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FBI completely redacts James Comey’s talking points on challenge of balancing privacy and security

In October of 2014, then-FBI Director James Comey gave a speech at the Brookings Institute about the “Going Dark” problem, and the challenge of balancing privacy and security in the digital age. In response, MuckRock user Joseph Uchill requested records about how the Bureau specifically planned to address this issue, any potential consequences that might result. Two years later, he got his response: hundreds of pages of talking points, withheld in their entirety.

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Culprit behind 2014 CIA hack turned out to be … the CIA

Declassified CIA emails released to Michael Morisy show that the Agency believed that their online FOIA Reading Room had been taken down by a vicious cyberattack. Later emails admitted, however, that the attacks against the Agency’s website had been unsuccessful - and that the damage had been entirely self-inflicted.

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Thirty years ago, the CIA and the NSA had a meeting that changed national cybersecurity

A memo in the CREST database shows that 30 years ago, an as-yet still redacted incident prompted the CIA and NSA to have a meeting about ways the agencies could prevent computer hackers from infiltrating the government’s data.

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Aurora: Homeland Security’s secret project to change how we think about cybersecurity

In 2007, Homeland Security ran a secret project called “Aurora” to test if hackers could exploit cybersecurity vulnerabilities to cause physical damage to American infrastructure. The project took a year to plan and lasted all of an explosive three minutes. It was a terrifying success.

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Remind your local state and town about the importance of cybersecurity

Attacks like last month’s on the East Coast’s web are not uncommon. And the fact that for some people the attack was partially-facilitated by their very own appliances is a little too close to Maximum Overdrive for comfort. So help us find out: is your local government taking steps to protect itself and you from the threat of INTERNET?

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Suggestion: Request your local election board's security policies