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Source: National Cyber Security News

A government watchdog found that Homeland Security, the federal department in charge of protecting the nation’s cybersecurity, had a litany of security problems of it own.

A newly released report by the department’s Office of Inspector General found many of the agency’s systems, including both unclassified and national security systems containing the highest “top secret” information, were running outdated, unsupported operating systems that in some cases hadn’t been patched with security updates for years.

Some of the vulnerabilities were so serious that they “expose DHS data to unnecessary risks,” said the investigators, and that the agency needed to protect its systems “more fully and effectively.”

According to the report, 64 vulnerable systems on the department’s network lacked the authority to operate — more than a dozen of which were national security systems storing highly sensitive classified information.

That fell short of the department’s target to maintain all of its high-value systems with the correct security updates, patches, and approved configurations to prevent data leaks or breaches.

That included three servers — one at Homeland Security headquarters, and two others run by the Coast Guard and the Secret Service — which were still running Windows Server 2003.

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UK police watchdog probes ‘serious’ hacking from India

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

UK police watchdog probes ‘serious’ hacking from India

The UK’s Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) on Thursday confirmed it had launched an investigation into allegations that a unit of Scotland Yard obtained access to email accounts of journalists and environmental activists in the country through hackers based in India. The Yard’s National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit (NDEDIU) was accused by a whistleblower – believed to be …

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Abuse victim forced to give her baby up for adoption was let down by police, says watchdog

A domestic abuse victim whose baby was subsequently put up for adoption was failed by South Wales Police, the police watchdog has concluded.

The teenage mum was initially not treated as a victim of abuse despite eyewitness evidence of an assault, of which he has now been convicted, and evidence of abusive messages.

Her local authority, the Vale of Glamorgan, is also now being investigated over its handling of her case, which saw it enrol her on joint counselling sessions with her abusive partner.

The father of the 18-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, believes the public bodies’ handling of the allegations led to her child, now two, being taken away from her against her will.

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Beware of hackers when using spy cameras at home, Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog warns

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog has warned about the dangers of home surveillance cameras if users fail to take basic security steps to protect their privacy. The cameras have become popular in recent years with consumers looking to keep an eye … The post Beware of hackers […]

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Pentagon watchdog to investigate allegations of Afghan child abuse

The Pentagon’s Inspector General is looking into a spate of recent reports regarding U.S. military commanders’ mishandling of child sexual assault cases in Afghanistan since 2011.

According to a memorandum posted online Wednesday, the inspector general’s initial research into the issue is meant to establish certain criteria for “potential future work.”

The watchdog’s interest in the matter is just one more element in a longstanding problem that has plagued U.S. forces and their Afghan allies for years. The issue, however, was recently brought to light in September when The New York Times published a report that highlighted U.S. service members’ encounters with Afghan troops who were sexually assaulting young boys.

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European Watchdog Accuses Facebook of NSA-Style Spying

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Earlier, the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC) filed a lawsuit against Facebook, which the BPC said is spying on people in “the very same way” that the US National Security Agency (NSA) does, according to media reports. Speaking at a court hearing, Frederic Debussere, a lawyer representing the BPC, pointed the finger at Facebook, which is accused of breaching EU law and violating the privacy rights of internet users. With the case already being closely watched by privacy watchdogs in other EU countries, including the Netherlands, Debusserre warned against yielding to Facebook intimidations. It was reported that the BPC is currently threatening Facebook with a fine of 250,000 EUR (280,213 USD) per day for failing to respond to its demands. Earlier this year, the BPC released a survey to show Facebook tracking logged-out users as well as non-users who visit sites that use plugins such as the like button; the survey said that the tracking is fulfilled without explicit consent and is out of line with Belgian and European privacy laws. Facebook has more than once rejected these accusations, claiming that the data and conclusions in BPC’s privacy report hold no water. Source: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150922/1027330107/belgium-facebook-nsa-accusations-spying.html

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