security http://wnpr.org en The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://wnpr.org/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 25747 at http://wnpr.org The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work ISIS Rebels Drive Closer To Baghdad; U.S. Considers Options http://wnpr.org/post/isis-rebels-drive-closer-baghdad-us-considers-options The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is tightening control of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, attacking the strategic city of Baqouba, less than 40 miles from Baghdad. The U.S. is sending up to 275 military personnel to bolster its embassy in the capital; President Obama is also reportedly weighing airstrikes.<p>"ISIS is one of the most extreme Islamist organizations globally," NPR's Leila Fadel reports from northern Iraq, for our Newscast unit. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23771 at http://wnpr.org ISIS Rebels Drive Closer To Baghdad; U.S. Considers Options Malloy Holds Transportation Crisis Meeting; Maximus Worker Source of Health Data Brea http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-holds-transportation-crisis-meeting-maximus-worker-source-health-data-brea <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-iimhf36zSQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on the Coast Guard to restrict the number of times it allows a railroad swing bridge over the Norwalk River to rotate open. In a letter to the Coast Guard, Blumenthal says the bridge failed 16 times in 271 openings during 2013. Governor Malloy held a “Crisis Summit” earlier today to discuss the problem.</p><p><strong>Health Exchange Worker&nbsp;Comes Forward After Data Breach</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:55:41 +0000 Teri McCready 23311 at http://wnpr.org Delegation Seeks VA Audit; Starwood Hotel Expands in Stamford http://wnpr.org/post/delegation-seeks-va-audit-starwood-hotel-expands-stamford <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="340" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o47buK8IcGY" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Members of the state’s congressional delegation want to see the full details of audits conducted at Veterans Administration medical facilities, including clinics in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Willimantic and Winsted. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Congressman John Larson appeared today with veterans at a VFW Post in East Hartford to discuss a letter they are sending to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:36:16 +0000 Teri McCready 22416 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Investigates Attack on eBay With Other States http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-investigates-attack-ebay-other-states <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="3">Connecticut's attorney general is working with other states to try and prevent data breaches like the ones that happened to eBay, Target, and Neiman Marcus.</font></font></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:34:23 +0000 Alan Yu 22354 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Investigates Attack on eBay With Other States Homeland Security Secretary Addresses Coast Guard Academy; Former Gov. Wants Indictment Dismissed http://wnpr.org/post/homeland-security-secretary-addresses-coast-guard-academy-former-gov-wants-indictment-dismissed <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XOidVJcs484" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 133rd Commencement Exercises today in New London. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five federal service academies, and has about 875 cadets in its four-year program.</p><p><strong>Former Governor Pushing for Indictment Dismissal</strong></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:28:41 +0000 Teri McCready 22262 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Delivers Keynote at U.S. Coast Guard Academy http://wnpr.org/post/us-homeland-security-secretary-delivers-keynote-us-coast-guard-academy <p>U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 133rd Commencement Exercises on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:41:03 +0000 Harriet Jones 22247 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Delivers Keynote at U.S. Coast Guard Academy Tackling Violence in Our Schools http://wnpr.org/post/tackling-violence-our-schools <p>Earlier this week, the General Assembly passed a bonding package allocating $22 million to strengthen school security across the state.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21449 at http://wnpr.org Tackling Violence in Our Schools Department of Defense Gives UConn Millions For Hardware Security http://wnpr.org/post/department-defense-gives-uconn-millions-hardware-security <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">April was all about </span>cybersecurity<span style="line-height: 1.5;">:&nbsp;f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ixes for the so-called "</span>Heartbleed<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" bug, alerts about exploits in Internet Explorer, and a now, a security initiative spearheaded by </span>UConn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:24:40 +0000 Patrick Skahill 21057 at http://wnpr.org Department of Defense Gives UConn Millions For Hardware Security Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-and-utilities-prepare-defenses-against-cyberattacks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">Governor Dannel Malloy has <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2014.04.14_pura_cyber_report.pdf">released a plan </a>to protect Connecticut's utilities against cyber attacks. Connecticut's electric, natural gas, major water companies and the regional distribution systems have already been penetrated in the past.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">When asked just how many cyber attacks have happened, Arthur House, chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, said he can't go into much detail.</font></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Alan Yu 20139 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks UConn Partners With Comcast on Cyber Security http://wnpr.org/post/uconn-partners-comcast-cyber-security <p>UConn will partner with cable giant Comcast on a new center to study cyber security.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:28:41 +0000 Harriet Jones 20011 at http://wnpr.org UConn Partners With Comcast on Cyber Security U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says http://wnpr.org/post/us-knew-imminent-move-crimea-top-official-says Senior U.S. officials were warned of imminent Russian military action in Crimea about a week before the troop movements that have sparked a major international crisis over Ukraine, the head of the <a href="http://www.dia.mil/About.aspx">Defense Intelligence Agency</a> tells NPR.