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Will NSA and CYBERCOM Split?

September 12, 2016 Talk of separating the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command continues to pop up, as officials discuss the best path forward for agencies with different but related missions. NBC News Sept. 9 reported Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper both support a proposal to...

2 of 'Crackas With Attitude' Arrested for Hacking into Senior Officials' Accounts

September 8, 2016 Two men allegedly associated with the hacking crew Crackas With Attitude were arrested today for hacking into the senior government officials’ email accounts and other government systems. Andrew Otto Boggs, aka INCURSIO, and Justin Gray Liverman, aka D3F4ULT, are charged with multiple federal laws, including false personation of an officer...

Hacker ‘Guccifer’ Sentenced to 52 Months

September 1, 2016 The Romanian hacker who shared George W. Bush paintings with the world and says he found Hillary Clinton’s private email server was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison, says a Justice Department statement. Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, known as Guccifer, will serve time for unauthorized access to a protected...

FAA Announces First Drone Advisory Council Meeting

September 1, 2016 The Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Council will meet for the first time Sept. 16, according to a notice. The council, led by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, is supposed to find and prioritize challenges for incorporating small unmanned aircraft systems, a.k.a drones, into the national airspace. “Input from stakeholders is...

Video: What to Know About Ransomware and Agile Development

August 31, 2016 What is ransomware? What can people or agencies do to prevent it? Nextgov’s Mohana Ravindrinath discussed the FBI’s ransomware education efforts with "Government Matters" host Francis Rose. And bonus: She gives an overview of some of the federal government’s recent agile efforts.

FBI: Hackers Target 2 State Election Databases

August 29, 2016 The FBI warned election officials to enhance the security of systems after it found evidence foreign hackers penetrated databases in two state systems, Yahoo reports. An Aug. 18 bulletin from the FBI’s Cyber Division stated hackers were able to exploit a Structured Query Language injection vulnerability to exfiltrate data from...

DHS Investigates Leslie Jones Hack

August 26, 2016 The Homeland Security Department confirmed it is looking into a recent hack of actress Leslie Jones’ website. Jones, a "Saturday Night Live" cast member and “Ghostbusters” star, had her driver’s license, passport, nude pictures and racist imagery posted on her website Wednesday, TMZ first reported. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

What Vendors Need to Know About GSA’s New Cyber Offerings

August 24, 2016 The General Service Administration is introducing an additional step to evaluate cybersecurity vendors: an oral exam. The agency last week posted a draft solicitation for Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services, four new IT Schedule 70 Special Item Numbers designed to offer agencies quick access for cyberattack prevention and remediation. The SINs...

Video: Goodbye, Chrome Apps

August 23, 2016 Windows, Mac and Linux users can say goodbye to the Chrome Web Store. Google announced it will stop supporting the Chrome apps platform everywhere except the Chrome operating systems. Though users needn't panic: The store won't disappear until second half of 2017. Not sure what a Chrome app is or...

Video: How Navy’s Augmented Reality Helmet Brings Underwater Missions into Focus

August 19, 2016 Navy divers face one persistent problem in underwater missions: low visibility. The Naval Surface Warfare Center has been developing its own solution, the Divers Augmented Vision Display, or DAVD. The system includes a see-through device that goes inside a dive helmet. Divers get real-time visual display of sonar, text messages,...