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Google Safe-Browsing and Chrome Privacy Leak

August 24, 2009 from: Rsnake's blog at ha.ckers.org

Some more advice from Robert "RSnake" Hansen on why you shoulld be careful if using Google's Chrome browser.

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Hacking kingpin negotiating plea deal with feds

August 19, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The former government informant facing three separate indictments for allegedly being behind the largest data breaches in U.S. history is being offered a plea deal, U.S. and defense attorneys confirmed today.

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Audit of Dept of Energy reveals unaddressed problems

August 18, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The Department of Energy and its contractors store and process massive quantities of sensitive information to accomplish national security, energy, science, and environmental missions. Sensitive unclassified data, such as personally identifiable information (PII), official use only, and unclassified controlled nuclear information require special handling and protection to prevent misuse of the inf...

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Lockheed Martin: hard drive not totally wiped

August 14, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Lockheed Martin recently notified some former or current employees that a hard drive that formerly belonged to them had been found for sale on eBay by academic researchers participating in a global research project. The researchers turned the drive over to the FBI when they found some employee data still readable on the drive.

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Employees sacked for ID card data breach

August 04, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The database in question holds data on 92 million people in the U.K. About 200,000 people have access to it. If they cannot adequately secure the database from misuse by employees, well……. Nine local authority workers have been sacked after illegally accessing personal details of the public held on the government’s national identity database.

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Personal data mishandled at Commerce Dept.

August 03, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

The names and Social Security numbers of at least 27,000 Commerce Department employees were exposed to a risk of identity theft following an inappropriate transfer of the personal information in mid-July, according to a letter sent to department employees last week.

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SSA employee convicted for unauthorized access to govt computer

August 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Roberto Rodriguez, 54, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was convicted by a jury on July 29, 2009 of seventeen counts of exceeding his authorized access to a government computer. Rodriguez is scheduled to be sentenced on October 9, 2009, before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Zloch.

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Tax-preparation docs found in dumpster

August 01, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

WOIA in Texas reports that San Antonio police are investigating how boxes full of unredacted personal information including Social Security numbers and financial information were sitting in the in the open in a dumpster.

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Leahy reintroduces data breach bill

July 23, 2009 from: Office of Inadequate Security

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has reintroduced a data breach bill that would set tougher rules for government agencies and private sector firms regarding consumers’ personal information.

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Report: Shortage of cyber experts may hinder govt

July 22, 2009 from: hackyourself.net

Federal agencies are facing a severe shortage of computer specialists, even as a growing wave of coordinated cyberattacks against the government poses potential national security risks, a private study found.

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