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Hackers Can Get Into Your Device Via Bluetooth and That Other Equifax Breach

September 18, 2017 Welcome to Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. The Federal Trade Commission acknowledged it would investigate the Equifax data breach of 143 million U.S. consumers, but here's what else went on last week: Bluetooth Bug Leaves Windows, Linux, Android Devices Vulnerable Security researchers created an attack that can...

NDAA Heads to Floor and Kaspersky Heads to Washington

September 15, 2017 Congress got cracking this week, with the House passing eight of the 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the government and the Senate’s final vote on the defense authorization bill expected Monday. The National Defense Authorization Act, which funds the Defense Department and military services, has more than 100 amendments...

Lenovo Settles Over Adware, Contractor Exposes Vets' Resumes, and Hackers Sell Big-Time Instagrammers' Info

September 11, 2017 In case you missed what happened last week besides the Equifax breach, here's a roundup from Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. Lenovo Settles with FTC over Security-Disabling Adware Chinese technology company Lenovo settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission and 32 states over preinstalled adware that...

Congress Wants Answers About the Equifax Breach

September 8, 2017 Cyber-focused lawmakers moved swiftly Thursday and Friday to respond to an enormous data breach at the credit rating agency Equifax, which could affect up to 143 million people, or about 44 percent of the U.S. population. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., asked the House Judiciary Committee to call a hearing where...

Adopting Agile

September 7, 2017 Change is hard, especially for an organization as large as the federal government. But some agencies are turning away from the way government knows to buy technology—through traditional waterfall development—to an iterative, incremental agile methodology. The private sector has been honing agile techniques for years, but the method is still...

Hackers Can Get into Pacemakers, Leak 700M Emails and Spoof the Taxman

September 5, 2017 There's never a dull moment in cyberspace. Here's a roundup of what happened last week in Nextgov's Threatwatch, our regularly updated index of cyber incidents. FDA Warnes Nearly a half Million Pacemakers Need Security Updates The Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned about 465,000 pacemaker patients their medical devices...

Hackers Focus on Money By Spreading Adware and Porting Cellphone Numbers

August 28, 2017 Here's a roundup of Nextgov's ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of cyber incidents. Texas City Warns Customers of Credit Card Breach The City of Beaumont, Texas on Thursday shut down the system it uses to accept water utility payments due to fears it had been breached. The city said some...

Hackers Take Over HBO Social Accounts, Plant Spyware in App Store and Target Scottish Parliament

August 21, 2017 It's another week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber events. Here's what you missed last week: Hacking Group Takes Over HBO Social Media Accounts HBO’s cyber nightmare continues after a well-known hacking group took over several of the company's Twitter accounts late Wednesday night, the New York Times...

Hackers Spy on Hotel Guests and Target North Korean Organizations

August 14, 2017 Welcome to ThreatWatch, Nextgov's weekly roundup of cyber incidents around the globe. Russia-linked Fancy Bear Tied to Hotel Spying A security firm linked a recent wave of hacked hotel Wi-Fi networks to one of the groups suspected of breaching the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election, according to...

UCLA Notifies 32,000 Students of Cyberattack

August 7, 2017 This was originally published as part of ThreatWatch, part of our sibling publication Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. The University of California, Los Angeles recently reported a cyberattack on a server that contained the personal information of about 32,000 students. The university detected unauthorized access to a Summer...