<p>"I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian troops as we see them now in the Crimea, we were providing very solid reporting ... where we move from one level of a condition of warning, which I would just describe ... as sort of moderate to one where we believe things are imminent," Lt. Gen. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18032 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Limiting Drone Use By Police http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-lawmakers-consider-limiting-drone-use-police <p>State lawmakers heard public testimony Monday afternoon&nbsp;on a bill concerning drones. Next year, the FAA is expected to widely deregulate drone usage, which is leaving many states scrambling to control the technology.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:32:22 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17475 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Limiting Drone Use By Police Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls? http://wnpr.org/post/will-connecticut-see-second-maximum-security-facility-girls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 17404 at http://wnpr.org Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls? Malloy Announces Proposal for More School Security Funding http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-proposal-more-school-security-funding <p>Governor Dannel Malloy announced on Thursday that his budget will include more money to improve school security across the state.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, over 600 schools got state funding.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:33:59 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15898 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Announces Proposal for More School Security Funding Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes http://wnpr.org/post/target-hack-tipping-point-moving-away-magnetic-stripes The credit and debit card data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus compromised more than 70 million American consumers, and analysts say <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/01/17/263375116/analysts-credit-card-hacking-goes-much-further-than-target">even more of us are at risk</a>. That's because the technology we use to swipe for our purchases — magnetic stripes on the backs of cards — isn't hard for a skilled fraudster to hack.<p>"It's totally unprotected and it's static, so it's the same data that's read every single time. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15820 at http://wnpr.org Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes Sandy Hook Panel Examines Autism Link; Attorney General Warns About Power Spikes http://wnpr.org/post/sandy-hook-panel-examines-autism-link-attorney-general-warns-about-power-spikes <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Commission has been told there is no data connecting people with autism to increased violent criminal behavior. A Stony Brook University psychology professor addressed the panel on Friday saying there is nothing that links autism to the type of planned massacre that occurred in in Newtown in 2012. Recently released documents show gunman Adam Lanza had been diagnosed in 2006 with a profound autism disorder.</p><p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:25:30 +0000 Teri McCready 15618 at http://wnpr.org Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge http://wnpr.org/post/congress-vows-step-surveillance-policy-challenge If there was a consensus emanating from Congress Friday after President Obama's NSA reform speech, it was — not surprisingly — that Congress itself has a major role to play in the ultimate fix.<p>Whether from strong NSA supporters or agency critics, the reactions sounded similar: Congress intends to do much of the steering in the drive to overhaul the NSA's gathering of certain non-public information, especially consumer phone records, in the nation's counterterrorism efforts.<p>Even so, if you listened closely, you could hear the sound of politics in some of the reaction.<p>For instance, Spea Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Frank James 15624 at http://wnpr.org Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target http://wnpr.org/post/analysts-credit-card-hacking-goes-much-further-target The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Elise Hu 15603 at http://wnpr.org Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target Obama Calls For Limits On NSA's Collection Of Phone Data http://wnpr.org/post/happening-now-obama-outlines-nsa-changes <strong>(This post was most recently updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.)</strong><p>Saying that "critics are right to point out that without proper safeguards, this type of program could be used to yield more information about our private lives," President Obama said Friday that he wants the National Security Agency to stop holding on to massive amounts of "metadata" about the phone calls and electronic communications of millions of people around the world.<p>Obama said he's ordered a plan to be drafted that would shift that data to some other entity. The information could then only be "queried ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:49:20 +0000 Mark Memmott 15592 at http://wnpr.org Obama Calls For Limits On NSA's Collection Of Phone Data Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata' http://wnpr.org/post/obama-expected-say-nsa-should-not-hold-metadata President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is "ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone 'metadata' " that the National Security Agency collects, officials are <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/us-usa-security-obama-idUSBREA0G0JI20140117" target="_blank">telling Reuters</a> and NPR.<p>The wire service, which broke the story, writes that:<p><blockquote><p>"In a nod to privacy advocates, Obama will say he has decided that the government should not hold the bulk telephone metadata, a decision that could Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15582 at http://wnpr.org Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata' 5 Changes To The NSA You Might Hear In Obama's Speech http://wnpr.org/post/five-changes-nsa-you-might-hear-obamas-speech A committee tasked by the White House with reviewing U.S. electronic surveillance has come up with <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/929267/review-group-exec-summary-and-recs.pdf">46 proposed changes</a> to National Security Agency spying practices. