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From The New York Times (Thom Shanker)
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday ordered the creation of the military’s first headquarters designed to coordinate Pentagon efforts in the emerging battlefield of cyberspace and computer-network security, officials said. Read the full story [NYTimes.com].

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From The Baltimore Sun (Gus G. Sentementes)
The Web site for the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, which works closely with the military and NASA on research projects, was hit with a cyber attack that officials discovered Sunday and which led them to take down the site until they analyze their computer systems, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday. Read the full report [Baltimoresun.com].

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A rogue Internet Service Provider that recruits, knowingly hosts, and actively participates in the distribution of spam, child pornography, and other harmful electronic content has been shut down by a district court judge at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The ISP’s upstream providers and data centers have disconnected its servers from the Internet. Read the full FTC announcement [ftc.gov]

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While much of the reaction to President Obama’s speech on Internet security last week has centered on who Obama will name to the newly created cybersecurity coordinator position, that may be a moot point unless there is a dramatic change in the way that security is handled at the highest levels in Washington, experts say.

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President Obama on Friday presented his long-awaited cybersecurity plan, which included the establishment of a new White House office headed by a cybersecurity “coordinator” who would oversee and advise Obama on this issue. He also proposed hiring a separate official dedicated to privacy and civil liberties concerns. The proposal, which bears a striking resemblance to the six-year-old National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, is ambitious in its scope and scale and it likely will face many of the same roadblocks that previous efforts in this area have faced.

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On the day that President Obama releases a cybersecurity policy review, hear from experts and officials in the field. This video features Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security; William Pelgrin, Chief Cybersecurity Officer of New York; John Thompson, CEO of Symantec; Leslie Harris of the Center for Democracy & Technology; Jeannette Wing of the National Science Foundation.

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