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President Obama issues cybersecurity executive order

02/13, 4:12pm

Specific plans, implementation of order not clear; order taps DHS

Potentially side-stepping some failed legislation, President Obama has announced a new executive order mandating enhanced cyber security for the US. The order, which will be driven by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is intended to streamline the process of sharing information about threats between US businesses, law enforcement, and the US government itself.


White House issues proposal on updating cybersecurity legislation

01/13, 8:39pm

President Obama wants hackers prosecuted under racketeering laws

Last month at his year-end press conference, President Obama responded to the first question with a call for stronger cybersecurity laws. Today, the President released a statement detailing what he would like to see in legislative proposals. Some of it attempts to address concerns plaguing CISPA, which has been floundering since 2011 but is staging a comeback in the new Republican-led Congress, among other plans.


Anti-privacy bill CISPA to be re-introduced in 2015

01/08, 8:35pm

House Democrat from Maryland hopes to build on momentum from Sony hack

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill that, if signed into law, allows for the sharing of Internet traffic information purportedly to allow for the investigation of threats to the security of networks and "cybercrime." The bill failed in both 2012 and 2013, amid concerns of "broad language" and threats to privacy, but Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) plans to reintroduce the controversial bill this Friday.


CISPA advancement stymied by potential public blowback of NSA leaks

06/28, 3:48pm

Bill motion postponed until at least September, White House still may veto

The NSA spy program leaks have had some unintended consequences -- the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) appears to be meeting significant resistance on its way to becoming law. US legislators have chosen to delay advancing cybersecurity legislation until September, and possibly later, to assess colleague and constituent support for the controversial bill.


2013 CISPA passes House vote despite veto threat

04/18, 3:15pm

Bill expected to encounter Senate resistance

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of the 2013 revision of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) bill. The proposed legislation passed 287-to-127, widening the margin from the 248-to-168 House vote in 2012 for the initial version, however the bill is nonetheless expected to encounter more resistance in the Senate and a possible presidential veto.


White House statement suggests it will veto new CISPA bill

04/11, 4:17pm

Statement by NSC claims revisions made to bill insufficient

The White House has responded to the 2013 version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) bill heading to the House floor for a vote. National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson Caitlin Hayden issued a statement saying that "[the White House believes] the adopted committee amendments reflect a good-faith effort to incorporate some of the Administration's important substantive concerns, but we do not believe these changes have addressed some outstanding fundamental priorities" and intimated that the President would veto the bill as it stands.


2013 CISPA passes Intelligence Committee, headed to House for vote

04/10, 8:08pm

Changes to bill limited to personal information restrictions

A slightly modified version of last year's failed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has been voted through the House Intelligence Committee, with an 18-2 victory. The new revision of the bill, left mostly unaltered by the committee, will likely reach the House for a general vote by April 19 along with a number of other cybersecurity bills.


Mozilla takes stand against CISPA security bill

05/02, 10:00am

CISPA has broad and alarming reach, says Mozilla

Mozilla has taken a stand against the Internet security bill CISPA. In a statement to Forbes, Mozilla's Privacy and Public Policy lead says that the CISPA bill had a broad and alarming reach that goes far beyond Internet security.


Microsoft says tone on CISPA the same despite likely veto

04/30, 8:15pm

Microsoft backs CISPA bill to the end

Microsoft in a statement Monday clung to a firm stance on the proposed CISPA bill. The firm told The Hill that, despite having said it wanted to "honor the privacy" of users, it wanted the bill to continue forward. It would "look forward" to working with the Senate on the bill.


White House threatens veto if CISPA passes

04/25, 5:50pm

Obama administration ups the ante over bill

The struggle over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) reached a new level today, Politico reports, with the White House threatening to veto the controversial security bill should it manage to reach the president's desk. The veto threat came even as House Republicans were preparing to bring their version of the bill to the floor for a vote.


Congress plans to alter CISPA to allay fears

04/24, 8:30pm

CISPA would curv government access

US Congress representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and Mike Rogers revealed Tuesday that they were changing the controversial CISPA bill to defuse some of the complaints about overreach. Amendments would limit information the government could get about Internet security to specific cases, such as rogue attacks, criminal investigations, safeguards against national security and theft issues, or child porn.


EFF open letter fights "broadly worded" CISPA bill

04/24, 2:05pm

EFF letter asks congress refuse cybersecurity bill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an open letter co-signed by a number of engineers, security professionals, and academics who are against proposed cybersecurity bills. Critics argue that security legislation under consideration, including CISPA, uses overly broad language that could potentially lead to privacy loss for Internet users.


White House opposes CISPA, wants privacy protections

04/18, 10:45am

White House NSC speaks out against CISPA

An Obama administration official has voiced concerns over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which is scheduled for a House of Representatives vote next week. In a statement to The Hill, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden noted that such legislation must protect privacy while providing security provisions for critical infrastructure systems.


EFF blasts 'Cyber Intelligence' bill over privacy concerns

04/17, 5:05pm

CISPA goes too far claim EFF

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a campaign to fight the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a cybersecurity bill designed to allow companies and the federal government to share information to prevent or defend from cyberattacks. The EFF, along with other civil liberties organizations, dispute the bill on the basis that is written too broadly and would be a loophole in existing privacy laws.



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