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:11:09 +0000 Scott Neuman 15581 at http://wnpr.org 5 Changes To The NSA You Might Hear In Obama's Speech Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History http://wnpr.org/post/russia-aims-implement-tightest-security-olympic-history With less than a month to go before the Winter Games, Russian officials are putting the finishing touches on what they say will be the tightest Olympic security in history.<p>After a spate of deadly terrorist attacks in the region, the authorities are deploying high-tech surveillance equipment and tens of thousands of troops in Sochi, the host city on the Black Sea.<p>Sochi is unique among the cities hosting the Winter Games because it has the mild climate of a seaside resort, but it's less than an hour away from the snow-capped mountains of the North Caucasus.<p>But the mountain region is als Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 15467 at http://wnpr.org Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints http://wnpr.org/post/after-targets-data-breach-customer-incentive-disappoints Target is trying to get back in its customers' good graces after a massive data breach affecting some 40 million credit and debit account holders. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 14377 at http://wnpr.org After Target's Data Breach, Customer Incentive Disappoints Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts http://wnpr.org/post/breach-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts Target Corp. <a href="http://pressroom.target.com/news/target-confirms-unauthorized-access-to-payment-card-data-in-u-s-stores" target="_blank">acknowledged early Thursday</a> that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts starting the day before Thanksgiving and extending at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.<p>"Approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted," the retailer said. The hacking involved not only Target-issued cards but those from other issuers as well. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 14206 at http://wnpr.org Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts Security Lapse at JP Morgan Chase Affects Connecticut Residents http://wnpr.org/post/security-lapse-jp-morgan-chase-affects-connecticut-residents <p>More than 14,000 Connecticut residents may have had their personal information compromised in a data breach from JP Morgan Chase.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:38:30 +0000 Harriet Jones 13519 at http://wnpr.org Security Lapse at JP Morgan Chase Affects Connecticut Residents NSA Releases Some Files On Electronic Surveillance http://wnpr.org/post/nsa-releases-some-files-electronic-surveillance Reporters on the national security beat are sifting through about 1,000 pages of newly declassified documents that the National Security Agency released late Monday.<p>The heavily redacted records, <a href="http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/post/67419963949/dni-clapper-declassifies-additional-intelligence" target="_blank">Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement</a>, "demonstrate the care with which NSA's foreign intelligence collection ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:29:06 +0000 Mark Memmott 12641 at http://wnpr.org Student at Center of Lockdown Apologizes http://wnpr.org/post/student-center-lockdown-apologizes <p>A 21-year-old student at Central Connecticut State University is apologizing for actions that led to a three-hour lockdown on campus Monday. David Kyem, the son of a CCSU geography professor, told <em>The Hartford Courant</em> that he’s sorry for the fear and confusion. Kyem was arrested and charged with breach of peace, and then released on $1,000 bail.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:22:56 +0000 Diane Orson & Tucker Ives 10721 at http://wnpr.org Student at Center of Lockdown Apologizes CCSU: Suspect in Custody; Campus Gets the "All-Clear" http://wnpr.org/post/ccsu-suspect-custody-campus-gets-all-clear <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Connecticut State University in New Britain states that a suspect is in custody, and the school has given an "all clear" to people on campus following a three-hour lockdown Monday afternoon. The school's official campus website earlier told students and personnel to “get inside buildings and stay in place.” </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While at Central,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WNPR's Patrick&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Skahill&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said students were told that the focus of the police investigation was James Hall, a dormitory on campus. The school confirmed that in a tweet just after 1:30 pm on Monday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eyewitnesses said that campus security told students to stay in place at the student center at around noon. In a tweet just after 2:00 pm on Monday, CCSU&nbsp;said "police are looking for a man who reportedly was carrying a gun."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Skahill spoke with </span>WNPR's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ray </span>Hardman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;just after 2:00 pm on Monday. "The police presence is very strong here right now," Skahill said, with police support coming from nearby towns such as Newington and West Hartford. Listen below.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:33:05 +0000 John Dankosky, Jeff Cohen & Heather Brandon 10672 at http://wnpr.org CCSU: Suspect in Custody; Campus Gets the "All-Clear" Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win New York City Marathon http://wnpr.org/post/kenyans-mutai-jeptoo-win-new-york-city-marathon <strong>This Post Was Last Updated At 12:06 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Two Kenyans running similarly tactical races came from behind to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday, marking the third time Kenyans have won both the men's and women's 26.2-mile road race.<p>Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, stayed pretty quiet for the first 20 miles. He nestled in the pack, shielding himself from the wind, then, as the toughest part of the race began, he accelerated past the pack and never looked back, winning the race in 2:08:24.<p>This means Mutai has won the New York City Marathon two times in a row. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 14:22:00 +0000 editor 10622 at http://wnpr.org Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo Win New York City Marathon