The Centcom ‘hack’ that wasn’t Hackers claiming links to the Islamic State "hijacked several social media accounts belonging to U.S. military's Central Command," reports The Washington Post's Brian Fung and Andrea Peterson. The group, which calls itself "CyberCaliphate," was "tweeting out what the group claims are U.S. military PowerPoints and data on retired Army personnel — seemingly sensitive files that have no business being publicly aired. The images are meant to show that the hackers have penetrated the Pentagon's network. But the chances of this actually having happened appear rather slim."
California attorney general to announce U.S. Senate bid Kamala Harris "will announce Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, according to a Harris adviser," reports Seema Mehta at the Los Angeles Times. "Harris, 50, is a two-term attorney general who previously served as the district attorney of San Francisco." As attorney general, she was the first in the United States to issue privacy guidelines for app developers, and she is known for her close collaboration with the tech industry.
San Francisco man faces N.Y. trial in 'Silk Road' case. "Murder-for-hire allegations are central to a New York trial starting this week for a San Francisco man charged with running an online black market where drugs were sold as easily as books and electronics," reports the Associated Press. "Prosecutors say Ulbricht ran an underground website known as Silk Road, where hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, heroin and other drugs were sold to over 100,000 customers." Ulbricht, the report said, has pleaded not guilty.
Privacy advocates: A national data breach notification standard might actually make things worse "The president announced a fleet of proposals aimed at improving the data privacy of U.S. consumers." reports The Post's Andrea Peterson. "But some privacy advocates worry that one aspect, the push for a national data breach notification standard, might actually leave some consumers with fewer protections."