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Attacker grabs data for 3.6 million South Carolina taxpayers; governor wants to see culprit “brutalized”

Posted October 29, 2012 She’s got a right to be incensed, with 77% of the state’s population’s Social Security numbers being snatched out from under the Department of Revenue. But what’s the appropriate penalty for the department, for the crime of leaving the data unprotected? Read the full story on Naked Security.

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US EMP missile fries PCs and electronics in trial run of microwave weapon

Posted October 29, 2012 Sci-fi turns real as the Boeing and the US Air Force test a drone-like, experimental weapon that targets electronics while sparing buildings and human lives. It sounds too good to be true, which it well might be, given the range of mishaps that have plagued US drones. Here’s more.

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Lax security blamed for 100,000+ sensitive files found on Manning’s PC

Posted December 20, 2011 The fourth pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning put the spotlight on more than 100,000 sensitive documents and conversation logs between Manning and a former hacker. This case raises a core question: How can organisations contain the considerable risk presented by rogue employees? Here’s the story.

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Anonymous takes down El Salvadoran sites

Anonymous launched DDoS attacks against El Salvador’s government, forcing several websites to be temporarily taken offline. The full story’s here.

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DARPA pleads with hackers for help in cyberspace war

In a first-ever conference, officials warned that bloated security software is no match for lean, nimble malware as the country battles unnamed enemies. Here’s the full story.

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