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Cybersecurity reporter with @TheHill. Bay Area native. I write everything in TextEdit.

Hollywood embracing cybersecurity after Sony hack

thehill.com — Major film studios are embracing new cybersecurity measures after the Sony hack revealed a long list of embarrassing details about the movie business. Hollywood executives are becoming more comfortable with a suite of cyber tools that protect access to files and encourage stronger passwords, the New York Times reported .

Taiwan seeks stronger cyber ties to counter China

thehill.com — Taiwan is seeking a stronger cybersecurity partnership with the United States in order to block what it describes as mounting cyberattacks from China. Leaders in Taiwan have expressed interest in joining a major anti-hacking drill organized by the United States known as "Cyber Storm." The drill, which takes place biennially, included 11 countries in 2013.

Hackers hit Indiana website over religious freedom law

thehill.com — Hackers allegedly took down Indiana's state website Friday in response to a new law criticized as anti-gay. Twitter user @YourVikingdom, who purports to be based in Russia, claimed responsibility for a cyberattack against IN.gov on Friday afternoon. Soon the hashtag #OpIndiana began generating conversation about further attacks, including some by users claiming affiliation with Anonymous.

Firm reveals list of ‘worst’ sports passwords

thehill.com — A password management service is urging sports fans not to use their team, league or favorite player as a password because those codes can be easily cracked. SplashData, a California-based company, released a list of the "Worst Sports Passwords" as part of its annual effort to encourage customers to adopt savvier logins.

Apple CEO blasts Indiana ‘religious freedom’ law

thehill.com — The CEO of Apple is wading into the debate over a new Indiana law that some believe could allow businesses to turn away gay, lesbian or transgender customers. Tim Cook, who came out as gay last year, took to Twitter to express his disapproval of the statute.

State AGs watching for consumer data in Radio Shack auction

thehill.com — About two-dozen state government officials are vowing to protect consumers from having their data sold as part of the RadioShack bankruptcy auction. As major lenders compete to own the electronics retailer, attorneys general (AGs) are bringing attention to the presence of data for 117 million customers in RadioShack's assets.

Premera Blue Cross sued over data breach

thehill.com — Premera Blue Cross is facing a class action lawsuit after disclosing that hackers might have gained access to the personal information of 11 million people last year. The suit, filed Thursday in Washington federal court, hammered Premera for waiting roughly six weeks to tell victims that their data might have been exposed.

Think your password is strong? Guess again

thehill.com — The next time a password strength meter grades your security code as "very strong," you might want to think again. Researchers at Concordia University in Montreal found that major Internet service providers give high marks to basic and easily breakable passwords.

DHS secretary backs cyber liability protections

thehill.com — Liability protection for private companies is a crucial element to improving the U.S. cybersecurity posture, a top administration official told lawmakers Thursday. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson endorsed the idea of a legal safe harbor in multiple comments before a House Appropriations subcommittee. "That is something we support doing," Johnson said during the hearing.

House Dem hopeful about Senate cyber bill

thehill.com — The co-chairman of the House Cybersecurity Caucus said he is hopeful about the Senate Intelligence Committee's threat-sharing bill, though he has not seen a final version. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) said he's been told that the final bill goes "pretty far" in protecting privacy and civil liberties, though "nothing is ever perfect."
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Mar 27, 2015

Overheard in the office: "How would you describe your personal brand?" "I'd say 'reclusive curmudgeon.'" "I'd say 'scrappy moron.'"

Mar 19, 2015

Also worth noting: Premera covers Microsoft employees

Mar 19, 2015

The Premera breach might have exposed health info on federal workers. If I were a spy, I'd be having a field day: thehill.com/policy/cyberse…

Mar 19, 2015

Victims of the Target breach will be eligible for up to $10K each, but they have to prove harm: thehill.com/policy/cyberse…

Mar 18, 2015

“Meet the Fokkens,” a film about elderly twin prostitutes in Amsterdam whose matter-of-factness is thoroughly Dutch: youtube.com/watch?v=WEan54…

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