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US Senate leader pushes to extend NSA phone dragnet

The U.S. Senate was deadlocked on Friday over whether to extend authorization for the National Security Agency's massive collection of domestic telephone records, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisting the surveillance program should continue with no new limits.

May 23 | Read more

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events—whether those events might include a hurricane or simply a power outage caused by a backhoe in the parking lot. The CSO's involvement in this process can range from overseeing the plan, to providing input and support, to putting the plan into action during an emergency. This primer (compiled from articles on CSOonline) explains the basic concepts of business continuity planning and also directs you to more resources on the topic. Last update: 5/20/2015.

May 22 | Read more

Inside an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has become a bit of a name brand as far as low-level hacking groups are concerned. Their methods are simple, but effective. They spend most of their energy on propaganda and self-promotion, but lately they've taken to targeting media organizations (or the people associated with them), and IDG Enterprise is no exception.

May 22 | Read more

Computer Forensics Investigations: Body of Evidence

When the body of his wife was discovered, Air Force Sgt. Joseph Snodgrass was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. Julie Snodgrass was found in the cab of a pickup truck nearby, having been stabbed more than 42 times. The only evidence connecting her husband to the crime were a couple of floppy disks on which were stored two letters: one in which Sgt. Snodgrass asked his mistress to hire three hitmen to murder his wife, and another increasing his wife's life insurance coverage to $450,000. During questioning in his office by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Snodgrass pulled the two 5.25-inch diskettes from his desk and used pinking shears to chop the damning evidence into 2 dozen pieces.

May 22 | Read more

Are commercial planes in danger of being hacked?

A controversy has erupted over claims that a security researcher hacked the avionics systems of a commercial airline through its in-flight entertainment system. Many security experts dismiss the story as simply ludicrous, but some believe it’s possible—and that is cause for very serious concern.

May 22 | Read more

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