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NSA contractor pleads guilty to charge of hoarding troves of classified docs

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

A former U.S. defense contractor who spent nearly two decades mishandling classified information at the NSA and other intelligence agencies has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of illegal retention of national security information.

Researchers say hackers responsible for 2013 Microsoft, Facebook breaches have disappeared

by Chris Bing • 4 months ago

The group has become virtually untraceable since September 2015.

Will Trump's decision to elevate Cyber Command be a boon for defense contractors?

by Chris Bing • 6 months ago

With President Donald Trump's move to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a Combatant Command, the Fort Meade-based outfit is on track for additional funding dollars and a bump in acquisition authorities, which experts believe will translate into the development of new programs and therefore a cadre of opportunities for private defense contractors.

How the FBI relies on dark web intel firms as frontline investigators

by Chris Bing • 10 months ago

The companies operate in a hazardous legal environment where they must constantly balance operational risks and client interests while maintaining law enforcement's trust.

Legal peril looms over companies hoping to acquire CIA intel from WikiLeaks

by Chris Bing • 11 months ago

A cloud of legal uncertainty hangs over a cohort of private companies that hope to receive software vulnerability information from WikiLeaks, according to top national security lawyers.

Looking for an edge, cybersecurity firms spend big on quantum computing

by Chris Bing • 1 year ago

A small group of academics and security contractors are experimenting with quantum computing technologies to counter and attribute cyberattacks. Last week, D-Wave, a leader in the nascent field of quantum computing, sold a state-of-the-art computer system to Temporal Defense Systems, or TDS, a cybersecurity firm led predominately by former law enforcement executives. Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director James Burrell is TDS’ chief technology officer and operations chief Kristy Kottis previously served as supervisor to the FBI’s Threat Response Squad of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

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