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Jan 23, 2014

FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S.
retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering
about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same
kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in
the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a
confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week
describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that
infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash
registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store
checkout aisles.

Jan 23, 2014

Exclusive: FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S. retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store checkout aisles.

Jan 21, 2014

Secret Service probes link between border arrests, Target data breach

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service said
on Tuesday it was checking for links between the recent hacking
of consumer data from Target Corp and the weekend arrest
of two Mexicans who tried to enter the United States at a Texas
border crossing with a cache of fraudulent credit cards.

But other law enforcement sources said it was not clear
whether there was a link between the Target data breach and the
arrests, which occurred at the U.S. border crossing at McAllen,
Texas.

Jan 20, 2014

U.S. studying rescue plans in case of crisis at Sochi Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the face of concerns about possible attacks by militants during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, U.S. military and intelligence officials have been studying contingency plans for evacuating Americans from the games in case of a crisis.

But U.S. officials have concluded there would be major obstacles to mounting a large-scale effort by the military or other U.S. government resources to evacuate Americans from Sochi, said a source familiar with Obama administration debates.

Jan 19, 2014

U.S. studying possible rescue plans in case of crisis at Sochi Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the face of concerns about possible attacks by militants during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, U.S. military and intelligence officials have been studying contingency plans for evacuating Americans from the games in case of a crisis.

But U.S. officials have concluded there would be major obstacles to mounting a large-scale effort by the military or other U.S. government resources to evacuate Americans from Sochi, said a source familiar with Obama administration debates.

Jan 17, 2014

Hiring of lawyer highlights ties between Christie, Giuliani

By Gabriel Debenedetti and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie needed help in his fight to salvage his damaged political reputation, he turned to an aggressive New York lawyer who had been a top aide to former Republican New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Randy Mastro, once Giuliani’s chief of staff and Deputy Mayor for Operations, was at least the eighth Giuliani staffer to join Team Christie over the years, and the choice showed the close ties between the governor and the former mayor.

Jan 17, 2014

Obama to announce overhaul to controversial NSA programme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency programme that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said.

In an 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) speech at the Justice Department, Obama will say he is ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone “metadata” program from the way the NSA currently handles it.

Jan 17, 2014

Exclusive: Obama to announce overhaul to controversial NSA program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said.

In an 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) speech at the Justice Department, Obama will say he is ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone “metadata” program from the way the NSA currently handles it.

Jan 16, 2014

Target agrees to testify on Capitol Hill about data breach

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Target Corp has
agreed to testify before Congress in early February about a data
breach that compromised credit and debit card and personal data
of millions of customers, a House of Representatives
subcommittee said on Thursday.

Representative Lee Terry, who chairs the commerce,
manufacturing and trade subcommittee of the House Committee on
Energy and Commerce, said in a statement that a hearing
conducted by his panel would examine such data breaches and
their effect on consumers.

Jan 15, 2014

Senate panel says attack on U.S. post in Benghazi was preventable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the deadly September 11, 2012, attack by militants on U.S. government posts in Benghazi, Libya, was preventable and faulted the State Department for inadequate security precautions.

In the months before the attacks on an American diplomatic post and CIA compound in Libya’s second-largest city, U.S. intelligence agencies had issued numerous reports warning that security in eastern Libya was deteriorating and that U.S. personnel and posts in Benghazi were at risk, according to a declassified report issued by the committee.