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Kaveh Waddell Kaveh Waddell is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he previously conducted policy research​. A native of Seattle, he studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College
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Senate Cyber Security Bill Hinges On 22 Amendments

August 26, 2015 After a brief but heated battle, senators packed up for summer recess early this month without voting on a key cybersecurity bill. In announcing that the bill's consideration would be delayed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lined up 22 amendments that will get a vote when the bill comes up again...

22 Amendments That Could Determine the Fate of Senate's Cyber Bill

August 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a brief but heated battle, senators packed up for summer recess early this month without voting on a key cybersecurity bill. In announcing that the bill's consideration would be delayed, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lined up 22 amendments that will get a vote when the bill comes up again...

Ashley Madison Hack Files: 10,000 Emails Belong to US Officials

August 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The public release of roughly 33 million people's personal information from cheating site Ashley Madison on Tuesday, while likely mortifying for the outed users, is more than just an act of public shaming. It's a very real security threat. With the information made public, hackers can and likely will leverage...

Chuck Schumer Wants to Set Up No-Drone Zones Around Airports

August 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones keep popping up where they shouldn't be. This year has seen a sharp increase in the number of drone sightings reported by commercial airline pilots, and recently an errant drone made headlines for getting in the way of firefighters trying to put out a California wildfire. Now, Congress is...

The Release of Ashley Madison Hack Data Is Embarrassing – And a Major Security Threat

August 19, 2015 The public release of roughly 33 million people's personal information from cheating site Ashley Madison on Tuesday, while likely mortifying for the outed users, is more than just an act of public shaming. It's a very real security threat. With the information made public, hackers can and likely will leverage...

IRS Data Breach Nearly Three Times Bigger than Previously Reported

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service announced in May that hackers had gotten into its system, and it estimated then that 114,000 taxpayers' accounts had been compromised. But a thorough review of activity on the IRS site throughout the 2015 tax-filing season revealed that the intrusion affected nearly three times that many...

IRS Hack Much Larger Than Previously Reported

August 17, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service announced in May that hackers had gotten into its system, and it estimated then that 114,000 taxpayers' accounts had been compromised. But a thorough review of activity on the IRS site throughout the 2015 tax-filing season revealed that the intrusion affected nearly three times that many...

How Phone Companies Used 'Supercookies' to Track Customers' Web Browsing

August 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tenacious "supercookies" allowed mobile broadband providers to follow their customers' activity—both in the U.S. and abroad—for over a decade, until the practice was discovered and publicized late last year and companies began to roll back the cookies. But for months after the revelations prompted heightened scrutiny of AT&T's and Verizon's...

Feds Expect to Spend at Least $500 Million on the Next Five Years of Data Breaches

August 13, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government is owning up to the modern-day reality that data breaches, no matter the quality of cyberdefenses in place, are inevitable. With an eye to future hacks, the government is searching for contractors to keep on call—and it's prepared to pay at least half a billion over the...

Plan to Criminalize Revenge Porn Will Arrive After Recess

August 12, 2015 Just months after revenge porn came under John Oliver's withering spotlight, Congress is getting into the act with legislation to ban the practice outright. With the recent addition of Texas, Oregon, and Vermont, half of U.S. states (plus Washington, D.C.) now have a law that addresses nonconsensual pornography. But because...