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Hacker claims breach on CIA director Brennan's personal AOL account

A group of hackers claims one of their own hacked CIA director John Brennan's personal email account, according to several reports and unverified documents that the hackers have shared over social networks.

What keeps an FBI cyber official up at night?

"From our standpoint, the ability of a nation state or terrorist group to implant malware on a piece of critical infrastructure and manipulate that malware is significant for us," said Brett Leatherman, assistant section chief for cyber outreach at the FBI.

New report recommends US strategy to prevent Americans traveling overseas to fight for ISIS

More than 250 Americans are going overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups and the United States has largely failed to stop most of them, in part, because it lacks a national strategy, the House Homeland Security Committee said in the new bipartisan report.

US, China reach cybersecurity agreement, commit to regular dialogue

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced today a broad agreement on cybersecurity terms between their nations, including unexpected considerations focused on protecting intellectual property.

OPM underestimated fingerprint data theft, says 5.6M fingerprints stolen

The Office of Personnel Management said five times more people had their fingerprint data stolen as part of recent breaches than it initially thought.

FBI warns businesses, public about cybercriminals exploiting unsecure IoT devices

The agency said cybercriminals can gain access to personal or business networks through deficient security on such devices as well as people's lack of awareness regarding device security.

Federal law enforcement agents must now get warrant to use stingrays, new DOJ policy says

Stingrays or cell-site simulators are devices that impersonate cellphone towers to pinpoint a cellphone's location. While the department maintained that the technology is critical for certain investigations, the new "enhanced policy" marks a significant shift for the agency.  

NIST, FBI collaborate on biometric technology certification program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is researching the potential of contactless fingerprinting devices that would allow biometric reading simply by showing one's hand rather than placing it directly on a scanner

FBI seeks help from US antiquities leaders to bar Islamic State from cashing in on looted artifacts

Leaders in the art and antiquities market are being asked to help prevent the trade of illegally obtained artifacts so the terrorist group does not get funds. The FBI is providing them with a one-page document, explaining what they can do and who to contact.

Default smartphone encryption would deter thefts of millions of devices, privacy expert says

Kevin Bankston, director of New America's Open Technology Institute, called smartphone theft a "criminal epidemic," in which there were 3.1 million victims in 2013, nearly double from the prior year.