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Expert Wins Settlement in Whistleblower Case against Cisco

BOSTON — A computer security expert won a rare payout in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against Cisco Systems Inc. almost a decade ago, after he reported critical security flaws in Cisco video surveillance software used at major U.S. international …

Chinese Drones Banned by Tech Supplier to U.S. Police

A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the U.S. and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns. Cape, a Redwood …

Customs Says Hack Exposed Traveler, License Plate Images

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a “major privacy breach.” The federal agency …

Vulnerability Reduction Scorecard Helps Cities Save Lives and Resources

In Norfolk, Virginia, officials are taking action to reduce their city’s vulnerability to flood risks. Flooding in Norfolk does not just happen during major storms. It can happen when the sun is shining, if the tide is high or the …

U.S. FAA probes sighting of drone over baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it was investigating a report of a drone flying over Boston’s Fenway Park during Thursday’s baseball game. The Boston Red Sox said Friday that a drone flew over the playing …

St. Louis Cardinals’ Safety Act Proposal Gets Senator Backing

Sen. Claire McCaskill on Wednesday asked the Department of Homeland Security to give “full consideration” to the St. Louis Cardinals’ request for certification that would give the team certain legal protections in the event of a terrorist attack at Busch …

Cybersecurity Needs to Catch up With Auto Technology

Most people are familiar with the process of updating the software on their computer and mobile phone, but cyber components—and cybersecurity—are not limited to computers and smart phones. Today’s automobile is a smart device and is highly sophisticated. A modern …

Senator Sparks Call to Action to Get Explosive Detectors Tested

The Department of Homeland Security must move faster to test explosive detectors that can sense compounds that have been used in recent extremist attacks and to determine if the devices can be installed at airports and train stations across the …

3 Ways Your Personal Data is at Risk

Data Privacy Day, recognized each year on January 28, is an international effort focused on protecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. Data Privacy Day encourages everyone to weigh the benefits and risks of sharing information, understand what their information …

Online Fraud in 2012 Resulted in $525M in Losses

Online fraud is big business for criminals. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), jointly run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center, reported receiving over 289,000 complaints in 2012, which resulted in more than …