[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround: NetHappenings Newsletter


Surveillance – Spy

Who Controls Big Data?


The modern American surveillance state is not really the stuff of paranoid fantasies; it has arrived. The American Surveillance State owes the public an explanation.
The public needs to decide if these policies are right or wrong.

Criminal investigators may not carry out unrestricted computer searches without proper evidence to support their probe because computer drives store a massive amount of sensitive private information protected by the Fourth Amendment, the Second Circuit found Tuesday.
QUESTION: How can the United States shape the global cyber landscape to promote U.S. economic interests, and develop a cyber domain that considers transparency, accessibility, security, and privacy?
We need to ask hard questions about technology. Not just “Is it cool?” but “Does it make our lives better, or more just? And does it make our world more secure?” ~ Gary Chapman

June 25, 2013
Lebanese Canadian Bank has agreed to pay $102 million to settle allegations that it participated in an international money laundering and drug trafficking scheme in connection with a terrorist group. The Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York claimed LCB and other Lebanese financial institutions were involved in a four-year $329 million scheme that tracked criminal funds through the United States and West Africa to Lebanon through Hezbollah-controlled channels.
June 25, 2013,
Virginia-based security contracting firm that is under investigation for allegedly defrauding NASA and other agencies in a $31 million kickback scheme sued its insurance provider Friday, saying the insurer has refused to fully foot the bill for its legal defense even though it should be covered under its policy. Protection Strategies Inc. said in Friday’s complaint that Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. reneged on its obligation to cover defense costs stemming from investigations by NASA and a U.S. attorney’s office and has paid only a…
USIS That Vetted Snowden Under Investigation; Booz Allen Hamilton Overlooked Snowden Resume Discrepancies
Jun 24 2013
A Second Circuit ruling Monday upholding the controversial wiretap used to convict Galleon Group LLC founder Raj Rajaratnam of insider trading could embolden white collar prosecutors to push the envelope with aggressive wiretap requests [snip]
IG: DHS Does Not Track Security Training of System Administrator Contractors
Homeland Security does not maintain records on who has taken security awareness and specialized information technology training; nor does the department ensure that all training requirements have been completed, according to auditors.
An IT superpower, India has just 556 cyber security experts
Policy EU Justice Department stalls India’s security clearance
Without a ‘data secure destination’ cert India’s locked out of $30bn euro-sourcing market
Judges named for net neutrality case
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals named the three judge panel on Tuesday that will hear Verizon’s challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. The judges, who were selected randomly, are Clinton appointees Judith Rogers and David Tatel and Reagan appointee Laurence Silberman, a senior judge on the court. The oral argument is set for September 9.

Google releases new data on hacker websites