EU, U.S. officials tackle last hurdles in data pact talks ahead of key deadline

New deal is crucial for the thousands relying on "Safe Harbor" to move data from the EU to the U.S

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Brussels (Reuters)- European and U.S. officials are rushing to finalize a key data transfer pact days before a meeting of EU regulators who are poised to start restricting transatlantic flows of personal data used by firms in the billion dollar online advertising industry.

Congress to probe Juniper 'back door' exposure, possible U.S. involvement

Debate heats up after recent attacks by Islamic militants, known to exploit digital comms networks

Reuters

San Francisco (Reuters)- A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday.

China's draft national security law calls for cyberspace 'sovereignty'

Sweeping law has broad implications for the ruling Communist Party's governance of society

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has included cybersecurity in a draft national security law, the latest in a string of moves by Beijing to bolster the legal framework protecting the country's information technology.

China has recently advanced a wave of policies to tighten cybersecurity after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that U.S. spy agencies planted code in American tech exports to snoop on overseas targets.

China blames hacking attack for recent Internet problems

Latest in a series of challenges businesses and individuals have faced going online in the PRC

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A hacking attack using malware from overseas servers was to blame for Internet problems in China earlier this week that prevented users accessing a number of popular foreign websites, an official state-run newspaper said on Friday.

Social media users first reported on Sunday that they were being sent to software website wpkg.org and travel website ptraveler.com when trying to access news websites like cnn.com, news portal yahoo.co.jp, and games website runescape.com, among others.

Huawei CEO says Chinese cybersecurity rules could backfire

Xu says policies could hamper free competition and innovation and undermine security in the long term

Reuters

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday.

Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information security policy, already a source of concern for countries who fear it will limit opportunities for their technology firms.

Security: The Next SDN Frontier

A fundamental shift is happening in security technology

Recently I have been studying the approaches of many security technology firms, and what I've found is that a fundamental shift is happening in security technology: Security scanning and analysis mechanisms are starting to move from hardware appliances to the cloud.

Raytheon to buy cybersecurity firm Websense in $1.9 billion deal

Deal will add more than 20,000 commercial customers to predominantly government portfolio

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. arms maker Raytheon Co is buying network security provider Websense Inc from private equity firm Vista Equity Partners LLC in a $1.9 billion deal, the latest in the fast-growing cybersecurity market.

Several companies, including Sony Corp, Staples Inc, Home Depot Inc and Target Corp, have been targets of high-profile data thefts over the past two years.

Cyber threats must be addressed without trade barriers: U.S. commerce secretary

Business associations from the US, Japan and EU bring concerns to Chinese officials

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cybersecurity threats must be addressed without creating barriers to trade or investment, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said on Tuesday, during a visit to China as part of a trade delegation.

U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have raised concerns about cybersecurity regulations China is now considering that could limit opportunities for foreign technology companies, including a draft anti-terrorism law and so-called "secure and controllable" rules on banking technology.

Chinese hackers target Southeast Asia, India, researchers say

The Cyberspace Administration of China, the Internet regulator, did not respond to requests for comment

Reuters

(Reuters) - Hackers, most likely from China, have been spying on governments and businesses in Southeast Asia and India uninterrupted for a decade, researchers at internet security company FireEye Inc said.


In a report released on Monday, FireEye said the cyber espionage operations dated back to at least 2005 and "focused on targets - government and commercial - who hold key political, economic and military information about the region."

U.S. FCC imposes $25 million fine on AT&T over customer data breach

Data was used by call center employees to request handset-unlock codes and shared with third parties

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission reached a $25 million settlement with AT&T Inc over a consumer data breach at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines, the U.S. communications regulator said on Wednesday.


The breaches led to unauthorized disclosure of names and full or partial Social Security numbers and illegal access to account information of about 280,000 U.S customers of AT&T, a senior FCC official told reporters on a conference call.

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