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Social Media and Criminal Organizations

- In the social media world, individuals are encouraged to readily serve up personal data about where they are, who they are with, and when. But cartel members who use Facebook or similar social sites, for target selection can easily exploit this information to establish behavior patterns. (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)

Court Rules Video Privacy Act Applies Online

- A Northern California court has ruled that the Video Privacy Protection Act, passed in 1988, applies to online streaming video companies just as it has to older brick-and-mortar video stores.

Google Algorithm Tweak to Punish Pirates

- Starting this week, Google may begin lowering the rank of Web sites appearing in its search results when the sites appear to be violating copyright laws.

Phishing E-mails Spoof Payroll Services

- In recent weeks, fraudulent e-mails purporting to be from payroll companies have aimed to lure recipients into downloading data-stealing malware onto their computers.

Screen Scraping Security

- Companies that use scanning tools to search for data must be careful to avoid violating privacy laws.

Morning Security Brief: Name of Wisconsin Shooter to Be Released, Y-12 Breach Update, Cybersecurity Investors, and More

- Wisconsin authorities have released little information about the man responsible for the Sikh temple shooting this weekend. Y-12 complex security leadership "removed" after breach. Investors eye cybersecurity start-ups. And more.

Two California Men Sentenced for ATM Fraud

- Two Southern California men were sentenced last week to 60 months each in prison for attempting to defraud nearly 1,000 debit and credit card holders by using stolen bank account information to withdraw money from ATMs.

Morning Security Brief: FCC Blocks Local Authorities From Using Emergency Broadband, Australia Breaks Up Drug Ring, and More

- FCC to block states from using broadband networks for emergencies until national system is built. Australia busts up a $500 million drug ring. And more.

Cybersecurity

- A bill (H.R. 2096) that would mandate government cybersecurity efforts has been approved by the House of Representatives. It is currently pending in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Data Security

- A new study finds that older computer users tend to choose stronger passwords than younger users.

Morning Security Brief: Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure, Cybersecurity Tips from Black Hat, Skype Surveillance, and More

- Cyberattacks against U.S. infrastructure are on the rise. Tips for businesses looking to enhance cybersecurity. Skype says it doesn’t record user conversations amid rumors. And more.

Lawmakers Query Data Brokers on Privacy

- A bipartisan group of lawmakers have sent letters to nine of the country’s largest data aggregating companies, asking them questions about how they collect, use, and sell consumer data to third parties.

Study Highlights Infrastructure Risks

- A biennial report that looks at how well various industries manage risk and guard against cyberattacks has found that critical infrastructure, including the energy and utilities sectors, is among the lowest ranked of the group.
 




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