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Morning Security Brief: New Cybersecurity Bill, Officers Suing For Discrimination, Largest Child Porn Bust, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►A new bill proposed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) would shield companies from lawsuits and public disclosure requirements when they inform federal agencies about their security vulnerabilities and the type of cyber attacks they experienced. Companies would be protected from both civil and criminal lawsuits for informing the government about attempts by hackers to breach their computer systems. “Trade groups representing cable television and Internet- service providers praised the legislation, saying it would help break down barriers that prevent information sharing while sparing companies from additional government rules,” Business Week reported. The ACLU has concerns that it will enable companies to further provide the government with people’s personal information.

►Law enforcement officials who were fired for having opinions on the wars on drugs that conflicted with the mission of their agencies are now suing for discrimination, the New York Times reported. An Arizona probation officer was fired after expressing support for a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. A Border Patrol agent was let go because of “personal views that were contrary to core characteristics of Border Patrol Agents, which are patriotism, dedication and esprit de corps” after he told another agent that he thought legalizing marijuana would decrease drug-related violence.

►The Department of Justice announced on Friday that authorities made the biggest child porn bust in U.S. history after examining several computer hard drives and a laptop and finding more than 500,000 images and 7,500 videos. In July the equipment was seized from the home of an Ontario, California man after he fell under suspicion by authorities who were investigating file-sharing networks. After finding the media on the computer, Michael Peterson, 58, was taken into custody at his residence by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and Homeland Security Investigations agents. Peterson is charged in a three-count criminal complaint with possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography.

►In other news, the Digital Journal reports that Facebook has recently filed a trademark on an encoded identity card. “Similar to using Facebook to enter another website, the Facebook ID card will have an array of uses---banking, employment, citizenship, passports, census, taxation, welfare fraud, child-support, social security, and criminal identification--- with an “extremely secure and accurate computer record,” according to the Journal. →  Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano said in an interview on Friday that the lone wolf threat is growing and the threat of terrorists trying to reach the United States has remained constant.→ And Hawaii firefighters train to deal with meth lab hazards.
 

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