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China Has Iron Dome

July 29, 2014 Three Israel-based defense firms that architected the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, which is currently protecting Israel from rocket strikes, were robbed of huge quantities of sensitive files related to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity reports. The hackers, suspected to be based in China, also copied pages of details on U.S. missile ...

Need to Know Memo: Going Hybrid

July 29, 2014 Many agencies could be saving money by making better use of the cloud, but what about all of the data and functions that simply can't go virtual? Going hybrid - integrating commercial cloud services with in-house systems – could be the answer. Under the hybrid model, you only pay for ...

House Wants Agency CIOs to Vouch for Security of Their Websites

July 29, 2014 Federal websites that collect personally identifiable information would have to be certified as secure by an agency chief information officer under legislation the House passed Monday evening. Introduced by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., the bill (H.R. 3635) would require new sites that collect Social Security numbers, dates of birth and ...

Hackers Raided Israeli Contractors That Built Iron Dome Missile Shield

July 28, 2014 Three Israel-based defense firms that architected the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, which is currently protecting Israel from rocket strikes, were robbed of huge quantities of sensitive files related to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity reports. The hackers, suspected to be based in China, also copied pages of details on U.S. missile ...

European Central Bank Blackmailed After Data Breach

July 25, 2014 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 ...