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    Phishers Felled Bitcoin Exchange

    $5 Million Bitstamp Breach Detailed in Unconfirmed Report By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Phishers Felled Bitcoin Exchange

    An unconfirmed post-breach report for bitcoin exchange Bitstamp shows the organization was targeted by a sustained attack that combined phishing via email and Skype with macro malware to successfully steal almost 19,000 bitcoins, worth $5 million.

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    OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Union Slams Agency with Class-Action Data Breach Lawsuit By Mathew J. Schwartz
    OPM Suspends Background Check System

    Following its mega-breach, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management suspends use of its online background check application system, citing a vulnerability. Also, the agency now faces a breach-related lawsuit filed on behalf of federal workers.

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    Analysis: Why the OPM Breach Is So Bad

    Personal Secrets at Risk After Background Forms Exposed By Mathew J. Schwartz
    Analysis: Why the OPM Breach Is So Bad

    Just how bad is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management breach? Consider that spies may now have access to every secret - sexual, financial, familial, medical - shared by personnel seeking security clearances to access classified U.S. information.

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    OPM Breach: China Is 'Leading Suspect'

    But Intel Chief Urges Policymakers to Improve Defenses By Mathew J. Schwartz
    OPM Breach: China Is 'Leading Suspect'

    China is the "leading suspect" behind the OPM breach, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who adds that until the U.S. can meaningfully deter such attacks, it must focus on getting better at defense, not retribution.

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    Federal CIO Backs OPM Leaders

    Tony Scott Professes Confidence in Archuleta to Mend InfoSec By Eric Chabrow
    Federal CIO Backs OPM Leaders

    In this audio report on a Senate hearing, the federal CIO justifies his backing of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta as she defends retaining a contractor whose stolen credentials may have led to the breach.

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