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China hacking map, getting behind Einstein and Alabama cyber

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NSA map shows China hacking points across U.S.

A National Security Agency document obtained by NBC News pinpoints more than 600 alleged victims of Chinese cyber espionage across the United States.

The document, part of a threat briefing prepared in February 2014, shows corporate, private and government targets allegedly hit by Chinese hackers over the course of five years, NBC News reported.

Google and defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin were apparently among the targets of the hacking, which the report linked to the Chinese government.

DHS secretary calls for Einstein legislation

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called on Congress to pass legislation that would fully authorize his agency's Einstein cybersecurity program to protect the .gov environment.

Johnson said in a statement that he strongly supported the Senate's cybersecurity legislation, just after the measure was approved by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Now, I urge the Senate to move quickly and pass this bill," he said.

Johnson said the bill, introduced by Rep. Tom Carper (D-Del.), will accelerate deployment of DHS' intrusion detection and prevention system across government and ensure that agencies know they are legally allowed to share information on network traffic with DHS for "narrowly tailored purposes." Some agencies have feared that making such disclosures under Einstein could cause legal problems for them.

The House passed a measure in April that contains similar provisions authorizing the program.

Army opening cyber campus in Alabama

The Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is setting up a new facility in Alabama for cyber education and research, Defense Systems reported.

The 66,000-square-foot facility at Redstone Arsenal will host experts in hardware, software, firmware, forensics and industrial control systems, among other fields, according to Defense Systems.

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