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Morning Security Brief: Edward Snowden's Leaks Cause Security Risk, a DHS Privacy Report,and More

By Laura Spadanuta

Leaks by Edward Snowden have hurt security, according to British Intelligence chiefs, The New York Times reports. Foreign Intelligence service MI6 head John Sawers said "al Qaeda is lapping it up." British domestic intelligence MI5 head Andrew Parker said that it hands an advantage to terrorists.

The Department of Homeland Security's Privacy Office has submitted its annual report to Congress, reports Government Security News. Among the office's strategic goals are: foster a culture of transparency, conduct robust oversight of privacy protections, and ensure that DHS complies with federal privacy laws.

►The Internet Engineering Task Force met earlier this week in Canada to discuss what to do about the surveillance efforts of various governments. The Economist reports on the group's meeting. Cryptographer Bruce Schneier was one of the speakers and pointed out that it appears spies cannot break cryptographic code but find ways to work around the code. The conference speakers looked at ways to combat the spying.

Wired looks into Internet vulnerability of some power plants. Various controls for nuclear power plants are available on the Internet without so much as a password, reports the Threat Level blog. Security researcher Paul McMillan has alerted the authorities about the availability of so much sensitive information. He briefly posted it on the Internet but pulled it down after receiving criticism.

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