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Cybersecurity Act Threatens Online Rights: a Handout for Your Senator

June 11, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105), sponsored by Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Collins, compromises core American civil liberties in the name of thwarting network attacks. While Internet security is of the utmost importance, safeguarding our networks need not come at the expense of our online freedoms...

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Twitter's New Tailored Suggestion Service Raises Questions

June 06, 2012 Added by:David Navetta

Congress seeks clarification on how Twitter purports to honor a user’s choice to opt-out of targeted advertising and data collection using the Do Not Track browser option, while simultaneously collecting user information from third party websites under the tailored suggestions program...

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Lieberman-Collins Cybersecurity Act Frequently Asked Questions

June 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Companies already use firewalls to protect their networks. ISPs do filtering as well, for example disallowing end users from hosting certain services, or de-prioritizing certain types of traffic. But this bill makes no effort to restrict the definition of countermeasures to reasonable techniques in use today...

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Senator Demands Text of Secret Agreements Regulating Internet

May 30, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senator Ron Wyden recently introduced a bill demanding access to draft texts of international trade agreements under negotiation such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that carry provisions that could severely choke off users' rights on the Internet. This is a great positive step in the right direction...

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Join the Fight Against Cyber Spying Proposals in the Senate

May 29, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Even when faced with opposition from security experts and the Obama Administration, the House of Representatives managed to ram through CISPA, a bill widely decried as empowering the military to collect the Internet records of Americans’ everyday Internet use. Now the fight is moving to the Senate...

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Law Professors Cast Further Doubt on ACTA's Constitutionality

May 17, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

At issue is whether the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) had authority to enter into the controversial IP enforcement agreement on behalf of the United States when the Deputy U.S. Trade Ambassador signed ACTA in October 2011...

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CISPA: The Devil is in the Details

May 07, 2012 Added by:Michelle Valdez

The problem with CISPA involves all the information added under one of the approved amendments. The vagueness about what information can be shared has caused most of the concern – especially that catch all category of “to protect the national security of the United States”...

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When Security and Privacy Wrestle Who is the Winner?

April 30, 2012 Added by:Theresa Payton

You need to make sure your voice is heard. Regardless of whether or not you love the idea or do not like the idea at all, you need to weigh in. It is an important part of the process to make sure we get the best chance and striking a balance between security and privacy...

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Procrastination in Cybersecurity Legislation

April 29, 2012 Added by:Michelle Valdez

Congress is procrastinating with regards to cybersecurity legislation. The debates will continue about regulation and authorities and privacy rights but in the end, we all need to come together and find the best way to share threat data so that we can protect critical networks...

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Cybersecurity Legislation Needed to Prevent Inevitable Attack

April 28, 2012 Added by:Dan Dieterle

U.S. networks would be much stronger if companies enforced standard security procedures. My question is why hasn’t critical infrastructure entities already implemented it? And why would we need more legislation passed to force them to do it, when it should already be done?

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GAO: 680 Percent Increase in Government Cyber Attacks

April 27, 2012 Added by:Headlines

The GAO's Gregory Wilshusen testified before a House Homeland Security Committee's subcommittee about the marked increase in cyber attacks against U.S. government systems, which have increased 680% over a five year period, from 5,503 in 2006 to 42,887 in 2011...

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Iran vs. The West: Cyberwar or Media Hype?

April 27, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

The growing tension between Iran, the U.S. and Israel does not bode well, however the reports persistently circulated on the Internet don't add anything new to a scenario that has long been known. Iran has long understood how strategic a strong presence in cyber space is...

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House Testimony: Iran Preparing Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure

April 26, 2012 Added by:Headlines

Cybersecurity experts will testify before Congress today on the high probability that the Iranian government is engaged in building a cyber offensive force geared towards attacks against critical U.S. infrastructure targets including power and water distribution facilities...

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Congressional Testimony Rings Cybersecurity Alarm Bells

April 25, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"Every day nations and 'hacktivist' groups penetrate our public and private computer networks. The degradation of our national security and intellectual property from cyber theft threatens to weaken us where we have been historically strong: in our ingenuity and creativity..."

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House Republicans Declare Cyber Security Week

April 23, 2012 Added by:Headlines

"The focus of these bills... address the central issue the federal government and industry have stated must be addressed now: updating existing cybersecurity laws to provide the legal authorities to allow for information-sharing and public-private partnerships..."

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EFF Opposes CISPA at Hackers and Founders Panel

April 23, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The fundamental problems with the bill are numerous. The language of the bill is too broad, and it's hard to know what information will actually be shared by private entities as a result of the bill, or what “cybersecurity systems” will do once they are enabled...

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