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U.S. cyber plan calls for private-sector scans of Net

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. government is
expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic
headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more
of the country’s private, civilian-run infrastructure.

As a result, more private sector employees than ever before,
including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation
companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a
precaution against cyber attacks.

Mar 21, 2013
Mar 21, 2013

U.S. cyber plan calls for more scanning of private Web traffic

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The U.S.
government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans
Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to
include far more of the country’s private, civilian-run
infrastructure.

As a result, more private sector employees than ever before,
including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation
companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a
precaution against cyber attacks.

Mar 18, 2013
Mar 14, 2013

Critics wave knives and hockey stick at U.S. air safety hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. transportation security official on Thursday defended his controversial move to allow small knives to be carried onto airplanes, despite protests from flight attendants and lawmakers who say it will endanger the flying public.

Sitting stonily at the witness table as members of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security committee waved knives, a golf club and a hockey stick for dramatic emphasis, Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole told a hearing that his decision was made based on threat information and he had no plans to rescind it.

Mar 8, 2013

US Senate hearing spotlights ongoing discord over cybersecurity bill

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) – As the White House and
congressional lawmakers resume talks on legislation to improve
U.S. defenses against cyber-attacks, Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano on Thursday signaled that disagreements remain
over a House cybersecurity bill, which she called insufficient.

In 2012, identical legislation died in the House of
Representatives after President Barack Obama threatened to veto
it, saying the bill did not have adequate safeguards for privacy
and confidentiality, among other things.

Mar 6, 2013
Mar 6, 2013

U.S. to allow small knives to be carried onto airplanes

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation
Security Administration said on Tuesday that travelers can soon
bring small pocket knives on board airplanes for the first time
since the Sept. 11 attacks, sparking outrage from flight
attendants who said the decision would endanger passengers and
crew.

The TSA said that effective April 25, it would allow knives
with blades that are 2.36 inches (6 cm) or less in length and
less than 1/2 inch (1-1/4 cm) wide. Other items that will be
allowed on board again as part of a passenger’s carry-on luggage
include billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks and lacrosse
sticks.

    • About Deborah

      "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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