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Federal government struggles against cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and ...

Nov 10, 2014
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Security contractor breach not detected for months

A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials ...

Nov 03, 2014
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NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President Barack Obama's ...

Apr 13, 2014
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Technology reveals what kind of shopper you are

U.S. marketers and mobile app developers have developed creative new ways to help shoppers find what they want for less. But these inventive techniques also allow for more aggressive tracking of consumer ...

Nov 28, 2013
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Brazil announces secure email to counter US spying

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Sunday that her government was creating a secure email system to try and shield official communications from spying by the United States and other countries.

Oct 14, 2013
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Verizon to auction spectrum worth billions

Verizon Wireless on Wednesday said it will auction a parcel of radio frequencies, which could be worth billions of dollars in an industry scrambling to offer consumers more cellular broadband.

Apr 18, 2012
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Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless

(AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations on the airwaves or share their ...

Mar 27, 2012
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Senator seeks US probe of smartphone privacy

A leading US senator called Monday for a government probe into whether smartphone applications used on the Apple and Android platforms can steal private data including photos and address books.

Mar 05, 2012
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Facebook makes privacy pledge in FTC settlement

Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information.

Nov 30, 2011
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World's rarest cetacean threatened by illegal gillnets

The world's rarest cetacean could disappear in less than four years unless immediate action is taken by the Mexican government to protect it from entanglement in gillnets deployed illegally in its Gulf of California refuge, ...

Dec 14, 2014
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Top pilot sees risk in unregulated US drones

Small drones pose a danger in US skies so long as clear rules governing their operation are not in place, the head of the world's biggest pilots' union said Wednesday.

Dec 10, 2014
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Congress told US lags other nations on drones

Commercial drone flights are taking off in other countries while the U.S. lags behind in developing safety regulations that would permit unmanned aircraft operations by a wide array of industries, witnesses ...

Dec 10, 2014
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