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Hackers Hit Pizza Hut's Ordering While Breaches Expose 30 Million South Africans

October 23, 2017 The catchily dubbed the KRACK attack, a flaw in a protocol that encrypts Wi-Fi networks, and reports that hackers stole Microsoft's database of bugs in 2013 nabbed headlines but that's not all that happened in cyberspace. Here's what else went on in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber events....

Someone's Swiping Credit Cards from Hyatt, Research Reports from Forrester and a Disqus Breach

October 16, 2017 This week saw more bad news from Equifax. The company acknowledged a file with 15.2 million U.K. residents’ information was accessed, denied reports one of its websites had been hacked, and had a $7 million bridge contract with the IRS suspended. But hotels and research firms had their own problems....

Getting the Most Out of Data Centers

October 11, 2017 Legacy technology costs the federal government a lot of money. Statistically, around 80 percent of the government’s $80 billion IT budget goes toward past-generation systems that, as former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott used to say, “keep the lights on.” An Office of Management and Budget mandate requires federal...

Congress' Week: Data Breaches, Kaspersky and Murderers with Security Clearances

October 6, 2017 Lawmakers ricocheted like pinballs between a trio of major breach stories but also found time advance bills with major implications for federal agencies. Agencies that haven’t optimized data centers need to figure out their plans. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee moved along the FITARA Enhancement Act, which...

Report: Russian Hackers Used Kaspersky Anti-virus to Steal NSA Hacking Tools

October 5, 2017 Kaspersky software provided an inroad for Russian hackers to snatch details of National Security Agency offensive spying tools off an agency contractor’s personal computer, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The report offers the first confirmation—though not on the record—that Russian intelligence services are using Kaspersky software to steal sensitive...

The State of Cybersecurity Awareness

October 3, 2017 If headlines are any indication, there’s never been more interest in cybersecurity. It’s not just the frequent, massive data breaches that have the public interested. Presidential candidates hammered each other over cybersecurity stances during debates, and the victor, President Donald Trump, promised big changes after his election. Experts, however, question...

Hackers Scam Payment Info from Whole Foods, Sonic Drive-Ins

October 2, 2017 If you were paying attention to the Deloitte breach, here's what else happened in Threatwatch, Nextgov's index of cyber incidents. Whole Foods Looks into Payment Breach at Restaurants, Taprooms The grocery chain Whole Foods acknowledged Thursday it’s investigating how payment cards used at some of its restaurants and taprooms may...

Congress Takes Up FITARA, Healthcare.gov Outages and Has a Lot of Equifax Questions

September 29, 2017 Agencies that have so far avoided making plans to optimize their data centers might not be able to wait out the expiring mandate. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced the FITARA Enhancement Act this week. The bill aims...

Pirate Website Uses Visitors Browers to Mine Virtual Coins and Servers Leak Memory

September 25, 2017 Equifax fallout dominated the week, including another push by U.S. lawmakers to create a nationwide data breach standard, and then there was the anti-virus software that had embedded malware. But there’s always more in Threatwatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber events. Here’s what else you may have missed: Pirate...

Congress Tackles Data Breaches, Russian Meddling and IT Modernization

September 22, 2017 The Modernizing Government Technology Act received new life last week with its inclusion in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act, but the IT modernization legislation isn’t a done deal yet. Meanwhile, Congress will take a hard look at cybersecurity policies at two agencies this week: the State Department, which plans...