Morning Security Brief: Documents Declassified, Timeline for REAL ID, Company Pleads Guilty to Corruption, and More

By Teresa Anderson

The Guardian reports that the U.S. government has declassified documents outlining how the NSA was first authorized to conduct widespread surveillance. In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued on Saturday noting the President George W. Bush first authorized the program in October 2001 and disclosed the existence of the program in 2005. President Obama has indicated that he would consider changing the NSA’s program. One recommendation is to require the NSA to seek a search warrant to access the phone records database and to put control of the database into the private sector.

► The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a timeline for federal agencies and states to comply with a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to issue secure drivers’ licenses and ID cards. The DHS has determined that 41 states and territories are “either fully compliant with the REAL ID standards or have made sufficient progress to qualify for an extension.” The DHS notes that states have successfully implemented 70 percent of the standard’s requirements, “demonstrating the achievability of the law.” The first phase of the new timeline is limited to DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C., and then expands to other federal facilities later this year.

► A unit of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has admitted to violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCPA) by bribing Ukrainian officials in exchange for tax refunds. According to The FCPA Blog, ADM also paid $36.5 million to resolve civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Ukrainian unit of ADM paid $17.8 million in criminal fines.

► In other news: The DHS has released a report detailing its progress on U.S.-Canada border initiatives. Newly leaked NSA documents reveal that the agency promoted a faulty encryption formula that created a “back door” for government access. Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the country’s Federal Security Service the power to investigate cybercrime.


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