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Aug 27, 2014

American released by Syrian militants thanks Qatar, U.S. officials

By Jim Finkle

CAMBRIDGE Mass. (Reuters) – A U.S. writer freed this week after being held captive for two years by Syrian insurgents on Wednesday thanked those who had worked for his release and said he was emotionally overwhelmed by his welcome home.

Peter Theo Curtis, who was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s official wing in Syria, said he had no idea while he was imprisoned that there had been hundreds of people around the world pushing for his release.

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U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees compromised data of at least 25,000 workers, including some undercover investigators, and that number could rise, agency officials said on Friday.

The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of workers at the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters as well as its U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection units, two officials familiar with the investigation into the breach told Reuters.

Aug 22, 2014

Breach at U.S. government contractor affected at least 25,000 workers

BOSTON (Reuters) – A cyber attack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday.

The official told Reuters that DHS plans to notify approximately 25,000 employees that they may be “impacted” by the computer breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) over the coming days.

    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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