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China military hackers persist despite being outed by U.S. -report

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The disclosure early this year
of a secretive Chinese military unit believed to be behind a
series of hacking attacks has failed to halt the cyber
intrusions, a U.S. computer security company and congressional
advisory panel said on Wednesday.

A report by the cybersecurity company Mandiant in February
identified the People’s Liberation Army’s Shanghai-based Unit
61398 as the most likely culprit in hacking attacks on a wide
range of industries. China’s Defense Ministry denied the

Oct 31, 2013

Senators question security clearance process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senators on Thursday questioned the government’s security clearance process, calling it “shocking” that investigators doing a security check on accused Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis did not consult police records before giving him clearance.

In a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, senators peppered administration officials to explain how “secret-level” clearances could be given without having to check police records even if the applicant for clearance had an arrest history.

Oct 29, 2013

NSA chief defends agency amid U.S. spy rift with Europe

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security
Agency director on Tuesday defended the spy agency as acting
within legal boundaries, amid a public uproar which has grown
from anger over the collection of Americans’ phone and email
records to outrage over spying on European allies.

General Keith Alexander offered an impassioned defense of
the beleaguered intelligence agency, telling the House of
Representatives Intelligence Committee that the NSA is focused
on preventing attacks on Americans and allies, and operates
under strict oversight.

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      "General assignment reporter in Washington, DC where she has previously covered the White House, Justice Department, Homeland Security and foreign affairs. Debbie has covered three presidential campaigns, including extensive coverage of Obama from 2007 through inauguration. Also worked in bureaus in Madrid, Bangkok, Montreal, Toronto, New York and Buenos Aires. In February she covered her fifth Olympics in Vancouver."
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