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Hacking Attempts on Fed Agencies Up 650 Percent in Five Years

Hacking attempts on federal agencies have increased 650 percent in the past five years, leaving sensitive data greatly at risk for theft and compromise, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. In its report, “Information Security: Weaknesses Continue Amid New Federal Efforts to Implement Requirements,” GAO blamed weak …

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Theft Leading Cause of Health Data Breaches, HHS Says

The most common cause of large health data breaches in 2010 was theft, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights. The 11-page report covers breaches covers breaches of more than 500 individuals between Sept. 23, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010, affecting entities covered …

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Sen. Schumer: Run Background Checks on Utility Workers

Major utility plants should run background checks on employees to help prevent security threats, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday. Reuters reports Schumer plans to introduce legislation next month requiring major utilities and critical infrastructure plants to run FBI background checks on workers with access to sensitive areas within utilities. …

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New Report Finds 25,000 Security Breaches at US Airports Since 2001

According to newly released documents from Department of Homeland Security, there have been more than 25,000 security breaches, or seven breaches a day, at U.S. airports since November 2001. The documents were presented today at a hearing on the TSA and airport security at the House Subcommittee on National Security. …

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Veterans Affairs Discloses Security, Computer Breaches on its Website

The Department of Veterans Affairs Department last week began posting reports on its website detailing security breaches Employing thousands of contractors nationwide and being the world’s largest healthcare organization, VA experiences various breaches every month. However, with the exception of a few incidents every year, most of its security and …

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