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When Americans think of terrorism, they often envision 9-11-style attacks or some other extreme act of violence. But the nation’s enemies don't just hail from a specific part of the world, and Americans are under attack every day—not by air, land, or sea, but electronically through data breaches and hacking.

That's why the commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission is focusing on discovering vulnerabilities and strengthening the state's databases.

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Americans have a growing thirst for beer, and a student from the University of Richmond is tapping into that trend with a new app which has already earned him $3.500. 

Americans adore their beer, and something big is happening to the business of brews. Overall sales last year were down nearly two percent, but consumption of craft beers – made by small, local breweries – rose more than 17%.  University of Richmond senior Nick Creegan is a craft beer fan.

As Target, Home Depot, the U.S. Post Office and other entities find it difficult to protect consumer information, Virginia lawmakers are wondering how public schools will guard student data as they transition into electronic instruction, testing, and information storage. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science aims to close the gaps in state laws and policies that might inadvertently allow the use of student data for unauthorized purposes.

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The State Crime Commission is wrestling with how to craft balanced legislation that addresses the growing problem of underage teens who take sexually explicit images of themselves and send them to others.

The members’ concern is heightened by some widely published cases—including a Louisa County “sexting” ring involving 100 teens and 1,000 images of minors posted on Instagram. 

But they’re also concerned that the penalties in existing laws designed for adult child predators may be too steep for teens.

Drones have gained global attention for their ability to spy on people in times of war, but these unmanned flying objects have plenty of peaceful  applications, and a Lynchburg man is pioneering one - swooping in to help realtors sell property.