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Obama administration released illegal immigrant children to criminals’ homes

The Obama administration released thousands of illegal immigrant children to sponsors with criminal records, including arrests on charges of child molestation, human trafficking and homicide, a top senator charged Tuesday.

If true, it would be a stunning black mark on President Obama’s immigration record, according to analysts, who said the first job of the government was toRead More

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Obama Lets NSA Use Zero-Day Exploits by labeling it as ‘National Security Need’

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On Saturday, the Senior Administration Officials cast light on the subject of Internet Security and said President Obama has clearly decided that whenever the U.S. Intelligence agency like NSA discovers major vulnerabilities, in most of the situations the agency should reveal them rather than exploiting for national purpose, according to The New York Times.OBAMA’s POLICY WITH LOOPHOLE FOR NSAYet, there is an exception to the above statement, as Mr. President carved a detailed exception to the policy “Unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need,” which means that the policy creates a loophole for the spying agencies like NSA to sustain their surveillance programs by exploiting security vulnerabilities to create Cyber Weapons.After three-month review of recommendations [PDF-file], the Final Report of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies was submitted to Mr. Obama on last December, out of which one of the recommendation on page no. 37 states that, “In rare instances, US policy may briefly authorize using a Zero Day for high priority intelligence collection, following senior, interagency review involving all appropriate departments.”Obama took this new decision in January this year, but the elements of decision disclosed just one day after the story of HeartBleed […]

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Obama nominates new OPM director after hack

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Obama nominates new OPM director after hack

President Barack Obama has tapped a new leader for the Office of Personnel Management, the federal agency beset by questions over its handling of a massive hack on personal information earlier this year. The White House said Tuesday that Obama was nominating Beth Cobert to fill the post. Colbert has been acting as interim director since July. Her predecessor, Katherine Archuleta, stepped down after the agency revealed aCOMPUTER hack had affected far more individuals than initially thought. Obama said in a statement that Cobert “will bring tremendous depth and quality of experience to her role as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.” The federal government revealed in June that hackers had obtained information aboutBACKGROUND CHECKS from OPM computers. Officials identified the Chinese as behind the cyber intrusion, though the U.S. government never officially accused Beijing of responsibility. Reaction to Cobert’s nomination among lawmakers was largely positive, even those skeptical of OPM’s handling of the hacking incident. “In my initial meetings with Beth Cobert, she has impressed me as a talented, qualified, and competent choice for OPM Director,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. The Utah Republican called on Cobert to sack the […]

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Chinese computer hack attacks slow ahead of Obama summit: experts

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Major intrusions by Chinese hackers of U.S. companies’ computer systems appear to have slowed in recent months, private-sector experts say, ahead of a meeting between China’s president and President Barack Obama with cyber security on the agenda. Three senior executives at private-sector firms in the field told Reuters they had noticed a downtick in hacking activity. “The pace of new breaches feels like it’s tempering,” said Kevin Mandia, founder of Mandiant, a prominent company that investigates sophisticated corporate breaches. A point of friction in U.S.-Chinese relations, cyber security will be a major focus of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week in Washington, D.C., Obama said earlier this week. In the same remarks, Obama called for a global framework to prevent the Internet from being “weaponised” as a tool of national aggression, while also holding out the prospect of a forceful U.S. response to China over recent hacking attacks. Mandia has probed major corporate breaches, including those at Sony Pictures Entertainment (6758.T), Target (TGT.N) and healthcare insurers. Experts have connected some of these to a breach of classified background investigations at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which was traced to China. Government-supported hackers in China may have backed […]

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Chinese computer hackers hit pause ahead of Obama summit

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Major intrusions by Chinese hackers of U.S. companies’ computer systems appear to have slowed in recent months, private-sector experts say, ahead of a meeting between China’s president and President Barack Obama with cybersecurity on the agenda. Three senior executives at private-sector firms in the field told Reuters they had noticed a downtick in hacking activity. “The pace of new breaches feels like it’s tempering,” said Kevin Mandia, founder of Mandiant, a prominent company that investigates sophisticated corporate breaches. A point of friction in U.S.-Chinese relations, cybersecurity will be a major focus of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week in Washington, D.C., Obama said earlier this week. In the same remarks, Obama called for a global framework to prevent the Internet from being “weaponized” as a tool of national aggression, while also holding out the prospect of a forceful U.S. response to China over recent hacking attacks. Mandia has probed major corporate breaches, including those at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target and healthcare insurers. Experts have connected some of these to a breach of classified background investigations at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which was traced toChina. Government-supported hackers in China may have backed off recently as Chinese and […]

