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48,000 Federal Employees Potentially Affected by Second Background Check Hack

December 18, 2014 This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances. The total number of employees affected is 48,439, according ...

Among Best Federal Agencies to Work, NASA Continues to Soar

December 9, 2014 Last week, NASA’s Orion capsule launched into space on a test flight that could pave the way to a mission to Mars. This week, the space agency continues to climb in the rankings of the annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.” Out of a score of 100 ...

Information Overload? Not For Most Americans

December 8, 2014 Despite our always-on society, most Americans in fact don’t feel overwhelmed by information but instead say various technologies make them better informed and help them learn new things. Pew Research Center’s new survey, released Dec. 8, reveals that a large majority -- close to 90 percent -- of the 1,006 ...

Blogger Leaks ‘Evidence’ of China’s Propaganda Machine

December 8, 2014 Ant-government activist “Xiaolan” has posted online an archive of email communications from the Internet Information Office of Zhanggong District, China Digital Times reports. Xiaolan calls the leak “evidence of the work of the Fifty Cent Party,” referring to commentators paid to write online in favor of government policies. The commentators ...

Now Parking Lots Near Retailers Are Getting Hacked

December 1, 2014 SP+, formerly known as Standard Parking Corp., which provides parking, maintenance and security services, says an intruder who breached its payment processing systems accessed customer data, Security Week reports. The company learned of the compromise from its payment card system provider. The provider explained an unauthorized person had used a ...

Prince George's County School Employees’ Social Security Numbers Emailed Out Erroneously

November 24, 2014 A document that contained Prince George’s County Public School System employees’ personal information was emailed outside of the district to the personal addresses of certain staff, the Washington Post reports. Employees were notified of the breach on Friday evening, about a week after the incident. The wrongful recipients also have ...

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 ...