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Senate Inquiry Set to Examine Stolen Medicare Information on the Darknet

The Australian Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee revealed an upcoming probe into the circumstances surrounding the stolen Medicare numbers that ended for sale on darknet markets. The probe will also examine software and protocol issues with Health Professional Online Services, issues with My Health Record, and the method in which healthcare professionals handle Medicare information. The probe will ... Read More »


Researchers Tell The Senate How Medical Records End Up On The Deepweb

In a report prepared for the U.S. Senate, two security researchers detail why electronic healthcare records (EHR) are being stolen. According to Symantec’s April 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, healthcare was the most targeted and most valuable sector in 2015. EHR hacking has grown innumerably since then. One entity, in particular, has been behind the majority of EHR compromised this ... Read More »

Senate Denies the Chance to Stop the Changes to Rule 41

Yesterday Senator Ron Wyden asked the Senate to approve his Stopping Mass Hacking Act. The Act would temporarily block the expansion of the government’s hacking authority. Members of the Senate objected to the Senator’s motion. If passed, the amendments to Rule 41 would allow the government to hack numerous computers all over the world, with a single warrant. CCIA President ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Invasive Cyber Crime Bill to be Passed by Senate

The Electronic Crime Bill 2016, one of the most controversial documents ever proposed in Pakistan, is likely to be approved by senate next week, TechJuice writes. The bill has faced massive amounts of criticism both inside and out of Pakistan’s borders for making actions such as sending a text message – without explicit permission from the receiver – illegal. Once ... Read More »

Senate Bill Asks For Ways to Stop Bad People From Using Tor

A new bill going through Congress wants to stop “bad people from using Tor. It not only provides a safe haven for online activists and whistle-blowers for people in oppressed countries, but also for criminals, drug users, and pedophiles. The people behind the Tor project aren’t known for taking too kindly to oppressive, intrusive, surveillance minded governments. To go even ... Read More »

Illinois Senate Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana

On Tuesday, one day before April 20, the Illinois Senate passed SB2228, a marijuana decriminalization bill, in a 40-14 vote. The bill is now in the House of Representatives and if it is passed there and signed into law by the Governor, Illinois will join the 20 other states where marijuana is decriminalized. In regards to the bill, one of ... Read More »

Senate Bill To Backdoor US Encryption

The “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016”, from Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, aims to effectively backdoor encryption in the United States according to a draft of the bill. The bill, which has yet to be introduced, states that “A covered entity that receives a court order from a government for information or data shall – provide ... Read More »

Vermont Senate Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill

S.241, sponsored by Senator Jeanette K. White, was approved by the Vermont Senate in a 17-12 vote after a 16-13 preliminary vote. The bill now moves to the House Of Representatives for approval. If approved, the bill will then have to be signed into law by the Governor. The bill aims to allow those who are at least 21 or ... Read More »

Senate Passes CISA Bill

On October 27, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which passed on a 74-21 bipartisan vote. The bill will allow companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government. The CISA act will only allow info to be shared that is considered as cybersecurity threats, however, critics, mostly within the tech area, say that this bill ... Read More »

Section 215 Expires, Senate Approves USA Freedom Act

As Section 215 of the Patriot Act lapses, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the USA Freedom Act sending the bill back to congress with amendments. Now the Freedom Act heads back to congress where they will review – and likely approve – the amendments added by the Senate. Section 215 Section 215 of the Patriot Act is the provision that gives ... Read More »

Patriot Act extension Dies; Senate ready to vote on USA Freedom Act

As Section 215 of the Patriot Act’s June 1st deadline approaches the Senate will vote this week on the USA Freedom Act which tightens up some key NSA powers. This will be the first time the US government has scaled back government surveillance in quite some time. In The Guardian’s coverage the bill, a simple explanation of both the pros ... Read More »

USA Freedom Act passes House, headed to Senate

With critical provisions of the Patriot Act scheduled to expire in June congress is rushing to come up with a solution. They may have just found it. The US House of Representatives approved the USA Freedom Act with a strong 338 to 88 vote. The bill is a step toward ending the mass collection of data by the National Security ... Read More »