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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.

Jan 14, 2014

U.S. courts oppose reform proposals for secret surveillance court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. federal court system objects to key proposals by a presidential review panel to reform the secret court that supervises the classified electronic eavesdropping activities of the U.S. National Security Agency, a former chief judge of that court said on Tuesday.

Judge John Bates, the former head of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court, sent the objections in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said he submitted it on behalf of the federal judicial system as a whole, through an entity called the Judicial Conference of the United States, of which he is secretary.

Jan 14, 2014

U.S. senators ask Target CEO for information on data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators sought answers from the chief executive of Target Corp as questions mounted in Washington about the company’s response to the hacking of credit and debit cards of millions its customers during the holiday shopping season.

“We ask that Target’s information-security officials provide a briefing to committee staff regarding your company’s investigation and latest findings,” said John Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Claire McCaskill, who heads a Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection.

Jan 13, 2014

US House Democrats request probe into Target card breach

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Democratic members of the
Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of
Representatives have called on the panel to investigate the
hacking of credit and debit card data belonging to millions of
customers of retailer Target Corp.

The request piggybacks on a similar move by Senate Democrats
on Friday as lawmakers respond to the massive breach at Target,
the No. 3 U.S. retailer, during the holiday shopping season,
which resulted in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit
card records and 70 million other records containing customer
information.

Jan 12, 2014

Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks – sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S. retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar breaches may have occurred earlier last year.

Jan 12, 2014

More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyberattacks -sources

BOSTON/WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Target Corp
and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks
were breached over the holiday shopping season late last year,
according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants
that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

Smaller breaches on at least three other well-known U.S.
retailers took place and were conducted using similar techniques
as the one on Target, according to the people familiar with the
attacks. Those breaches have yet to come to light. Also, similar
breaches may have occurred earlier last year.