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Covering tech policy for @WashingtonPost via @TheSwitch. Opinions here mine, but feel free to borrow them. Tips? andrea.peterson[at]washpost[dot]com

Lawsuits against Sony Pictures could test employer responsibility for data breaches — The massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment is raising a potentially costly question for companies across the country: How much responsibility do they have for protecting the most sensitive information about their employees? Former employees have filed four lawsuits this week accusing Sony of not doing enough to protect their private data, including Social Security numbers, salaries, performance reviews and personal medical information.

Obama: Sony Pictures ‘made a mistake’ in canceling ‘The Interview’ — President Obama addressed Sony Picture's decision to halt the release of "The Interview," a film centered on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during a press conference Friday, saying he believed the studio made "a mistake" by pulling the film.

The Sony Pictures hack, explained — Hackers broke into the computer systems of Sony Pictures entertainment in October. The attackers stole huge swaths of confidential documents from the Hollywood studio and posted them online in the following weeks -- exposing them to everyone from potential cybercriminals to journalists who have been poring through the documents and reporting everything from the details of recent film productions to the extent of the employee data laid vulnerable on the Internet.

Why it’s so hard to kill the Pirate Bay — The notorious file sharing search site Pirate Bay has been offline since it was raided by Swedish police last week. But a limited archive of the site's content has already reappeared as "," a site created by fans who had previously revived a version of a similar site, isoHunt.

Why one Pirate Bay founder doesn’t care if the site dies — The Pirate Bay, considered by many media brands as among the most notorious of piracy enabling web sites, was knocked offline by a Swedish police raid Monday. And one of the co-founders of the site doesn't care if this is the end.

The Switchboard: Swedish police raids sink the Pirate Bay — Pirate Bay has been raided and taken down: Here's what we know. Kim Zetter at Wired breaks down the latest news about the raid which has knocked popular torrent file sharing site the Pirate Bay offline. Uber's background checks for drivers come under scrutiny. "Uber champions its 'industry­ leading standards' for vetting its drivers.

Why cyber armies are a good investment for countries like North Korea — Somewhere deep inside North Korea is a cell of sophisticated cyber warriors known as Bureau 121. Someinvestigators believe this group, or something like it, committed the damaging hack against Sony Pictures, a revenge scheme for the studio's upcoming release entitled "The Interview" - a comedy about an attempted assassination of North Korea's leader.

The cyberattack on Sony Pictures made employees collateral damage — The wave of cyberattacks of large retailers, from Target to Home Depot, over the past year have made hacks feel like a fact of life for many consumers. But the alleged breach at Sony Pictures last week hints at a future where such attacks are more invasive than a stolen credit card: Documents allegedly leaked include Social Security numbers, salary information and even employee performance reviews.

Obama’s pick to lead the Pentagon is big on cybersecurity — President Obama's pick to lead the Pentago, former deputy secretary of defense Ashton "Ash" Carter, has been a big supporter of increasing the country's cybersecurity capabilities. His nomination signals that the administration is likely to continue to aggressively build out its ability to fight adversaries in the digital world.

Someone made a fake Twitter account for a potential defense secretary nominee — National security reporters have been on the edge of their seats trying to track down who will take the top spot at the Department of Defense since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced last week that he is resigning.
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Dec 17, 2014

Are you awake? Will you be at 6:40 ET? Tune in to @Morning_Joe to watch me explain the latest on the Sony Pictures hack.

Dec 16, 2014

@HayesBrown For the record, I'm open about it. I can bring D20 shaped chocolates or cakes to the party.

Dec 16, 2014

RT @apblake: Barrett Brown and his supporters and family have been sitting in a Dallas courtroom awaiting a sentencing decision for over three hours now.

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