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July 14, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Army National Guard members should check their credit reports after a contract employee unintentionally transferred personnel files to an unapproved data center. Compromised data includes soldiers’ names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and home addresses. “All current and former Army National Guard members since 2004 could be affected by this breach,” the National Guard Bureau’s Maj. Earl Brown said. The Pentagon did not...

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July 13, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Lawmakers are debating whether to strip the Office of Personnel Management of its control of security clearances after hackers breached nearly 20 million background check forms housed at the agency. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Steve Russell, R-Okla., who both likely had their security clearance details taken, are prepping a bill to move the security clearance database away from the OPM, perhaps to the Defense Department, where it was...

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July 10, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

All federal employees soon could get free credit- and identity-theft monitoring services. The Office of Personnel Management said it would propose providing the benefit to all federal workers, whether or not they were affected by breaches that together affected millions of employees, contractors and other individuals. OPM said it will “work with federal employee representatives and other stakeholders” to develop the plan. Source:...

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July 9, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The hacks at the Office of Personnel Management may have compromised the data of 32 million current, former and prospective federal employees. The figure, cited by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, was included in OPM’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year and is nearly double the previously reported estimate of about 18 million. It also could include potential military...

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July 8, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

If you’ve ever wanted to know who got sick of your social-media habits, there’s now an app for that. Who Deleted Me can be used for iOS or Android or as a browser extension for Google Chrome. When you use it for the first time, it downloads your Friends list. Any time you log in after that, it compares your original friend list to your current one, and can tell you who left your Facebook life. You also can check the last time your...

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July 7, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

A group of eminent cryptographers, computer scientists and security specialists say there is no viable technical solution to allow the American and British governments  “exceptional access” to encrypted communications without endangering the world’s most confidential data and critical infrastructure. The report was released Tuesday, the day before FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates are to testify...

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July 6, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, Third Certainty

China is “trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move” in the United States, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, accusing the Chinese of stealing information from both businesses and government agencies. China is suspected of the recent theft of the personal data of about 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees who were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management. The...

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July 2, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Some of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s luxury hotels have been hit by a credit card hack, according to data shared by several banks, which traced fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had been used at Trump hotels. “We have been alerted to potential suspicious credit card activity and are in the midst of a thorough investigation to determine whether it involves any of our properties,” a Trump Organization...

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July 1, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

An analysis from Vocativ has discovered that some of the information taken in the Officer of Personnel Management breach might be for sale on criminal dark net websites such as Agora, Alpha Bay and Nucleus. Vendors were charging between 50 cents and $10 per data set, Vocativ reported, meaning that if the entire trove of data went on sale, it would be worth $140 million, though only a fraction of the stolen files appear to be available...

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June 30, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Three weeks after officials said foreign hackers may have stolen sensitive government records tied to tens of millions of people, the Office of Personnel Management has shut down a system tied to the breach, essentially stopping background checks for new federal employees, contractors and others. The Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing system “will be down for an extended period of time for security enhancements.”...

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