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House Lawmakers Renew Efforts to Limit NSA 'Backdoor' Spying

Measure passed the House earlier this year with major bipartisan support, but was cut out of ongoing funding negotiations.

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48,000 Federal Employees Potentially Affected by Second Background Check Hack

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OPM is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances.

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What did Federal CIOs Learn about Cybersecurity in 2014?

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After a tough year, agency CIOs say it’s time for new approaches to rooting out and responding to cyber incidents.

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Most Federal Agencies Wouldn’t Be Able to Bounce Back from a Sony Hack

60 percent of federal agencies lack contingency plans in the event of a cyber emergency.

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Inside China’s Elaborate and Absurd Internet Propaganda Machine

Thousands of emails obtained from the Zhanggong propaganda department by a Chinese blogger offer a rare view into the mechanics of manipulating web conversation in China at its most local level.

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In 5 Years, Smart Fridges Will Outnumber Fitness Trackers

Americans expect to first upgrade their thermostats and security systems, but look more than five years out, and smart fridges will be the big winners.

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Sneaky Impersonator Robots Are Taking Over the Web

A new report finds overall bot traffic dipped, but "bad robots" are on the rise.

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Report: Definition of ‘Privacy’ Evolving

In a new paper from Pew, experts warn that surveillance-free spaces are disappearing.

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Consumer Agency Goes After Phone Companies for Bogus Charges

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is demanding that Sprint refund consumers millions of dollars for unwanted charges.

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Sony Cancels Release of 'The Interview' Amid Sony Hack Fears

Hackers warned of 9/11-scale violence if the film's release was not canceled, according to multiple reports.

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With New Policy, DOD Components Won’t Need DISA to Buy Cloud Services

The new guidance overrides two previous memorandums that charged DISA with assessing the security of commercial cloud service offerings.

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British Police Are Going Robocop

British bobbies may soon be ditching caps and tunics for a striking new digital look that includes a robotic exoskeleton and Google Glass.

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Google: 2015 Will Be the 'Moment' to Reform NSA Spying

Despite a crushing defeat this year, the search giant is already preparing for 2015 to push surveillance reform in Congress.

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