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Bloomberg: FBI, FireEye Begin Probe on Anthem Cyber Attack

The FBI is collaborating with FireEye to investigate the cyber attack on healthcare provider Anthem Inc. perpetrated by what U.S. government officials believe to be state-sponsored hackers based in China, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson write the data breach compromised Social Security numbers, birthdates and email addresses of 80 …

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President Obama Wants to Pump $14B into Cybersecurity Programs

President Barack Obama is seeking $14 billion in funding to bolster the U.S. government’s cybersecurity efforts under the fiscal year 2016 budget plan, Reuters reported Monday. Alina Selyukh and Andrea Shalal write the president’s annual budget proposal contains provisions to implement additional threat detection and prevention systems, facilitate data sharing …

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DHS to Pilot Iris, Facial Recognition ID System With Border Patrol

The Department of Homeland Security will deploy a biometric identification system for the U.S. Border Patrol that is designed to use iris and facial recognition to verify the identities of individuals who enter the U.S., Nextgov reported Tuesday. Aliya Sternstein writes that the service will use iris and facial images collected by Border Patrol and share or …

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Robert Anderson: FBI Seeks Trained Cyber Experts

The FBI is seeking new agents with training and background in cybersecurity in an effort to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Robert Anderson Jr., executive assistant director for the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, said Dec. 29 the bureau wants “people who are going to come …

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FBI: North Korea Behind Sony Hack

The FBI has determined the North Korean government was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the bureau said in a statement Friday. In that statement, the FBI said it traced the hack to North Korea through a discovery of what the bureau called “significant overlap” between the infrastructure …

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GSA to Allot $35M From Spending Bill For Civilian Cyber Campus

The General Services Administration will receive $35 million through the recently passed omnibus spending bill to fund the agency’s plan to open a civilian cyber campus in Washington, the Washington Business Journal reported Dec. 10. Michael Neibauer writes that the campus will operate separately from military counterpart U.S. Cyber Command and house civilian federal employees and contractors …

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