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New report links cyber espionage group to Russian government

A group called "APT28" that's been collecting intelligence on defense and geopolitical issues is most likely sponsored by the Russian government, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm FireEye.

CBP officer wins job back following US appeals court decision

A federal appeals court said a veteran Customs and Border Protection officer should be reinstated, after he was removed from his position for improperly possessing and disclosing federal information stemming from a 2009 incident.

Recently declassified TSA reports from 2011 said no immediate threats to freight rail, mass transit

Two recently declassified 2011 Transportation Security Administration reports containing sensitive information about threat assessments to mass transit and freight rail systems were recently posted on the open source information website Public Intelligence.

Experts warn that using big data to predict terrorist threats won't work

Canada is considering beefing up surveillance laws to collect more information about its citizens, who travel abroad, and share it with international partners as a way to spot and prevent home-grown terrorism. But experts say there's no evidence that such methods can actually work.

DHS's FOIA backlog nearly doubles due to record-setting, immigration-related requests

The Homeland Security Department's backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests nearly doubled in fiscal 2013 – rising to 51,761 – due to record-setting requests for immigration-related records, a recently released departmental report said.

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Low-intensity, Internet-enabled conflicts between nation states will become the rule, not the exception according to a report (pdf) issued Oct. 29 during  Georgia Tech's Cybersecurity Summit.

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Three Agriculture Department agencies failed to use preferred contracts in the procurement of professional services for about two-thirds of the funds assigned for such purchases from fiscal 2009 to 2013, the Government Accountability Office found. That amounts to about $783 million of the nearly $1.8 billion USDA set aside in that time frame for professional services contracts, according to GAO's report (pdf). USDA's Departmental Management, Food and Nutrition Service, and Forest Service account for about 70 percent of the department's total obligations for professional service contracts, but only about 37 percent of the funds were awarded via performance-based, firm-fixed-price contracts, the kinds that the