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Sony hasn't had a good year for network security, but it is finally getting its act together when it comes to notifying customers about breaches.

Late Tuesday, the company's chief information security officer reported on the Sony blog that the company detected a break-in attempt of massive proportions.

Philip Reitinger, Sony's senior vice president and chief security officer, said that hackers engaged in a large-scale attempt to log into Sony's customer accounts, and that the attack succeeded in accessing 93,000 of them around the world. Those accounts have since been locked down. Sony isn't saying who it thinks is behind the most recent hacking attack.

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by Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, Greg Gordon, McClatchy, Jim Gilmore and Mike Wiser, PBS Frontline Oct. 11, 2011, 12:05 a.m.

This story is a joint project with ProPublica, PBS Frontline and McClatchy. The story will air on Frontline on Oct. 11. Check local listings.

WASHINGTON -- Months after the anthrax mailings that terrorized the nation in 2001, and long before he became the prime suspect, Army biologist Bruce Ivins sent his superiors an email offering to help scientists trace the killer.

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DOJ is firing back at Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) after he issued subpoenas to the Justice Department as part of the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing investigation into Fast and Furious.

“We’ve made clear from the beginning that the Department intends to work with the Committee to answer legitimate questions,” DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told TPM in an email. “However, this subpoena shows that Chairman Issa is more interested in generating headlines than in real oversight important to the American people.”

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner released a statement on Monday that makes the case for the Northeastern state’s position as presidential taste maker.

“In a state like New Hampshire,” Gardner writes, “candidates can run without a large staff or heavy advertising and consulting budgets if they have a message, meet directly with voters, and explain why they should be president.”

The state is facing a primary primacy challenge this year, with several states both moving their primaries up in the calender in an effort to have more of an impact on the nominating process. Gardner reports that his state is considering moving their date all the way up to either December 6th or 13th in an effort to retain their traditional position.

It seems like every week we get a new Republican presidential primary debate (and it seems that way because it's basically true.)

That means we're seeing a lot of the candidates in primetime, even the ones who don't really have a shot at winning the nomination. Sometimes it seems like we spend most of the time watching the also-rans talk, while the actual frontrunners are pushed to the side.

Turns out that's not really the case.

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Herman Cain during a press available in New Hampshire Wednesday said his recent successes can be chalked up to a theme: he wins.

“We’re now going to ramp up…we are ramping up and filling some very valuable positions that we need to fill,” Cain said, according to CNN. “The compression of the time leading up to the first caucus and primary and we now have the money to do so.”

Addressing an audience in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden stressed the importance of sufficient police forces in the fight against violent crime.

“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city,” Biden said. “In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes—just to pick two categories—climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.”

The Weekly Standard, however, chose to go in a different direction when reporting on the VP’s remarks. “Biden Warns of More Rapes and Murders If Jobs Bill Is Not Passed,” their headline reads.

Reuters reports:

Saudi Arabia and the United States traded charges with Iran Wednesday over an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, deepening divisions and sharpening a contest for power in the oil-rich Gulf.

The U.S. Marine Corps has just awarded a grant of $850,000 to a Wisconsin businessman and an engineering professor to develop a new high efficiency engine that can run on renewable biofuels and biogas, as well as ordinary diesel fuel. The new engine, called K6, is still in the design stage, and the grant will go to building and testing a prototype. If successful, K6 could be up to 30 percent more efficient - and far more quiet - than a conventional diesel engine. The engine also won't require any modifications when different fuels are used.

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