Morning Security Brief: NSA Order Renewal, Security for the Pope's Visit, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

The White House has not confirmed whether it will renew the order that allows it the National Security Agency collect phone call information on Verizon customers. The order expires at 5pm today. The Guardian reports that the White House and the Foreign Intellience Surveillance Court, which issued the order, both decline to answer questions on whether the order will be renewed. AT&T and Sprint also reportedly have similar orders but it is unknown when they expire, according to the article. The NSA director has stated that the phone record collection has contributed to the discovery of 10 domestic terror plots. However, the collection has also sparked a civil liberties outcry.

Tumblr has announced a major security glitch in its iPad and iPhone apps that revealed security passwords. The flaw was first discovered by a user who found that the apps were not logging in using a secure server (SSL) and then alerted a news outlet, according to The Huffington Post. According to the article, "Tumblr's support team did not fix the glitch when the reader first reported it to them, so the unnamed source brought the issue to the Register's attention, the Register reports." Tumblr says it's now fixed the glitch but the app update must be downloaded for the fix.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Rio de Janeiro next week but The Wall Street Journal reports that officials are rethinking security because of a demonstration that resulted in looting, fires, and vandalism. The demonstration occurred outside the governor's apartment on Wednesday night. There have been other demonstrations in other cities in Brazil in recent months. The pope arrives on Monday for the Catholic Church's World Youth Day and there are plans for another demonstration. Protestors are demonstrating in calls for a congressional investigation against the governor and to protest spending on the 2014 World Cup, among other things, according to the WSJ.

Also in the news: A murder in Prince Georges County Jail in Maryland spotlights security issues, the University of Virginia has a breach of 18,000 student Social Security Numbers, and 15 high-risk diplomatic locations still lack proper security, according to the State Department.


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