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What are the real trends in cyber crime? Recent media coverage has been rife with stories of large-scale data breaches, hacks and online financial crime. IT security firms publish yearly reports that generally show the security of cyberspace to be poor an

Global Cyberspace is Safer Than You Think

July 21, 2015 1:41 pm | by Eric Jardine, The Global Commission on Internet Governance | Comments

What are the real trends in cyber crime? Recent media coverage has been rife with stories of large-scale data breaches, hacks and online financial crime. IT security firms publish yearly reports that generally show the security of cyberspace to be poor and often getting worse. But overall, global cyberspace is actually far safer than commonly thought.

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UCLA Health, the administrative structure which governs the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) hospitals, has suffered a data breach, and personal and medical information of over 4.5 million patients has likely been accessed and possibly stolen

Hackers Hit UCLA Health, Access Medical Files of 4.5M Patients

July 21, 2015 1:30 pm | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

UCLA Health, the administrative structure which governs the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) hospitals, has suffered a data breach, and personal and medical information of over 4.5 million patients has likely been accessed and possibly stolen by the attackers.

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Security firm Netragard has suspended its exploit acquisition program two weeks after it was found selling a potent piece of attackware to the Italian malware developer Hacking Team.

Firm Stops Selling Exploits After Delivering Flash 0-day to Hacking Team

July 21, 2015 1:20 pm | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Security firm Netragard has suspended its exploit acquisition program two weeks after it was found selling a potent piece of attackware to the Italian malware developer Hacking Team.

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Expanded DNA Collection Bill Pits Public Safety Against Privacy

July 21, 2015 1:07 pm | by Andrew Staub, The Pennsylvania Independent | Comments

The Delaware County Republican is lobbying to expand the state’s DNA-collection law, arguing police could stop repeat offenders if the authorities didn’t have to wait for a conviction before swabbing a suspect, as current law requires.

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Costco Wholesale Corp, Sam's Club and a handful of other large retailers have disabled their online photo printing stores in recent days, on concerns about a possible data breach at PNI Digital Media, which manages and/or hosts photo services sites.

Costco, Sam's Club, Others Halt Photo Sites Over Possible Breach

July 21, 2015 12:54 pm | by Solarina Ho, Reuters | Comments

Costco Wholesale Corp, Sam's Club and a handful of other large retailers have disabled their online photo printing stores in recent days, on concerns about a possible data breach at PNI Digital Media, which manages and/or hosts photo services sites.

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New DNA Ruling Could Stretch State Resources Thin

July 20, 2015 3:12 pm | by Lindsay Brauner, Fox Montana | Comments

With the recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, defense attorneys like Missoula lawyer Colin Stephens celebrate the possibility of second-chances for clients.

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Keeping tabs on workers in contact with the federal government is high priority in an era that is not only post-Edward Snowden, but post-Fort Hood, post-Navy Yard and generally post-general-sense-of-security. The government's struggles to maintain thoroug

Can big data combat a Pentagon insider threat?

July 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Amber Corrin, C4ISR & Networks | Comments

Keeping tabs on workers in contact with the federal government is high priority in an era that is not only post-Edward Snowden, but post-Fort Hood, post-Navy Yard and generally post-general-sense-of-security. The government's struggles to maintain thorough backgrounds of its workers are well-documented, but now officials hope the use of big data will fix many of the problems.

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A string of weaponized attacks targeting Adobe's Flash media player has kept software engineers scrambling to fix the underlying vulnerabilities that make the exploits so dangerous. Fortunately, they have also been busy making structural changes to the wa

0-day Attacks Exploiting Flash Just Got Harder Thanks to New Defenses

July 20, 2015 10:51 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

A string of weaponized attacks targeting Adobe's Flash media player has kept software engineers scrambling to fix the underlying vulnerabilities that make the exploits so dangerous. Fortunately, they have also been busy making structural changes to the way the program interacts with computer operating systems to significantly reduce the damage that can result not only from those specific attacks but entire classes of similar ones.

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Airmen may soon take cybersecurity classes as part of a new school designed to bring the Air Force's digital abilities to the cutting edge.

New 'Cyber College' to Train Airmen on Cyber Challenges

July 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Phillip Swarts, AirForce Times | Comments

Airmen may soon take cybersecurity classes as part of a new school designed to bring the Air Force's digital abilities to the cutting edge.

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The Army National Guard has exposed the personal information of more than 850,000 current and former members, by improperly handling a data transfer.

Army National Guard Exposes 850K Service Member Records

July 20, 2015 9:52 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The Army National Guard has exposed the personal information of more than 850,000 current and former members, by improperly handling a data transfer.

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When Jaap van Oss first visited Pittsburgh in 2012, he knew he’d be in the company of “almost legendary cybercrime investigators,” he said. Mr. van Oss, the team leader of Europol’s European Cybercrime Center, couldn’t have known how the legend would grow

How Pittsburgh Became a Global Center for Fighting Cyber Crime

July 20, 2015 9:30 am | by Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Comments

When Jaap van Oss first visited Pittsburgh in 2012, he knew he’d be in the company of “almost legendary cybercrime investigators,” he said. Mr. van Oss, the team leader of Europol’s European Cybercrime Center, couldn’t have known how the legend would grow.

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No Action on Rape Kits Despite New Laws, Federal Money

July 17, 2015 3:04 pm | by Steve Reilly, USA TODAY | Comments

Over the past decade alone, Congress has approved enough money to reduce the nation's backlog of DNA evidence testing to have tested more than 1 million sexual assault evidence kits. So far, however, despite evidence that the number of untested rape kits could number into the hundreds of thousands coast to coast, the vast majority of the money is not reaching local and state police authorities.

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A forensic soil scientist and a geoscientist have been helping police in trying to find a man who went missing in October last year.

Soil Scientists Assist in Search for Missing Man

July 17, 2015 2:45 pm | by BBC | Comments

A forensic soil scientist and a geoscientist have been helping police in trying to find a man who went missing in October last year.

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People convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.

Court Ruling Opens DNA Technology Advances to Old Cases

July 17, 2015 2:10 pm | by Matt Volz, Associated Press | Comments

People convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.

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A British man accused of hacking into U.S. government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England, and U.S. prosecutors said they will attempt to have him transferred to New Jersey.

US Seeks Extradition of British Man Charged With Hacking

July 17, 2015 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A British man accused of hacking into U.S. government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England, and U.S. prosecutors said they will attempt to have him transferred to New Jersey.

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