Top Spy at CIA Stepping Down: Agency

The head of the CIA's secret intelligence operations plans to step down just as the spy agency weighs an unprecedented shake-up of the organization, officials said Monday.
The chief of the spy service's clandestine arm "has announced that he soon plans to retire from the agency after a long and distinguished career at CIA," agency spokesman Dean Boyd told AFP.
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Google Engineer Explains Company’s Decision Not to Patch Bug in Older Android Versions

Google has taken quite a bit of heat in recent weeks for its decision not to patch a vulnerability in the WebView component of Android in older versions, leaving hundreds of millions of users exposed to potential attacks. Now, a Google engineer is explaining the company’s reasoning, saying that patching older versions of the OS […]

Enterprises Overly Reliant on Perimeter-based Defenses: Survey

Survey Examines Impact Data Breaches at Target and other Organizations Have had on IT Budgets and Security Practices.
Organizations are increasing investment in IT security, but even after a string of high profile data breaches in 2014, they aren't thinking beyond perimeter-based defenses, according to the latest Ponemon Institute survey.
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Marriott Fixes Simple Bug in Web Service That Could Expose Customer Data

Customer payment information and other data was made vulnerable by a flaw in the Marriott Web service used by the Android app as well as the Web site, a security researcher found. The vulnerability is the result of Marriott’s system failing to use any kind of authentication on requests, meaning that an attacker who knew […]

UK goes all Big Brother, Russia stifles free speech, N. Korea still cranky [Government IT News]

It wouldn't be another news week if our governments didn't disappoint us in some way or another. The UK seems to be tiring of civil liberties, Russia is tiring of civility, and North Korea is way overdue for its little nap. Plus (no surprise), the Department of Homeland Security is insecure.

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