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Feb 11, 2014

New hopes for U.S. data breach law collide with old reality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Data thefts at U.S. retailers have rekindled enthusiasm in Congress for a single federal law on how customers should be notified about such breaches, but those efforts face the same roadblock as in the past: dozens of overlapping state laws already in place.

Congressional hearings and calls for new powers by consumer protection agencies followed quickly after breaches at retailers Target Corp, Neiman Marcus and Michaels Companies were revealed.

Feb 9, 2014

U.S. lawmakers see serious threat of attacks in Russia during Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives’ intelligence and homeland security panels on Sunday warned of a serious threat of attacks in Russia during the Winter Olympics, though U.S. officials say the Olympic grounds are secure.

The Olympics formally opened on Friday in Sochi. Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus region have threatened attacks during the February 7-23 Games.

Feb 5, 2014

U.S. firms lax with data security, Illinois official tells Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – U.S. companies that have
fallen prey to hackers, exposing the private information of
millions of customers, have often failed to take basic security
precautions to protect client data, Illinois Attorney General
Lisa Madigan told a House of Representatives committee hearing
on Wednesday.

Madigan said previous investigations, conducted before the
recent spate of high-profile breaches, had turned up repeated
instances where companies allowed their systems to retain
unencrypted data, failed to install software patches for known
vulnerabilities and kept information longer than necessary.

Feb 5, 2014

Many U.S. companies lax with data security: Illinois Atty General

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies that have fallen prey to hackers, exposing the private information of millions of customers, have often failed to take basic security precautions to protect client data, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday.

Madigan said previous investigations, conducted before the recent spate of high-profile breaches, had turned up repeated instances where companies allowed their systems to retain unencrypted data, failed to install software patches for known vulnerabilities and retained information longer than necessary.

Feb 5, 2014

U.S. mobile data traffic to jump nearly eight-fold by 2018: Cisco

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The volume of data crossing U.S. mobile networks will grow almost eight-fold by 2018, and demand for Internet-connected devices will also skyrocket, according to a report released on Wednesday that poses questions about U.S. spectrum policy.

U.S. consumers will download and upload more data on their smartphones in 2018 than they did on their laptops in 2013, according to a forecast by Cisco Systems Inc. Americans will continue to lead the world as earlier and faster converts to new smart devices and networks, the Cisco report said.

Feb 5, 2014

U.S. mobile data traffic to jump nearly 8-fold by 2018 -Cisco

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The volume of data crossing
U.S. mobile networks will grow almost eight-fold by 2018, and
demand for Internet-connected devices will also skyrocket,
according to a report released on Wednesday that poses questions
about U.S. spectrum policy.

U.S. consumers will download and upload more data on their
smartphones in 2018 than they did on their laptops in 2013,
according to a forecast by Cisco Systems Inc. Americans
will continue to lead the world as earlier and faster converts
to new smart devices and networks, the Cisco report said.

Feb 4, 2014

U.S. retailers at Senate hearing: hackers have upper hand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. retailers speaking to a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday bemoaned the sophistication of hackers and urged better collaboration with banks on anti-theft technology.

However, they revealed few new details of recent massive data breaches that compromised the personal information of millions of customers.

Feb 4, 2014

Fewer than 1.1 mln accounts exposed in Neiman breach -executive

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A recently revealed
cybersecurity breach at Neiman Marcus potentially exposed 1.1
million accounts to malware, but the upscale U.S. retailer
believes the actual number affected was less than that, its
chief information officer said on Tuesday.

U.S. retail executives including the chief financial officer
of Target Corp appeared before the Senate Judiciary
Committee to answer questions about data breaches that exposed
payment card and personal information of millions of customers
to hackers in the last several months.

Feb 4, 2014

FCC chief tells Sprint chair he is skeptical on T-Mobile deal

By Alina Selyukh and Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed his skepticism about a potential merger between Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in a meeting with Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son on Monday, according to an FCC official briefed on the matter.

Son, chief executive at Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which acquired Sprint last year, met with the top U.S. telecommunications regulator alongside Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse.

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. wireless group proposes TV channel-sharing pilot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. wireless industry lobby is proposing a pilot project to test how two television stations could share radio frequencies, hoping the practice catches on and broadcasters free up more of the valuable airwaves to be sold in an upcoming spectrum auction.

The wireless association, CTIA, said on Tuesday it has found two stations in Los Angeles – KJLA and KLCS – interested in testing how they could send their video through the same radio frequency channel.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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