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‘Micro Schools’ Could Be New Competition for Private K-12 – Education Week

The growth in the number of small, personalized, and more affordable “micro schools” is seen as the first innovation in the private school sector in decades.

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Prison phone company recorded private lawyer-inmate calls, hack reveals Bills

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Prison phone company recorded private lawyer-inmate calls, hack reveals Bills

Concerns about civil liberty violations are spreading after an unidentified hacker recently breached Securus Technologies and released the audio of an estimated 70 million phone conversations of USA prisoners -including communications between attorneys and their clients. “It is very important to note that we have found absolutely no evidence of attorney-client calls that were recorded without the knowledge and consent of those parties”, the firm said. Each call record included a link to a downloadable recording of the call. However, it is common practice to monitor prisoner phone calls for the objective of protecting individuals working in the prisons as well as those on the outside. Securus had been previously breached in 2014, the publication additionally revealed, “when someone hacked three calls made by an inmate named Aaron Hernandez, presumably the former player for the New England Patriots, who was awaiting trial for [allegedly] killing a friend”. It’s not the first indication that Securus may have been recording calls with attorneys. In a statement to the press, Securus Technologies officials say the company found no evidence of a hack, claiming its more likely someone with authorized access leaked the records. The cache of phone records was leaked via SecureDrop by […]

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70M Private Phone Calls Leaked in Prison Hack

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70M Private Phone Calls Leaked in Prison Hack

An anonymous hacker has accessed 70 million phone calls placed by inmates in at least 37 states by breaching Securus Technologies, a prominent telecommunications provider for correctional institutions. Of these, at least 14,000 were confidential conversations between inmates and their attorneys. The Intercept, an investigative news site, first reported the attack after receiving insider information from the hacker. The site states the telecommunications hack spans a nearly two-and-a-half year period, beginning in December 2011 and ending in the spring of 2014. Securus records all inmate phone calls to uphold security standards within these facilities; however, they are not allowed to record and store conversations between inmates and their attorneys in many states. The hacker claims they released these records to expose the recordings of attorney-client communications, an act that potentially impedes an inmate’s right to effective assistance of counsel. This hack comes approximately a year after a group of Texas lawyers sued Securus for illegally recording privileged conversations. Securus’ protocol is for attorneys to register their phone numbers for exemption; however, unregistered numbers, despite the nature of the conversation, will still be recorded. Securus is currently cooperating with law enforcement to investigate the incident. In a company statement, Securus suggests […]

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Prison phone company recorded private lawyer-inmate calls, hack reveals NYSE Post

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Prison phone company recorded private lawyer-inmate calls, hack reveals NYSE Post

Calling it “the most massive breach of the attorney-client privilege in modern US history”, the American Civil Liberties Union told The Intercept that while prisoners lose many of their constitutional rights, the right to speak privately with an attorney — related to the Sixth Amendment — must be protected. Today, the Intercept published a report on Securus Technologies-a jail telephone service provider that is heretofore best known for gouging the shit out of detainees and their families-based on a cache of metadata and recordings of tens of millions of calls provided to the outlet by an anonymous hacker. According to The Intercept, the hacker was concerned that inmates’ constitutional rights had been violated and submitted the phone records to the online news organization. The breach highlights two major issues, the first being that Securus’ systems aren’t as well protected as they claim; the second is that the current system for preventing attorneys’ calls from being recorded isn’t watertight. (The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s offender phone system is subcontracted to Securus, according to a TDCJ spokesman). “Although this investigation is ongoing, we have seen no evidence that records were shared as a result of a technology breach or hack into […]

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A ‘most private place’: Trust Google with your data above government bodies, says Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt

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A ‘most private place’: Trust Google with your data above government bodies, says Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt

Google is the “safest and most private place” to store data, Alphabet Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt said this week as he addressed privacy concerns over data collected by Google’s machine- learning mechanisms. Machine learning is a branch of computer science in which algorithms are constructed to learn from data and make more accurate predictions over time. Google uses such mechanisms in a variety of its services, including improving its search engine services, filtering spam in Gmail and classifying users’ photos in its Google Photos app. “We work very hard to keep people’s data private and to give [them] control over it,” Schmidt said during a live video conference with reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday. “You can control what Google keeps of you … and we keep your data protected using incredibly powerful encryption.” Schmidt also condemned government hacking of technology companies, adding that Google is a safer place to entrust your data than government agencies or bodies. “We are upset that it appears that the US government and the Chinese government … have attacked computer companies without permission,” said Schmidt. Source: http://www.scmp.com/tech/enterprises/article/1877771/most-private-place-trust-google-your-data-above-government-bodies

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‘Stoner hacked CIA Director AND Homeland Security Secretary’: Student leaks private information and claims to have accessed top-secret emails and voicemails

