as a...

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The FBI could have saved money with this iPhone 5c hack

The FBI may have paid a small fortune to unlock an iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter. But a security researcher has demonstrated a way to do it for less than $100.

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Facebook, Google gather questions for presidential debates

Technology and social media companies have been tapped to help the American public engage with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the three debates.

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Tech leaders, activists call for Obama to pardon Snowden

Tech luminaries Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, have joined a new campaign pushing for a pardon of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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FCC Chair's update on 5G wireless, robocalls, business data services & more

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's update on 5G wireless, robocalls, business data services & more to U.S. Senate committee

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McCain opposes splitting NSA and Cyber Command

Chair of Senate Armed Services Committee objects to administration's proposal to decouple spy agency from military cyber warfare unit, threatens to block NSA nominee.

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Clinton dodges H-1B question, but Trump wants changes

Clinton and Trump are as divided as night and day on H-1B reforms. One issue, perhaps, is Clinton's base of support in Silicon Valley.

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Hackers are shaping US election coverage with data leaks

Hackers are becoming a major source for political leaks in this year’s presidential election. Tuesday's leak of emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell has security experts worried that hackers are manipulating U.S. media...

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