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How Government Is Embracing Innovation: Livestream

August 19, 2014 Nextgov will sit down with technology innovators in government and hear their insights and experiences on new possibilities in governance with technology, managing a cutting-edge workforce, and making sure your team has the right tools for the job. Watch this live digital event on August 21st to learn about: Opening...

Australian Official’s Cellphone Tapped during Fight over Access to MH17 Zone

August 18, 2014 An unidentified nation compromised Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop’s mobile device while she was overseas negotiating to get her country’s police into the MH17 crash area, the Herald Sun reports. It is believed that Australian intelligence agents know from where the hack originated. Bishop was on a two-week trip...

Hello, 911? I Stole a Phone and the Victim is Running After Me

August 15, 2014 When a 20-year-old woman called police to complain about a man following her, cops arrived to find her, a mauled man, a phone-shaped lump on the woman and crack, Komo News reports. The woman told authorities the man woke her up while she was taking a nap on a bus,...

Russian PM Quits in Hacked Tweet

August 14, 2014 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter account disowned President Putin and announced plans to take up freelance photography, after an intruder compromised his social media feed, RT reports. The hacker sent off a flurry of tweets during 40 minutes of free rein. “I resign. I am ashamed for the actions...

Hacked Yahoo News Tweet Reports Atlanta Ebola Outbreak

August 13, 2014 A prominent publication’s Twitter feed announced Sunday afternoon the Ebola disease had spread beyond an Atlanta hospital where two infected Americans are quarantined, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. “BREAKING: EBOLA OUTBREAK IN ATLANTA!” a Yahoo News tweet blared. “Estimated 145 people infected so far since Doctors carrying the disease were flown...

Russia Bugs Ukraine Government Offices with Spyware

August 11, 2014 Snake, an espionage tool linked to Moscow, has been found in the computers of Ukraine’s prime minister and various embassies of its allies in Eastern Europe. “Sensitive diplomatic information has been made available to the perpetrators of the attack as a result,” the Financial Times reports. The cyber assault against...

Spyware Maker Accused of Peddling to Autocrats is Gutted By Hacker

August 7, 2014 The clients, prices and techniques of the manufacturer of the FinFisher cyberweapon are circulating the Web, following a security breach, ZDNet reports. Anglo-German Gamma Group allegedly sells FinFisher to nation states and police agencies. A hacker, operating under codename GammaGroupPR, has published notes across social media outlets about the purported...

Foreigners Probably Behind Break-in at DHS Background Check Contractor

August 7, 2014 Department of Homeland Security employees likely had their personal information exposed when attackers poached a computer system at USIS, a firm that conducts personnel investigations on behalf of many agencies, The Washington Post reports. It’s unclear how many government workers are affected. USIS officials said in a statement the intrusion...

NASA’s Augmented Reality App Just Got a Makeover

August 5, 2014 With the second anniversary of Curiosity’s landing on the Red Planet, the space agency has revamped its app that highlights spacecraft that study the Earth and beyond. Launched in 2012, the augmented reality Spacecraft 3D app enables users to learn about and interact with various NASA spacecraft. The newly released...

Database Goof Endangers Thousands of Mozilla Developers’ Credentials

August 5, 2014 Encrypted passwords of 4,000 developers, who help the organization that built the popular Web browser Firefox, have been exposed and perhaps exploited by hackers, Ars Technica reports. The logins and roughly 76,000 email addresses were on a publicly accessible server from June 23 through much of July, according to a...