"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion today to join Microsoft’s lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department. Microsoft filed the suit last month, claiming gag orders — which prevent the company from notifying customers when their data is seized by the government — are unconstitutional."
"Cryptology executive Jon Callas returned to Apple this month, according to a Reuters report. The announcement follows the FBI/Apple showdown over the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters."
"Despite popular myth, much cybercrime actually originates with an organisation’s’ weakest link, its employees."
"An appeals court dealt the Obama administration a major setback in its efforts to levy tough fines on corporations and executives, overturning a civil mortgage-fraud case against Bank of America Corp. tied to the financial crisis."
"Facebook Inc. told a U.S. senator that an internal investigation had found “no evidence of systematic political bias” against conservatives in its trending topics tool, but that it will revamp how the feature works to minimize the potential effects of individual biases."
"Drone use across the U.S. is soaring, and the skies may soon get even more crowded, as the Federal Aviation Administration expects sales of these unmanned aerial vehicles to jump to seven million in 2020 from about 2.5 million this year."
"Chinese activities in cyberspace regularly garner a great deal of attention."
"Those who’ve been raising alarms about Facebook are right: Almost every minute that we spend on our smartphones and tablets and laptops, thumbing through favorite websites and scrolling through personalized feeds, we’re pointed toward foregone conclusions. We’re pressured to conform."
"Efforts by some utilities to modernize the aging electrical grid may actually work against their abilities to quickly recover from a cyberattack, experts told lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Digital automation, intended to make the grid run more smoothly, may make it more difficult to get up and running after an outage."
"While Defense Department officials said that the US began dropping "cyberbombs" on Islamic State last month, the online threat posed by the terrorists deserves an even more profound response: a global, coordinated assault on their entire digital apparatus."
"A new method for producing truly random numbers could be used to encrypt data, make electronic voting more secure, conduct statistically significant polls and more accurately simulate complex systems such as Earth's climate."
"Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats to the country and its consumers and opening up a new front in an already tense relationship with Washington over digital security."
"For the second consecutive year, Ponemon Institute's annual study on the state of security and privacy in health care found that cybercrime was the leading cause of data breaches among hospitals and other medical providers."
"When Gen. Michael Hayden first heard President Obama publicly refer to the Sony breach as “cyber vandalism,” he thought the term was inadequate but quickly realized there was no real term to describe that type of activity in what he called “the largest ungoverned space in history,” the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA told an audience at Centrify Connect in New York Wednesday."
"Thieves have again found their way into what was thought to be the most secure financial messaging system in the world and stolen money from a bank. The crime appears to be part of a broad online attack on global banking."
"The 911 call has come in loud and clear for the healthcare industry: nearly 90% of all healthcare organizations suffered at least one data breach in the past two years with an average cost of $2.2 million per hack."
"There can be no doubt that cyberbullying is a new and disturbing development that significantly impacts society these days."
"The federal government has a fundamental responsibility to provide for the nation’s defense. Until recently, the government has fulfilled that role almost exclusively through nuclear deterrence and conventional military forces. But a new type of warfare—in cyberspace—is emerging as a top threat to America."
"Early next month, FEMA Region X, in cooperation with local, state and tribal entities in the Pacific Northwest, will lead on a three day emergency operations test scenario that includes a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) with a resulting tsunami -- the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face in the future."
"The Senate Judiciary Committee made plans Tuesday for the first open hearing in the long road toward potentially re-upping a major law on government surveillance of electronic communications. The hearing, booked for May 10, will examine renewal of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, set to expire at the end of next year."
"SANS Institute, the world's leading provider of cybersecurity training and certification, has announced that the company will participate in the White House Joining Forces Initiative. Today at a White House ceremony, SANS pledged to train a minimum of 200 transitioning veterans over the next four years through its VetSuccess program."
"The accounting and tax firm Lafler, Moore, Connerty & Webb reported to the California Attorney General that the company's computer system was accessed by an unauthorized person resulting compromising its stored W-2 information."
"One of the greatest challenges for organisations attempting to address cyber security risks is the number of fundamental security myths that cause organisations to incorrectly assess threats, misallocate resources and set inappropriate goals."
"From 2013 to 2015, the NSA and CIA doubled the number of warrantless searches they conducted for Americans’ data in a massive NSA database ostensibly collected for foreign intelligence purposes, according to a new intelligence community transparency report. "
"The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the one that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed is allowing the government to obtain the metadata of every phone call to and from the United States, approved every surveillance request from US authorities in 2015."
"Cybercrimes are top of mind for everyone in this day and age where breaches of major government agencies and businesses seem to pop up in daily news stories."