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  • Passcode Voices How to reform the outdated federal anti-hacking law

    The more than 30-year-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act carries overly harsh penalties for trivial digital transgressions – and it needs to be completely overhauled (or abolished altogether). 

  • Estonia's lessons for fighting Russian disinformation

    The Baltic nation has long had an adversarial relationship with its Russian neighbor. As a result, its press and public have become adept at recognizing and debunking Kremlin propaganda.

  • How Washington evaluates software vulnerabilities

    The US government keeps some security flaws for itself. We take a look inside the secretive process to decide which ones to keep - and which ones to reveal to tech companies.

  • Passcode Voices What it'll take to forge peace in cyberspace

    The international community has finally started a serious conversation about norms in cyberspace. But reaching a global consensus needs the world's attention.

  • White House tech vacancies may threaten cybersecurity advances

    President Trump has not replaced the federal chief information officer or chief information security officer, leaving gaps in key positions responsible for safeguarding and updating government systems.

  • Trump's hiring freeze blunts rush to recruit cybersecurity talent

    While federal agencies can still hire personnel necessary for national security reasons, it's unknown how many of the more than 1,000 cybersecurity jobs in Washington won't be exempt from the freeze.

  • Trump stirs apolitical Silicon Valley

    Tech workers gathered this week to protest Palantir, the mysterious big data analytics firm cofounded by Peter Thiel, President-elect Donald Trump's tech adviser.

  • How Rudy Giuliani will advise Trump on cybersecurity

    The former New York mayor will pull together experts from a community that appears skeptical of cybersecurity under a Trump presidency. 

  • Podcast: How Congress can fight Russian hackers

    The Cybersecurity Podcast team interviews Rep. Jim Langevin (D) about the cybersecurity challenges ahead after intelligence agencies came out with a report detailing Russia's involvement in the hacks of Democratic political organizations. 

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: Trump’s internet opportunity

    Instead of adding to hostilities toward internet freedom, Trump has a chance to help safeguard digital liberties. That means crafting a cybersecurity policy in his first 100 days to reinforce appropriate behavior in cyberspace.

  • Passcode Voices Opinion: What some lawmakers still don't get about encryption

    A congressional report says encryption makes America safer. Why are these two Representatives refusing to sign on?

  • Pressure rises on Obama to retaliate against Russia for hacks

    Lawmakers and cybersecurity experts say the Obama administration should have acted faster to retaliate against Moscow once it learned that Russian hackers tampered with the US presidential election. President Obama defended his response so far, and promises more is coming.

  • Where is Trump getting his cybersecurity advice?

    Since the president-elect has rejected intelligence analysis that Russian hackers meddled in the presidential election, where is he getting advice on issues of digital security and espionage?

  • Podcast: Lessons from OPM hack to improve federal cybersecurity

    The Cybersecurity Podcast crew interviews the primary author of the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report looking into last year's Office of Personnel Management cyberattack.

  • What Trump's victory means for cybersecurity

    During the campaign, Donald Trump split with intelligence officials over Russia's involvement in hacking US political organizations and offered few details about cybersecurity policies.

  • Opinion: Don't drop fitness standards for military hackers

    The notion that the government needs to lower personnel standards to attract cybersecurity researchers just perpetuates stereotypes of hackers as basement-dwelling slobs.

  • Stolen medical data on the cheap after waves of healthcare hacks

    Buyers and sellers on the digital underground are trading healthcare records databases for as much as $200,000, according to a report from Intel Security. And that's at a discount. 

  • Why a massive Election Day hack is unlikely (+video)

    At an Atlantic Council event Wednesday, experts warned about myriad technical vulnerabilities at the polls but said a hack that could change the outcome of the presidential election was nearly impossible.

  • Report finds racial bias in facial recognition technology

    More than 40 rights groups asked the Department of Justice to launch a probe examining whether systems used by police to investigate crimes disproportionately identify blacks as criminal suspects.

  • Trump and military adviser differ on blaming Russia for hacks

    At an event in Boston this week, Michael Flynn, a senior Trump adviser, said he is convinced that Russia was behind hacks into the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

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