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Why Do So Few Feds Champion User Experience?

November 21, 2014 User experience may be gaining traction in the federal government, but a new survey reveals many still don't know exactly what it is and are reluctant to dedicate resources to it. Commonly known by its shorthand UX, user experience refers to the quality of a user's interaction with and perceptions ...

Anonymous Hacks KKK Accounts as Klan Threatens Ferguson Protesters

November 17, 2014 Following a week in which a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan warned of using “lethal force” against St. Louis street activists, hacktivist collective Anonymous dumped personal details of local white supremacists on the Internet, Raw Story reports. The Ferguson demonstrators are voicing disapproval of the Aug. 9 shooting of ...

Widespread Drupal Bug at the Root of Indiana Government Breach

November 10, 2014 Popular content management system Drupal recently concluded that users who didn’t install the company’s latest bug patch within seven hours should consider their websites susceptible to hacks of all sorts. The update was a fix for a newly identified glitch that can facilitate a “SQL injection” attack. On Nov. 3, ...

Attention, HHS: Don’t Do What Australia Did with Its Online Health Exchange

November 4, 2014 Apparently, the Obamacare online marketplace is not the only national government health exchange that has experienced glitches. Australia’s government-administered online health system allowed providers to see consumers’ personal health notes. A separate data breach, which occurred in May, resulted in consumers viewing other patients’ records on “myGov,” a one-stop online ...

Teacher’s Hacked Email Account Sends His Nude Photos to Students

November 3, 2014 The ex-boyfriend of a California high school science teacher allegedly broke into the educator’s email account and distributed indecent images of the man to hundreds of youths and local adults, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. An investigation began in July when more than 200 students, school staff and community ...

Cyber E-Book Turns Spotlight on Threat Vectors

October 28, 2014 Facing near-constant attacks from hackers, nation states and other adversaries, the target sign on the federal government has never been bigger than it is today. Lightning-speed advances in technology have made the effort to safeguard agency systems and data a constant battle. Agency decision-makers tasked with defending networks and systems ...

California Cops Text Nude Photos Stolen from Smartphones of Women in Custody

October 27, 2014 A California Highway Patrol officer and fellow police for years swapped images from smartphones belonging to arrested women, along with crude digital commentary, the Contra Costa Times reports. At least one female injured in a car accident also had her phone ransacked and ogled. In an affidavit, Contra Costa district ...

Gawkers at Two Hospitals Peek into Rob Ford’s Patient Records

October 24, 2014 Oft-disparaged Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has had his privacy breached twice, since undergoing medical treatment for an abdominal mass that turned out to be cancer. Individuals gained "inappropriate access" to Ford’s medical records at Humber River Hospital, where he was initially admitted, a hospital spokesman says, according to the CBC. ...

Infographic: Are We Prepared for Major Cyberattacks?

October 23, 2014 October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and both private and government organizations are at risk for cyberattack. Check out the infographic below to see a timeline of significant breaches as well as what government agencies in the U.S. and abroad are doing to prepare. (via WhoIsHostingThis?) (Image via fotogestoeber/Shutterstock.com)

Ex-Wife of Former Cop Allegedly Used Mobile Spyware for ID Fraud Racket

October 22, 2014 Kristin Nyunt is accused of intercepting communications, including sensitive law enforcement messages, with surveillance software secretly installed on the cellphone of her then-husband, former Cmdr. John Nyunt, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Evidence also shows John Nyunt let his wife log on to ...