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Category Archives: E-Records

Unprecedented mass hack of Democratic members of Congress

PCWorld: “The hacker who claims to have breached the Democratic National Committee’s computers is now taking credit for hacking confidential files from a related campaign group. Guccifer 2.0 alleged on Friday that he also attacked the servers of the Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He posted some of the purported files on his blog, and… Continue Reading

McKinsey – Policy in the data age

Policy in the data age: Data enablement for the common good By Karim Tadjeddine and Martin Lundqvist “The tremendous impact that digital services have had on governments and society has been the subject of extensive research that has documented the rapid, extensive adoption of public-sector digital services around the globe. We believe that the coming… Continue Reading

NIST Updates Personal Identity Verification Guid

“NIST has recently expanded the flexibility and enhanced the security of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials by updating the following guidelines: • Special Publication (SP) 800-156, Representation of PIV Chain-of-Trust for Import and Export, provides details regarding the use of chain -of -trust for import and export among PIV Card issuers. • SP 800-166, Derived… Continue Reading

New or Expanded Content and Features in FRASER

Via Katrina Stierholz -Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: *   “Bulletins of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://fraser.stlouisfed.org/series/1486) are available from Bulletin 1 (November 1895) to Bulletin 2299 (March 1988 *   The Commercial and Financial Chronicle (https://fraser.stlouisfed.org/title/1339), a weekly business newspaper, is available for 1871-1935 (with several gaps in coverage). *   The Financial… Continue Reading

EFF – How to: Avoid Phishing Attacks

EFF Surveillance Self Defense – “When an attacker sends an email or link that looks innocent, but is actually malicious, it’s called phishing. Phishing attacks are a common way that users get infected with malware—programs that hide on your computer and can be used to remotely control it, steal information, or spy on you. In… Continue Reading

HTTPS Windows exploit targets social security numbers, email addresses

Dan Goodin, arstechnica, August 3, 2016: “The HTTPS cryptographic scheme protecting millions of websites is vulnerable to a newly revived attack that exposes encrypted e-mail addresses, social security numbers, and other sensitive data even when attackers don’t have the ability to monitor a targeted end user’s Internet connection. The exploit is notable because it doesn’t… Continue Reading

New Freedom of Information Act Request Documents Released by ODNI

August 3, 2016 – Read the full “Proactive Disclosure” press release at DOJ.gov. “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is one of seven federal agencies participating in a pilot program to make records requested via the Freedom of Information Act more readily available to the public, as reflected in the recently released Third… Continue Reading

New initiative from Privacy International tracks the global surveillance industry

“A new initiative launched today by Privacy International aims to track the growth and scale of the global surveillance industry, a shadowy sector consisting of companies selling a wide range of electronic surveillance technology to government agencies across the world. Made available today is the world’s largest publicly available educational resource of data and documents… Continue Reading

Firearms Data: ATF Did Not Always Comply with the Appropriations Act Restriction and Policies

Firearms Data: ATF Did Not Always Comply with the Appropriations Act Restriction and Should Better Adhere to Its Policies, GAO-16-552: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2016. “To carry out its criminal and regulatory enforcement responsibilities, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has 25 firearms-related data systems, 16 of which… Continue Reading

MuckRock launching a national database of FOIA exemptions

Michael Morisy – We’re building an open guide to every state’s public records law – Help track down and fight every public records exemption across the country. “With agencies increasingly using an array of exemptions to deny access to information, we want to help requesters fight back. We’re launching a project to track every public… Continue Reading

EFF – FBI Must Not Sidestep Privacy Protections For Massive Collection of Biometric Data

Iris Scans, Palm Prints, Face Recognition Data, and More Collected From Millions of Innocent Citizens – “The FBI, which has created a massive database of biometric information on millions of Americans never involved in a crime, mustn’t be allowed to shield this trove of personal information from Privacy Act rules that let people learn what… Continue Reading

House Homeland Security Report – Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate

June 29, 2016: “Terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have sparked a public debate on the use of encryption in our society because the attackers used encrypted communications to evade detection, a phenomenon known as “going dark.” Today, the Majority Staff of the House Homeland Security Committee released a new report entitled, Going Dark,… Continue Reading