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Several states have seen their election networks hacked from foreign countries and several more have seen hacking into infrastructural computer systems. We speak with Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney about election security.


The Idaho Legislature's website was hacked two weeks ago by the Italian hacking group, AnonPlus. While no data had been stolen, just a publishing of their manifesto on the site, the hack exposed vulnerabilities in governmental websites. Boise State assistant computer science professor Hoda Mehrpouyan joins Idaho Matters to discuss cybersecurity in our public computer networks.


The shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night is the nation’s deadliest mass shooting in history. As the investigation into the senseless incident in Nevada continues, KBSX spoke to Idaho authorities about what impact the event is having here.

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To those who have traveled to Silver City, you know how sketchy the road leading into the ghost town is. A few people still own homes up there, but nearly everyone leaves for the winter months. One person, however, remains.

Dave Wilper spends the entire winter in Silver City as a caretaker and watchman.  This weekend marked typical weather for Silver City, with heavy wind gusts and blowing snow. Dan Greenwood spoke with Wilper about the challenges and rewards of being the only person in this secluded ghost town when roads are nearly impassable.

The Idaho National Laboratory is no longer accepting Idaho driver's licenses for identification because they don't meet federal security requirements.

INL spokeswoman Misty Benjamin tells KIFI-TV that those doing business with or visiting the eastern Idaho nuclear facility will have to bring a U.S. passport or one of about five other accepted identifiers.

The policy started Monday.

Idaho driver's licenses won't work because Idaho lawmakers prohibited the state from implementing the Real ID Act of 2005, passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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The parent companies of the Supervalu and Albertsons supermarkets say they have uncovered another breach of their computer networks, potentially compromising data from consumers.

The companies say that in late August or early September, malicious software was installed on networks that process credit and debit card transactions at some of their stores. Albertsons says the malware may have captured data including account numbers, card expiration dates and the names of cardholders. Supervalu says it believes most of its stores were not affected.

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A southwest Idaho man police say carried a loaded handgun into a security checkpoint at the Boise Airport has been cited with a misdemeanor.

Boise police say Transportation Security Administration agents found the weapon at 5:55 a.m. Thursday and notified police.

Police say they confiscated the weapon from the Nampa man who arrived at the airport to catch a flight to Salt Lake City.

Police didn't release the man's name or provide details on the weapon.

A message left with a police spokeswoman by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.

A school district in north Idaho is considering a plan to arm select teachers and staff with concealed handguns. The school board is asking for public comment at a meeting Tuesday in Sandpoint, Idaho.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting last year, officials at the Lake Pend Oreille School District took a look at their own safety procedures. They discovered that, in a similar situation, some of the rural schools in the district would have to wait as long as 20 minutes for police arrive.

Now, the district is floating the idea of giving teachers the means to shoot back.

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The Idaho running community will celebrate the 36th annual Race to Robie Creek this Saturday. But the half marathon has taken on new meaning for racers since two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Brian Rencher has helped plan this weekend's race. He says organizers have been talking with the Boise Police Department and the Boise County Sheriff’s office about Monday’s bombing. 

Boise Airport Reopens After “Credible Threat”

Nov 20, 2012

Passengers at the Boise airport are now clear to board their planes. Much of the airport shut down for two hours Tuesday afternoon because of what Boise Police and TSA officials are calling a “credible threat.”

The threat centered on the food court area, which was evacuated. The security checkpoint into the terminal was closed and boarding was halted. Planes that had already been boarded were allowed to take off.

Boise Theater Reacts To Colorado Shooting

Jul 20, 2012
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In the wake of the movie theater shooting in Colorado, theater owners have to consider something many have given little thought to in the past, security. One big company, AMC Theaters said Friday it will ban costumes and masks from its 300 plus movie houses. Regal Entertainment, which owns Boise's largest theater, says moviegoers should expect stricter controls over character attire and accessories. And the National Association of Theater Owners says it’s reviewing all security procedures.