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Britain’s parliament shut down external access to e-mail accounts on Saturday following a cyberattack. Parliamentary authorities described the attack as “sustained and determined”, in an email sent to lawmakers and published by the Daily Telegraph. “Earlier this morning we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyberattack on our computer network,” it read. “Closer […]

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The leaders of a key Senate panel are pressing the federal government for information about the security clearance of a government contractor recently accused of passing classified material to a news outlet. Reality Leigh Winner was arrested by the FBI in early June and charged in federal court with violating a section of the Espionage Act.

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Michael Daniel, a top adviser to Obama on cybersecurity from mid-2012 to the end of the Obama administration, said U.S. intelligence agencies have to arm themselves for a cyber war, and that critics who argue for a disarmament are not living in a realistic world. He also argued the rules ultimately make the U.S. safer.

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It’s understandable that people should look for someone to blame after a malware outbreak as significant as WannaCry.
Is it the fault for the NSA for discovering a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s code, and not telling Microsoft at the time? Can we blame Microsoft for shipping buggy code in the first place?

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