Federal Reserve announces breach of internal website by hackers

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The Federal Reserve has openly stated that “one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the central bank were affected by the intrusion.” This comes after Anonymous announced via Twitter (@OpLastResort) that they had struck the Fed on Sunday accessing personal information, which included phone numbers, login…

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United States invites hackers – code for your country

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The White House announced today that it will kick off a “National Day of Civic Hacking” on June 1 and 2 (2013) and is inviting those with tech know-how to use their coding skills to improve communities across the country. Participating government agencies will give hackers access to public data along with coding challenges that…

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The funniest tweets from last night’s presidential debate

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Obama triggered listeners’ funny bone last night with this quip responding to a criticism from Romney about the size of the U.S. Navy, Obama said: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of…

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Department of Homeland Security to form “CyberReserve” volunteer cybersecurity army made of civilian hackers?

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According to sources, the Department of Homeland Security was advised last week, to create a “cyber skills task force” that would act as a reserve army of cyber specialists in order to mold top-notch cybersecurity talent to address U.S. cybersecurity emergencies. Called the “CyberReserve” and similar to the National Guard program, CyberReserve would ensure professional…

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Iran launches organized cyberattack against U.S. banks

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The banks of JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America are being increasingly targeted this week, in a systematic denial-of-service (DoS) attack against their websites. National security officials told NBC News that the cyber attacks are originating from the government of Iran and as a result, the cyber threat level was raised from “elevated” to…

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Tim Berners-Lee’s Web Index rates countries

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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has a new pet project that he hopes will shape the Internet of the future.  His project, the “Web Index” measures and ranks over 60 countries on three broad states.  These include: web readiness, such as infrastructure; web use, the quantity of web content available; and web…

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