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European Central Bank Blackmailed After Data Breach

8:09 AM ET Hackers penetrated a database containing the personal information of individuals who had registered for events at the European Central Bank, Bloomberg reports. ECB said in a statement Thursday, “No internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised.” The institution received an email July 21 demanding an unspecified amount of money for ...

After 6 Years and $300M, Social Security IT Project Still Doesn’t Work

July 24, 2014 Just how troubled is the Social Security Administration information-technology project now under congressional scrutiny? The agency spent $300 million and six years developing the new case-processing system and users are still unable to submit information by hitting the "Enter" key. Republican lawmakers say they are investigating SSA’s management of the ...

Jay-Z and Elton John Concertgoers Ripped Off by StubHub Hackers

July 23, 2014 Cybercriminals commandeered more than 1,000 user accounts on the ticket resale website and bought tickets to marquee events, using logins stolen from earlier breaches at other companies, and other tactics, BBC reports. The crooks, members of an international syndicate, then scalped the vouchers and divvied up the proceeds, according to ...

False Air Force One Crash Reported on Hacked WSJ Facebook Page

July 22, 2014 The official social media account of the Wall Street Journal posted a headline about the disappearance of President Barack Obama’s plane over Russian airspace, days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, SecurityWeek reports. Flight 17 was shot down over a portion of Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. "BREAKING: ...

Hackers Exploit MH17 Sorrow; Redirect Online Tributes to Malware

July 21, 2014 Fake Facebook pages set up for victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are driving traffic to pop-up advertisements and malicious software on external sites, the Daily Mail reports. The passengers named include young Australian siblings who died with their grandfather. The pages were created the day the plane crashed. They ...

How to Approach Declining Federal IT Spending

July 17, 2014 More efficient federal information technology systems will require fewer dollars, according to a new report from Deltek that predicts agency IT spending will fall from $101 billion to $94 billion in five years. Deltek factors in IT spending that often is left out of the overarching budget numbers, such as ...

Need to Know Memo: Finding Savings in the Cloud

July 17, 2014 Federal agencies are now capable of making their information and operations available nearly anywhere that has a secure Internet connection. They're already tapping into substantial savings from cloud computing and data center consolidation. Experts say the shift could ultimately could ultimately save the government as much as $20 billion per ...

Hamas Interrupts Israeli TV with Urgent Message

July 17, 2014 A Channel 10 satellite broadcast was briefly hacked Monday by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, the Jerusalem Post reports. During the compromise, the second most popular commercial channel in Israel flashed images of wounded Gazans and the message: "Your government chose the time to launch this campaign. Your government will ...

IT Disruptions 3 Times More Likely at Agencies with Complex Networks

July 16, 2014 Cloud services, virtualization and personal computing devices are among the trends in government information technology that complicate networks and could be contributing to frequent disruptions, according to a new report. Agencies with more complex networks are three times more likely to experience disruptions than those with simplified networks, according to ...

OPM Helps Managers Visualize Personnel Data

July 15, 2014 Senior managers now have new tools to try to boost employee engagement, the Office of Management and Budget announced today. The dashboard lets managers customize and visualize personnel data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and from OPM’s Enterprise Human Resources Integration data. Users have access to data sets specific ...