Many OPM Records Theft Victims Must Re-enroll For Monitoring Services

Many OPM Records Theft Victims Must Re-enroll For Monitoring Services

Many current and former federal employees who signed up for identity protection services after the cyber theft of their personal information soon will have to re-enroll to keep that coverage, administration officials said Monday.

A contract for those services expiring Dec. 1 will be replaced immediately by another but with a different company, Office of Personnel Management officials said.

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Powerful NSA Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online

Powerful NSA Hacking Tools Have Been Revealed Online

Some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed in recent days, a development that could pose severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations and the security of government and corporate computers.

A cache of hacking tools with code names such as Epicbanana, Buzzdirection and Egregiousblunder appeared mysteriously online over the weekend, setting the security world abuzz with speculation over whether the material was legitimate.

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How to Break the Deadlock Over Data Encryption

How to Break the Deadlock Over Data Encryption

Since the 1990s, U.S. law enforcement has expressed concern about “going dark,” roughly defined as an inability to access encrypted communications or data even with a court order. Silicon Valley companies are rolling out encrypted products that allow users alone to access their data, and in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attacks, law enforcement officials argue that their fears are being realized. The FBI is engaged in a public battle with Apple over access to data stored on the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers and cautions that encrypted messaging apps could hinder the organization’s ability to uncover terrorism plots.

To prevent future attacks, law enforcement has urged U.S. tech giants to build in “backdoors” or “front doors” to their products — essentially, the technical ability to decrypt communications pursuant to a warrant. Silicon Valley and computer scientists argue that any solution allowing someone other than the data’s owner to decrypt communications amounts to a flaw that could be exploited by criminals and state actors and thus weakens security for everyone. Moreover, proponents of encryption point out that numerous countries and groups have developed their own products and services, meaning anti-encryption policies will only hurt the competitiveness of U.S. companies without providing access to a great deal of suspect communications. Despite the technologists’ claim of the intractability of the problem, U.S. officials insist there is a technological workaround and have sought to compel tech companies’ assistance to break into encrypted devices.

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National Security Agency Plans Major Reorganization

National Security Agency Plans Major Reorganization

The National Security Agency, the largest electronic spy agency in the world, is undertaking a major reorganization, merging its offensive and defensive organizations in the hope of making them more adept at facing the digital threats of the 21st century, according to current and former officials.

In place of the Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance directorates — the organizations that historically have spied on foreign targets and defended classified networks against spying, respectively — the NSA is creating a Directorate of Operations that combines the operational elements of each.

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More Air Force Drones are Crashing Than Ever as Mysterious New Problems Emerge

More Air Force Drones are Crashing Than Ever as Mysterious New Problems Emerge

A record number of Air Force drones crashed in major accidents last year, documents show, straining the U.S. military’s fleet of robotic aircraft when it is in more demand than ever for counterterrorism missions in an expanding array of war zones.

Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force’s newest and most advanced “hunter-killer” drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon’s favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups.

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