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OBAMA COMPLAINS ABOUT CHINESE CYBER-ESPIONAGE

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A few weeks ahead of a visit to Washington from Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama is talking tough about Chinese cyber-attacks. “We’ve made very clear to the Chinese that there are certain practices that they’re engaging in that we know are emanating from China and are not acceptable,” Obama said in an appearance at Ft. Meade. “And we can choose to make this an area of competition – which I guarantee you we’ll win if we have to – or, alternatively, we can come to an agreement in which we say, this isn’t helping anybody. Let’s instead try to have some basic rules of the road in terms of how we operate.” The Hill notes that the Administration is “reportedly weighing sanctions against Chinese interests or companies in response to the hacks.” Chinese government hackers have reportedly stolen commercial data from many U.S. companies, and personal data about many American government employees — including those with security clearances, plus private data from Americans’ health-care companies. Obama has done little or nothing to stop this coast-to-coast raiding of Americans’ property, but has instead worked elsewhere to boost the Democratic party’s political power. In the Pacific, China’s government is building new island-bases […]

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Obama apologizes to Japan over NSA spying claims

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“President Obama said he was very sorry… as the case caused a big debate in Japan,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said without confirming the spying claims. Suga added that Abe told Obama that if the allegations were true, “it could shake our relationship of trust.” In July, WikiLeaks posted online what appeared to be five U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) reports on Japanese positions on international trade and climate change. The reports were allegedly gleaned from intercepts from 2007 to 2009, revealing years-long espionage on Japanese officials and major companies. WikiLeaks also posted what it says was an NSA list of 35 top surveillance targets in Japan, including the Cabinet Office, the finance and trade ministries and prominent Japanese companies. Japan’s ‘muted’ response over spying claims Tokyo’s response has been widely seen as muted compared to the anger expressed in France and Germany following similar NSA spying allegations. Japan is seen as one of Washington’s key allies in the Asia-Pacific region and they regularly consult on defense, economic and trade issues. Unlike German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, Abe did not appear to be a direct target of wiretapping, although other senior politicians allegedly were, […]

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Jeb hits Obama over massive gov’t cyber breach

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Jeb Bush on Monday used the recent hacking of the Office of Personnel Management to bash President Barack Obama on cyber security and plant a flag on how he would handle cyber threats. Bush, who has been sharpening his attacks on Obama on the campaign trail in recent weeks, posted on the publishing platform Medium that the recent hacking of OPM shows the Obama administration doesn’t take those types of “threats seriously.” The post comes as the Obama administration deals with the fallout of a huge breach of federal employees’ data. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight committee, is looking to question a pair of contractors hired by OPM to perform background checks on potential employees to see if they accidentally opened up the agency to an attack. “A recent Inspector General report indicates that vulnerabilities to OPM’s systems had been identified as much as a year ago. And no one can suggest the government did not understand the value of millions of personnel records — many of which included the intrusive and sensitive personnel questionnaire (the “SF-86”),” Bush wrote. “OPM officials knew this data was valuable, knew it was sensitive, and knew it was […]

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Obama to urge tech firms to share data with government

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The White House confirmed today the President would do so ahead of a cybersecurity summit bringing together leading industry and law enforcement figures. Besides Mr Obama, Apple’s Tim Cook is also due to speak at the conference. Top Google, Yahoo and Facebook executives turned down invitations. A rift has appeared between the President and senior industry figures over his calls for them to hand over more data. According to a White House statement, the President would sign an advisory executive order encouraging the setting up of information sharing and analysis organisations (ISAOs) to help firms and government to share material on potential threats. It will also develop a common set of voluntary standards for the organisations to follow, including the protection of civil liberties, the White House said. Mr Obama has also launched an intelligence unit to co-ordinate cyber-threat analysis. A senior member of Britain’s National Crime Agency is also due to appear, along with executives from Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The figures are appearing at a White House summit, but one that the president has chosen to hold in Silicon Valley, rather than in Washington DC. Facebook, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft have all sent their information security executives to […]

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Obama takes on cybersecurity. Three ways BuySecure will help you

Obama takes on cybersecurity. Three ways BuySecure will help you

President Obama is stepping up the government’s cybersecurity battle with his BuySecure initiative. Here’s how the move can help improve your financial safety.

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