"The data breach at the IRS that left the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers in the hands of thieves is the latest wrinkle in a mammoth problem faced by tax authorities: Identity theft and its crippling consequences."
"Increasingly frustrated over the Islamic State’s brazen pillaging and trafficking of artifacts in the Middle East, all members of the United Nations agreed on Thursday to take new steps intended to thwart and prosecute antiquities smugglers, ensure the return of plundered ancient treasures and counter what diplomats described as “cultural cleansing,” a new tactic of war to spread hatred and erase the heritage of civilizations."
"Let’s think the unthinkable: Could the Islamic State win?"
"Since President Obama took office, the federal government has poured more than $29 billion into health information technology and told doctors and hospitals to use electronic medical records or face financial penalties."
"That question lies at the heart of a growing fight here after many of Europe’s privacy watchdogs opened investigations into how the social network obtains and uses individuals’ online data."
"Well, the Islamic State had quite a week.
After more than a year of clashes with Iraqi forces and with opposition groups in Syria, the militant group claimed two major cities, showing both the Iraqi army's weaknesses and the militant group's growing power."
"When does the free flow of personal data benefit consumers, and when might it damage their pocketbooks?"
"With more and more police agencies across the country equipping officers with body cameras, and many operating by their own rules, the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday proposed measures it said all should abide by — quickly raising law enforcement concerns."
"When Sonja Khan started college, she’d never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try — and then ended up majoring in it."
"CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, on Wednesday became the third major health insurer in the United States to disclose this year that hackers had breached its computer systems and potentially compromised some customer information."
"Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data."
"Adding another entry to Wall Street’s growing rap sheet, five big banks have agreed to pay more than $5 billion and plead guilty to multiple crimes related to manipulating foreign currencies and interest rates, federal and state authorities announced on Wednesday."
"For an international fugitive hiding out in Russia from American espionage charges, Edward J. Snowden gets around."
"Noelle Foizen at first thought the emergency alert of a train wreck must be a continuation of the previous day's mass-casualty training."
"Wall Street has changed. But perhaps not as much as you would think."
"Agency understaffing was a key flaw exposed during last year’s scandal over the cover-up of long patient wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs."
"It’s been five years since the Dodd-Frank law required that companies let investors vote on their executive pay practices."
"Even before he took over the Department of Homeland Security in late 2013, Jeh Johnson said one of his top priorities in the job would be improving the department’s perpetually low employee morale."
"An engineer jammed on the emergency brakes just seconds before Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak derailment, but the train — traveling at 106 miles an hour, more than twice the speed limit — slowed only slightly, federal authorities said, before hurtling off its tracks, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200."
"Emergency workers here on Wednesday searched through the wreckage of a New York-bound Amtrak train that derailed and overturned late Tuesday, killing six people, injuring dozens more, and disrupting train service for thousands of riders in the Northeast region."
"Two large earthquakes struck Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 36 people, just weeks after a devastating earthquake left more than 8,000 people dead."
"I like to tell the story about a client who could not understand why I would honor a commitment to teach rather than give the firm more hours in order to make more money."
"Recently, in the midst of an effort to persuade store managers to hire veterans, I talked to a human resources executive at a major retail chain."
"A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes."
"Boards are failing to navigate the changing risk landscape effectively, resulting in significant loss of value, according to research from leading players in the business community."
"At a moment when American lawmakers are reconsidering the broad surveillance powers assumed by the government after Sept. 11, the lower house of the French Parliament took a long stride in the opposite direction Tuesday, overwhelmingly approving a bill that could give the authorities their most intrusive domestic spying abilities ever, with almost no judicial oversight."
"As part of its popular whistleblower program, the Securities and Exchange Commission promises to move swiftly on useful information about potential wrongdoing. But the agency isn’t as speedy when it comes to paying off its tipsters."
"A proposed U.S. national privacy law would let some companies that find their systems hacked off the hook from notifying customers."
"It hasn’t even been a week since Nepal’s massive earthquake killed thousands and destroyed businesses, homes, roads and hospitals across the country."
"For years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, even as the National Security Agency fiercely defended its secret efforts to sweep up domestic telephone data, there were doubters inside the agency who considered the program wildly expensive with few successes to show for it."