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Security agencies say they don't invade privacy

April 13, 2000 Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden denied Wednesday that they invade the privacy of U.S. citizens or provide intelligence about foreign companies to U.S. businesses. In a public hearing called by House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Porter Goss, R-Fla., to address increasing...

House chairman opposes central IT security czar

March 30, 2000 Differences between House and Senate Republicans over how to enhance security for federal government computers could complicate the passage of the Government Information Security Act that recently cleared the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Sponsored by committee Chairman Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., and ranking member Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., S. 1993 would centralize...

FBI seeks more authority for fighting crime online

March 29, 2000 FBI Director Louis Freeh asked Congress Tuesday to grant the agency expanded legal authority to issue subpoenas and to apply racketeering laws in the fight against cybercrime. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information, Freeh said that administrative subpoenas, which have been used since 1996...

FTC chief victim of purchase card fraud

March 16, 2000 Federal Trade Commission Chairman Robert Pitofsky said Wednesday that the Internet was responsible for the rapid increase in the number of cases of identity theft, noting that he had been a victim too. "It is possible to be more efficient in behavior as a thief on the Internet than anywhere...

Feds say private sector must take lead in computer security

March 1, 2000 Although the federal government and the U.S. economy are "astonishingly" vulnerable to Internet crime, Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder told a joint hearing of the House and Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime on Tuesday that the private sector must take the lead in addressing Internet security threats. "Online crime is...

Public advocates enter fray over FOIA

February 25, 2000 Public interest advocates are gearing up to fight a legislative proposal that would limit the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in an effort to protect computer networks from hackers. Five public interest groups sent a letter last month to the Justice Department criticizing a Clinton administration recommendation that would create...

Senators call for computer security crackdown

February 24, 2000 The federal government needs to set a better example in guarding against hackers, and Congress should crack down on agencies that don't employ sound security practices, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Government Affairs Committee said Wednesday. "Federal agencies continue to use a band-aid approach to computer security...

Agencies join forces to fight online fraud

February 15, 2000 With fraudulent online auctions accounting for 87 percent of all Internet fraud, the Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced a partnership with the Justice Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and state attorneys general to combat the growing problem. The alliance will focus on training state and local law enforcement...

Software is the new tool for catching crooks

January 27, 2000 Criminals attempting to use computers to conceal evidence are likely to be surprised at how easy it is for police armed with the proper tools to retrieve digital evidence, notwithstanding technologies-including encryption-designed to aid in keeping communications anonymous. Law enforcement officials and software vendors, speaking at the National Institute for...

Tougher computer crime laws needed, expert says

January 25, 2000 The Internet is providing tremendous opportunities for hackers, and law enforcement officials are worried the problem will explode before they can get tougher sentencing guidelines applied to computer crimes. "This is a long term problem that will not go away easily," said Scott Charney, the former top computer cop at...

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