Endpoint

1/12/2018
11:48 AM
50%
50%

House Passes Bill to Renew NSA's Warrantless Surveillance Program

The bill passed without an amendment which would require a warrant to analyze Americans' incidentally collected data.

The US House of Representatives passed a bill, Thursday, renewing the warrantless Internet surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). The legislation, which passed 256-164, faced objections from privacy and civil liberties advocates.

The NSA's surveillance program was initially created in secret after Sept. 11, 2001 and was later made legal by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). This bill would extend the program for six years with minimal changes, Reuters reports.

Democrats and some Republicans fought to include more privacy protections in the bill, specifically an amendment which would require intelligence agencies to obtain a warrant to analyze communications from an American whose information was incidentally collected. The bill ultimately failed to include this amendment and many believe it grants the NSA even more surveillance power.

This marks a setback for privacy supporters who posed the question of what might happen to the information of Americans whose data was collected as part of the program. Most lawmakers expect the bill to become law. It still requires approval from the Senate and from President Trump.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
REISEN1955
50%
50%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
1/12/2018 | 1:36:47 PM
Why worry?
If not the government, then North Korea can find all of our data and if not them, just hack Equifax again.  Never lose trust that somebody, somewhere, HAS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU and there is not a DAMN thing you can do about it.

Depressing?  Yes.

True? Also Yes.

Who's buying the next round at the bar tonight? 
High Stress Levels Impacting CISOs Physically, Mentally
Jai Vijayan, Freelance writer,  2/14/2019
Valentine's Emails Laced with Gandcrab Ransomware
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/14/2019
Making the Case for a Cybersecurity Moon Shot
Adam Shostack, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Technologist, Game Designer,  2/19/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
5 Emerging Cyber Threats to Watch for in 2019
Online attackers are constantly developing new, innovative ways to break into the enterprise. This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at five emerging attack trends and exploits your security team should look out for, along with helpful recommendations on how you can prevent your organization from falling victim.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-8980
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
A memory leak in the kernel_read_file function in fs/exec.c in the Linux kernel through 4.20.11 allows attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) by triggering vfs_read failures.
CVE-2019-8979
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Koseven through 3.3.9, and Kohana through 3.3.6, has SQL Injection when the order_by() parameter can be controlled.
CVE-2013-7469
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Seafile through 6.2.11 always uses the same Initialization Vector (IV) with Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) Mode to encrypt private data, making it easier to conduct chosen-plaintext attacks or dictionary attacks.
CVE-2018-20146
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
An issue was discovered in Liquidware ProfileUnity before 6.8.0 with Liquidware FlexApp before 6.8.0. A local user could obtain administrator rights, as demonstrated by use of PowerShell.
CVE-2019-5727
PUBLISHED: 2019-02-21
Splunk Web in Splunk Enterprise 6.5.x before 6.5.5, 6.4.x before 6.4.9, 6.3.x before 6.3.12, 6.2.x before 6.2.14, 6.1.x before 6.1.14, and 6.0.x before 6.0.15 and Splunk Light before 6.6.0 has Persistent XSS, aka SPL-138827.