By Chris Strohm – The U.S. House passed cybersecurity legislation backed by companies including Boeing Co. (BA) and AT&T Inc. (T), defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama’s administration over what it called inadequate privacy protections.
The bill doesn’t require companies “to take reasonable steps” to remove personal information when sharing cybersecurity data with the government or other companies, the White House said April 16 in a statement on the veto threat. more> http://tinyurl.com/bproon9
- Cybersecurity Standards for Electric Grid Seen Expanding, Brian Wingfield, Businessweek
- As CISPA cybersecurity bill passes House, privacy advocates mobilize, Chenda Ngak, CBS News
- CISPA Vote: House Passes Cybersecurity Bill To Let Companies Break Privacy Contracts, Zach Carter and Sabrina Siddiqui, huffingtonpost.com
- CISPA Passes In The House, (Again) But Faces Resistance In Senate And White House (Again), Andy Greenberg, Forbes
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Tagged Bill of Rights, Broadband, Congress Watch, Cybersecurity, Digital privacy, Government, Internet, United States
Reuters – Spamhaus, a London and Geneva-based non-profit group which helps weed out unsolicited “spam” messages for email providers, said it had been subjected to “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week.
“Based on the reported scale of the attack, which was evaluated at 300 Gigabits per second, we can confirm that this is one of the largest DDoS operations to date,” online security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statement. more> http://tinyurl.com/blc3f8h
By Brandon Butler – Below are four legislation that are either actively being debated, or could come up for consideration soon.
1. Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
ECPA allows the government to obtain access to digital communications — including email, Facebook messages, information sitting in your public cloud provider’s databases, and a variety of other files — with only a subpoena and not a warrant once those items are 180 days old.
2. Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
At a basic level, CISPA dictates how companies share information about cyberthreats with the federal government. Opponents to the legislation, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (read an FAQ about CISPA from the EFF here), are worried about what they call inadequate privacy protections given the broad definitions of cyberthreat.
3. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)
Generally speaking, CFAA makes it a federal crime to access and share protected information. Organizations like the EFF have called for CFAA reforms for years.
4. Trans Pacific-Partnership Agreement (TPP)
The U.S. Trade Office on its website discusses the benefits of TPP, particularly as they relate to trade agreements between the countries, but says little about the technology impacts of the TPP. more> http://tinyurl.com/b2u6kdl
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Reuters – The latest problems on Chase.com came as intelligence officials said for the first time on Tuesday that cyber attacks and cyber espionage have surpassed terrorism as the top security threat facing the United States.
JPMorgan and other major U.S. banks, including Bank of America Corp and Citigroup Inc, have recently warned their investors that their sites have been attacked and that the assaults could continue. more> http://tinyurl.com/ajf9swm