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Secret Service Confirms Agency Laptop Stolen

March 17, 2017 The Secret Service Friday confirmed an employee’s agency-issued laptop was stolen. Law enforcement sources said the laptop contains details about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and Trump Tower floor plans, ABC News reported. The laptop—along with a bag and coins—was stolen from an agent’s vehicle Thursday morning, according...

2 Russian Spies Charged in Yahoo Breach of 500M Accounts

March 15, 2017 Two members of the Russian intelligence unit that works with the FBI on cyber crime lead a conspiracy to use Yahoo’s email network to target dissidents and government officials, according to the Justice Department. Russian Federal Security Service officers Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, and Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, allegedly directed...

White House Selects Deputy CTO From Peter Thiel’s Rolodex

March 6, 2017 One of PayPal's cofounders and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel’s aides will step into the role of White House deputy chief technology officer. The White House tapped Michael Kratsios, principal and chief of staff at Thiel Capital, for the post in the Office of Science and Technology, according to Politico....

Mattis Wants Pentagon's New Acquisition Roles Defined

February 22, 2017 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis tasked his deputy secretary with mapping out the department’s acquisition organization and where new roles like the chief innovation officer could fit in. Addressed to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, a pair of memos released Friday address organizational changes required by the National Defense Authorization Act...

Lawmakers Want Social Media Vetted for All Visa Applicants and Ask More Mar-a-Lago Questions

February 17, 2017 As Congress heads out for its first recess, a freshman’s first bill would require the Homeland Security Department to vet social media accounts for anyone applying for a U.S. visa. In addition to reviewing all of an applicant’s publicly available social media, the Visa Investigation and Social Media Act, proposed...

Federal Information Systems Hit 20 Years on GAO’s High-Risk List

February 15, 2017 The Government Accountability Office released an updated high-risk list of programs ripe for waste or mismanagement, and again, for the 20th year, it features federal information systems security. “Securing these technologies is vital for the nation’s security, prosperity and well-being. Nevertheless, the security over these systems is inconsistent and additional...

Government Contractor Accused of Stealing NSA Cyber Secrets

February 8, 2017 A federal grand jury has indicted former government contractor Harold Thomas Martin III with willful retention of classified national security information, including information about the National Security Agency’s cyber capabilities and its targets. Martin worked for at least seven private contractors since 1993, placing him in several defense and intelligence...

Video: DARPA Tests Drone-Catching Prototype

February 8, 2017 The U.S. military uses unmanned aerial vehicles of all sizes from the 4-pound, hand-launched Raven to the 15,000-pound Global Hawk that takes off and lands on a runway. Most of the military’s mid-sized drones are fixed wing, which means they need launch and recovery mechanisms that often aren't available in...

IARPA Wants Autonomous Fingerprint Tech

January 31, 2017 The intelligence community wants to be able to capture an entire fingerprint—from one edge of the nail bed to the other—without a human operator and is offering $325,000 in prizes for the technology to do so. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge seeks a biometric...

IARPA Wants Autonomous Fingerprint Tech

January 30, 2017 The intelligence community wants to be able to capture an entire fingerprint—from one edge of the nail bed to the other—without a human operator and is offering $325,000 in prizes for the technology to do so. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge seeks a biometric...