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  • OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Union Slams Agency with Class-Action Data Breach Lawsuit OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Following its mega-breach, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suspends use of its online background check application system, citing a vulnerability. Also, the agency now faces a breach-related lawsuit filed on behalf of federal workers. Read more...

  • Analysis: Why the OPM Breach Is So Bad

    Personal Secrets at Risk After Background Forms Exposed Analysis: Why the OPM Breach Is So Bad
    Ann Barron-DiCamillo of US-CERT testified on the OPM breach.

    Just how bad is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management breach? Consider that spies may now have access to every secret - sexual, financial, familial, medical - shared by personnel seeking security clearances to access classified U.S. information. Read more...

  • OPM Breach: China Is 'Leading Suspect'

    But Intel Chief Urges Policymakers to Improve Defenses OPM Breach: China Is 'Leading Suspect'
    U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

    China is the "leading suspect" behind the OPM breach, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who adds that until the U.S. can meaningfully deter such attacks, it must focus on getting better at defense, not retribution. Read more...

  • China, U.S. Plan Cyber Code of Conduct

    Obama Presses Chinese Government to Lower Cyber Tensions China, U.S. Plan Cyber Code of Conduct
    Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Source: State Department

    China and the U.S. have agreed to create a new cyber "code of conduct." The move comes in the wake of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management breach, with President Obama urging Chinese officials to help lower cyber-related tensions. Read more...

  • House Divided on OPM Director's Fate

    Is Archuleta a Scapegoat for Larger Fed InfoSec Woes? House Divided on OPM Director's Fate
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffatz

    Listen to an audio report on a House hearing where key federal lawmakers explain why Katherine Archuleta should be fired as Office of Personnel Management director in the wake of what could be the largest government breach ever. Read more...

  • Article

    Cisco to Acquire OpenDNS

    $635 Million Deal to Boost 'Internet of Things' Security By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Cisco to Acquire OpenDNS

    Cisco announced plans to pay $635 million to purchase cloud security firm OpenDNS to better secure the "Internet of Everything." OpenDNS says the acquisition will leave its products and personnel intact.

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    PCI Encryption Standard Updated

    How Optional Standard Can Ease PCI-DSS Compliance By Tracy Kitten
    PCI Encryption Standard Updated

    The PCI Security Standards Council has just released version 2 of its point-to-point encryption standard. Jeremy King of the PCI SSC explains how this optional standard can complement PCI-DSS compliance.

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    Preventing Another OPM-Type Breach

    Former CIA CISO on Practical Defensive Measures By Robert Bigman
    Preventing Another OPM-Type Breach

    Would encryption, two-factor authentication and other measures stop a determined adversary from stealing millions of U.S. government personnel files? No, a former CIA CISO says. Read how Robert Bigman would defend against OPM-style cyber-attacks.

  • Article

    Twins Plead Guilty to Hacking Schemes

    Charged with Attempted State Department Hack, Card Fraud By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Twins Plead Guilty to Hacking Schemes

    Twin brothers, who were once considered computer prodigies, pleaded guilty in federal court to a range of identity theft and hacking-related charges, including an attempted State Department hack.

  • Article

    Medical Center Fraud Cases: 2 Indicted

    Federal Income Tax and Billing Fraud Alleged By Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    Medical Center Fraud Cases: 2 Indicted

    The Department of Justice has announced the indictments of two individuals in separate fraud cases affecting the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The cases spotlight the challenges healthcare organizations face in the fight against fraud.

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