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Next CTO Reportedly Waiting for Security Clearance

3:38 PM ET The White House has chosen Google executive Megan Smith as the next federal chief technology officer and expects to make the announcement when security vetting is complete, Fortune reported, citing unnamed sources. Fortune's Dan Primack accurately broke the news of Todd Park’s imminent departure from the job a week before ...

Hackers Conceal Spyware in Industrial Software Firm’s Site to Probe Visitors

8:59 AM ET Unlike most so-called drive-by attacks on websites, which infect visitors’ computers with malware, a strike on a software provider’s website involved a tool that takes detailed notes about visitors’ machines, Computerworld reports. The unnamed website is “related to software used for simulation and system engineering in a wide range of ...

Russian Government Might Be Behind New JPMorgan Hack

August 28, 2014 Suspected government-backed hackers penetrated systems at JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank during incidents the FBI is investigating as a Russian response to U.S.-sponsored sanctions, Bloomberg reports. The episodes occurred in mid-August. In one case, attackers abused a previously undetected software flaw, known as a "zero day" vulnerability, ...

UK Prisons Issued Encrypted Drives to Stop Leaks But Had No Luck

August 27, 2014 The Ministry of Justice was fined about $300,000 for losing a device with prison records, after not realizing one must turn on disk encryption for it to function, the Financial Times reports. This was a repeat offense for the department, following a similar case in October 2011, when an unencrypted ...

Hacktivists Swipe Ferguson Officers’ Personal Data

August 25, 2014 It’s not clear how much information was compromised, but the breach of officers' computers is one reason why police responding to the upheaval in Ferguson aren’t displaying their names on uniforms, CNN reports. The FBI is investigating. Read the rest at ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches. And ...

Report: Todd Park to Step Down as Federal CTO

August 22, 2014 The second-ever federal chief technology officer, Todd Park, plans to resign from his position by the end of the year but will stay with the federal government in a California-based role with recruiting responsibilities, Fortune reported today. Park plans to relocate to Silicon Valley where his work will include recruiting ...

UPS Discloses Breach at 51 Stores

August 21, 2014 UPS came forward relatively quickly about a payment system hack that was discovered after the retailer received a sectorwide, government-issued alert about a specific form of antivirus-proof infection. UPS proactively hired a cybersecurity firm to inspect all store systems “upon receiving the bulletin,” company officials said in a statement. The ...

Pro-Palestinian Hackers Deface Delaware State Treasury Site

August 20, 2014 Hacktivists going by the moniker “SaLeM” graffitied an official website of thestate of Delaware with pro-Palestinian messages, Dover Post reports. One note read in part: Hacking sites will not STOP!!! Unless Gaza is Free. “There are some weaknesses in the website that allowed [the hackers] to post that anti-Israel message ...

Pakistan Railway Site Breached by Indian Hacktivists

August 19, 2014 On India’s Independence Day, hacker activists loyal to the country breached the official website of state-owned Pakistan Railways, reports The International News, a Pakistani newspaper. Hacktivists, calling themselves “Black Dragon Indian Hacker Online Squad,” vandalized the transportation site to even the score, after Pakistanis allegedly infiltrated Indian sites. “Hello citizens ...

Keeping Pace With Big Data: Livestream

August 19, 2014 For many agencies, data comes in a lot faster than analysis. Agencies need answers fast, and subpar, slow analytics can negatively affect an agency’s ability to perform its mission. Some agencies have turned to real-time analytics to keep pace with their data, rapidly decreasing the time it takes for them ...