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The FBI is investigating claims two of the highest-ranking national security officials in the US have had their personal emails hacked by a ‘dope smoking’ student hacker. Federal agents are probing reports that the personal accounts of CIA Director John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson were breached. The hacker, who told CNN that he was ‘below the age of 22 years old, I smoke pot, and I live in America’ claimed that he had broken into Brennan’s personal email account and taken sensitive files, including a top-secret application for a security clearance. He also claimed he prank-called Brennan, who is America’s top spy, and taunted him by reciting his Social Security number. ‘He waited a tiny bit and hung up,’ the hacker said. As well as cracking Brennan’s personal AOL account, he claimed to have targeted Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, accessing his internet provider account and listening to his voicemails. An attachment was also released with the names, social security numbers and phone numbers of 20 people said to be affiliated with the CIA head. The unidentified youth told the New York Post last night that Brennan had stored sensitive information on his private email account. This included […]

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FBI BREAKS CYBERCRIME BARRIERS WITH PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

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When you think of the city making the most strides in the fight against cybercriminals, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, may not be the first place that comes to mind. But the city has fostered a unique collaboration between private companies and federal agencies, known as the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA), which has helped to break down barriers and solve some landmark cybercrime cases, The Wall Street Journal reported late last week. Recently, federal agents operating out of Pittsburgh were responsible for taking down Darkode, which was said to be one of the most sophisticated cybercrime forums online. By tapping into the information and resources of private companies, the field agents and investigators can work alongside the employees of banks and other businesses to identify cyber threats. “You can’t build a wall between us and private industry…and expect them to open their books and doors to you,” Scott Smith, head of the FBI’s Pittsburgh division, told WSJ. The NCFTA collaboration, which was established in the early 2000s, has really become a win-win for both sides, especially for the private sector which has limits law enforcement does not, such as the ability to obtain court orders for prosecuting cybercrime suspects or seizing […]

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Good News: China Was Hacking and Reading U.S. Government Email When Hillary Was Using Unsecure, Private Server

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Good news, everyone. According to anew report from NBC, Chinese cyber attackers were hacking and reading email belonging to U.S. government officials between 2010 and 2014 (and that’s just what we know about) under the code name “dancing Panda.” Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013, made their efforts really easy through her use of a private, unsecure email server at the time. Keep in mind, the FBI is currently conducting a criminal investigation into whether Clinton sent or received classified information on her private system. Clinton was certainly sending highly sensitive government information through her private account and the Chinese likely read it all. China’s cyber spies have accessed the private emails of “many” top Obama administration officials, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official and a top secret document obtained by NBC News, and have been doing so since at least April 2010. The email grab — first codenamed “Dancing Panda” by U.S. officials, and then “Legion Amethyst” — was detected in April 2010, according to a top secret NSA briefing from 2014. The intrusion into personal emails was still active at the time of the briefing and, according to the senior official, is […]

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Private Investigator faces Jail for Hacking

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What a disgrace: A private investigator, Eric Saldarriaga, 41, got nailed for hacking into peoples’ e-mails. He may get six months in the can. Is six months reasonable for this, though? A recent online New York Times article quotes a prosecutor who points out that hackers could be deterred by the threat of harsh penalties—because the mind of a hacker operates with a lot of thinking, vs. the mind of someone who impulsively pulls out a gun or knife. So what did Saldarriaga do exactly? He paid an overseas company to get the login information for e-mail accounts: a hacker-for-hire deal. His clients included lawyers and other private investigators. He was known for gaining access to e-mail accounts without the user’s knowledge, so this is why he got some of his cases in the first place. Breaking into e-mails is a serious crime because it can involve the accounts of big companies, revealing their trade secrets and other classified information. One of Saldarriaga’s victims was journalist Tony Ortega, who has spent about 20 years writing about Scientology. Ortega believes that this controversial church’s reps hired Saldarriaga to get information about Ortega. Ortega, as well as possibly most of the other […]

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Feds Violate Data Breach Reporting Requirements They Would Impose on Private Companies

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The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management apparently discovered in April amassive security breach of its systems in which the personally identifiable information at least 4 million government employees was rifled through by Chinese government hackers. The OPMwaited at least two months — that would be more than 60 days — to begin notifying current and former federal employees of the breach. Now, CNN is reporting that the hackers may have accessed personal information of 18 millioncurrent and former government employees. Earlier this year the Obama Admininstration proposed the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act which, among other things, would require any business … …that uses, accesses, transmits, stores, disposes of or collects sensitive personally identifiable information about more than 10,000 individuals during any 12-month period shall, following the discovery of a security breach of such information, notify any individual whose sensitive personally identifiable information has been, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed or acquired, unless there is no reasonable risk of harm or fraud to such individual. Unless the business can demonstrate reasons for delay, they must inform customers about the security breach within 30 days of discovering the intrusion. To be fair, the data protection act does […]

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