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Draft House Bill Seeks to Establish Cyber Standards for Internet-Connected Devices

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) has begun to solicit comments from policymakers and industry stakeholders about cyber protections by issuing a discussion draft on a bill that would establish minimal cybersecurity standards for internet-connected devices, Nextgov reported Monday. Kelly’s measure is a companion bill to Senate legislation – Internet of Things …

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Senate Bill Would Establish Security Requirements for Internet-Connected Devices

Four senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require federal suppliers of internet-connected devices to ensure that their products are free of “hard-coded passwords” and cyber vulnerabilities, patchable and comply with industry standard protocols. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 calls for the Office of Management and Budget to …

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Sen. Ron Wyden: DHS Needs to Adopt DMARC Tech to Address Impersonation of Federal Agencies Via Emails

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has called on the Department of Homeland Security to address cyber hackers’ attempts to transmit email messages that impersonate federal agencies through adoption of the Domain-based Message Authentication Reporting and Conformance technology. Wyden told Jeanette Manfra, acting undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS, in a letter released …

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Senators Ask FBI for Investigation Updates on DDoS Attacks on FCC Public Comment Filing Portal

A group of five senators has asked the FBI for updates on its investigation into distributed denial-of-service attacks that targeted the Federal Communications Commission’s electronic comment filing platform. FCC reported on May 8 that external threat actors orchestrated the DDoS attacks to bombard the comment portal and prevented legitimate commenters to …

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Senators Urge FCC to Investigate Cellphone Surveillance Tech Interference Complaints

Twelve senators have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate complaints against the state and local law enforcement agencies’ use of surveillance devices that simulate cellphone towers to gather cellphone identification and location information. Some complaints filed with FCC alleged that cell-site simulators disrupt consumers’ cellular service, can potentially interfere with emergency communications including 911 calls and are used …

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Central States Pension Fund Seeks Federal Assistance to Meet Future Retirement Obligations

Several lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups have called on Congress to introduce a bill that would allow the Central States Pension Fund to receive financial assistance from the federal government, the Washington Post reported Monday. Jonnelle Marte writes the multi-employer retirement benefits program is out of strategies to avoid a looming insolvency. “At …

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