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4 Internet Crimes Trends to Know

June 22, 2017 Internet crimes such as business wire fraud, ransomware, tech support scams and extortion led to more than $1.3 billion in losses in 2016, according to the FBI. The bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, released its annual report Thursday and last year alone it handled 298,728 complaints—though it estimates...

If You're Going to Set a Cyber Trap, Don't Do This

June 20, 2017 If you go to a conference, be wary of charging stations for mobile devices. If you’re an agency setting up a cyber sting, be sure to follow the rules. An Energy Department cyber office decided to test conference goers at the 2016 Cyber Conference in Atlanta with fake charging machines...

DHS Re-awards $1B Cyber Contract to Protect Government Networks

June 19, 2017 The Homeland Security Department re-awarded a $1 billion contract to support the system that provides cyber protection to agencies across government. Raytheon will support DHS’ next-generation National Cybersecurity Protection System, known as Einstein, after a series of bid protests from Northrop Grumman since the initial contract award in September 2015....

3 Lessons Agencies Need to Learn from WannaCry

June 15, 2017 Federal government systems escaped the global outbreak of the WannaCry ransomware, but agencies can glean lessons to fend off whatever comes next, experts told lawmakers Thursday. “Federal systems were fortunately spared from WannaCry, but we want to make sure they’re spared in a more sophisticated attack,” said Rep. Darin LaHood,...

CSRA Sponsored the U.S. Flag Emoji Because That’s a Thing You Can Do

June 14, 2017 In celebration of Flag Day, a government contractor adopted the American flag emoji. CSRA, an IT and professional services provider, announced Wednesday it officially sponsored the emoji through the Unicode Consortium’s Adopt-a-Character program because of an employee’s nudge. Chris Leonard, a scientific review manager, suggested CSRA adopt the American flag...

WannaCry Gives HHS’ Cyber Threat Center a Real-World Test

June 8, 2017 The Health and Human Services Department’s cyber threat center already has undergone its first test—the WannaCry ransomware outbreak—even though it hasn’t reached initial operating capability yet, HHS officials told lawmakers Thursday. “The true state of cybersecurity risk in this sector is underreported by orders of magnitude and the vast majority...

How the Interior Department Stopped a Phishing Attack

May 25, 2017 The Interior Department stopped a phishing attack by speeding up its plans to require two-factor authentication for email, the agency’s inspector general said. More than 1,500 Interior employees received an email with a link to what appeared to be the agency’s standard log-in page. Instead, it captured credentials of more...

Report: Mar-a-Lago and Other Trump Properties Have Lax Cybersecurity

May 17, 2017 Unsecured Wi-Fi networks, wireless printers and misconfigured servers represent a few of the poor cybersecurity practices found by reporters who poked around Trump resorts and hotels, including the “Winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago. Armed with a directional Wi-Fi antenna gun and “easily available software,” a team of Gizmodo and ProPublica reporters...

HHS’ Cyber Threat Center Comes Out of Beta Soon

May 12, 2017 The Health and Human Services Department’s nascent cybersecurity center will soon reach initial operating capability to help share threat information with a sector constantly under attack and often short of cyber personnel of its own. Based on the Homeland Security Department's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the Healthcare Cybersecurity...

Drones Flying By Airports Coming Soon(ish)

May 5, 2017 The Federal Aviation Administration expects to deliver a prototype of an automated flight certification system this year that will allow drones to fly in controlled airspace, the agency administrator said. “This sets up what is really true integration of unmanned aircraft working in the same space as traditional manned aircraft,”...