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Anonymous Exposes Internal Census Data to Protest Controversial Trade Deals

July 24, 2015 The Census Bureau, part of the Commerce Department, recently bore the brunt of grievances about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have leaked sensitive data found inside the U.S. population-tracking bureau’s systems, according to an International Business Times report. Census...

Don’t Fall for This USAJobs Phishing Scam

July 22, 2015 The Office of Personnel Management is warning job seekers about email scams purporting to come from the federal government’s jobs site. A short advisory posted on the USAJobs.gov website states: Please be advised that the USAJOBS system is not sending out emails asking users to revalidate account information. Any emails...

Mark Your Calendar: Nextgov Prime Coming Sept. 9

May 27, 2015 It’s more than three months away, but already we’re planning our marquee event, Nextgov Prime, and we wanted you to be the first to hear about it. Nextgov Prime: Gov2020: Technology and Government of Tomorrow will take place Sept. 9 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. As the title...

Colonial America Stands Up to ‘Worldwide Caliphate’ after Random Hack

March 12, 2015 Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia attraction that re-enacts 18th-century life, has offered to temporarily take custody of Iraqi artifacts the Islamic State is intent on destroying, according to the tourist destination’s leaders. Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell B. Reiss, a former senior U.S. diplomat, first proposed the transfer March 2. Days later,...

Brit Allegedly Extracted Data from Pentagon Satellite System

March 6, 2015 A U.K. man allegedly broke into an international satellite messaging system the U.S. military uses to communicate with global personnel, British officials announced Friday. Police arrested the 23-year-old unnamed West Midlands man Wednesday. The data affected was “nonconfidential” contact information for about 800 people, according to a U.K. government statement....

Former WH Deputy CIO Lands at Fortune 500 Medical Device Firm

March 2, 2015 The former deputy chief information officer of the White House executive office is joining medical device giant Stryker as the company’s chief information security officer. Alissa Johnson had served as deputy CIO for the Office of Administration in the White House’s Executive Office of the President since March 2012. Stryker...

The Big Fix: Is Washington Ready for IT Reform?

February 19, 2015 There’s rare consensus in Washington that the federal government’s system for buying IT is broken. In the year after the HealthCare.gov fiasco, progress on revamping federal IT procurement has been mostly fitful. Still, experts agree fixing federal IT acquisition certainly won’t happen overnight -- or even in a year. Nextgov's...

Attention, Nextgov Readers: We Need Your Help

February 3, 2015 Nextgov aims to provide our readers with the most up-to-date, relevant federal IT news and analysis. So, tell us how we’re doing. Take our anonymous survey and let us know what stories and content you like consuming on Nextgov and what types of topics and coverage you want to see...

Kim Jong-un’s Operating System Now Available in the Free World

January 7, 2015 A hacker has leaked an operating system called “RedStar 3.0” that North Korea has been using to free itself of the rest of the Earth’s technology, Motherboard reports. The software is publicly available on the file-sharing site Pastebin, but it won’t be easy for most consumers to load this package...

The Year of the Breach: 10 Federal Agency Data Breaches in 2014

December 30, 2014 Call 2014 the year of the breach. Financial institutions, big-box retailers, entertainment giants and, yes, government agencies all fell victim to an assortment of cyber intruders last year. While private-sector cyberincidents stole the spotlight, the feds proved to be a tempting target for hackers as well. Over the past few...