Morning Security Brief: Discovering the Motives of Hackers, Arming Teachers, and Defending Whistleblowers

By Teresa Anderson

The New York Times discusses whether motives matter when it comes to hacking incidents. The article explores the recent hacking of Telvent, an oil and gas company, by the Chinese government and asks what possible motive the Chinese could have. According to the article: “At a moment when corporate America is caught between what it sees as two different nightmares—preventing a crippling attack that brings down America’s most critical systems, and preventing Congress from mandating that the private sector spend billions of dollars protecting against that risk—the Telvent experience resonates as a study in ambiguity.”

► A new bill (H.B. 389) introduced in the Utah Legislature would require public schools in the state to notify students if a teacher is armed. The bill would also require that schools reassign students to a different classroom, with an unarmed teacher, at the request of parents. The bill is one of the first to reign in the arming of teachers. More than 15 states have introduced armed teacher bills or training programs since the Newtown shooting in December.

► The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require Norfolk Southern Railway Company to pay three employees $1.1 million. OSHA found that the company retaliated against the employees when it fired them after they reported that the company violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act.


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