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Hackers Expose Gamers' Accounts and Meddle in French Elections

May 1, 2017 Stay in the know. Follow ThreatWatch, Nextgov's index of data breaches and cyber threats. Wireless Heart Monitor Maker to Pay $2.5M Settlement to HHS After Laptop Stolen CardioNet, a remote mobile cardiac monitoring company, agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement after an employee’s laptop with protected health information was...

What Happens to Federal Employee Pay During a Shutdown?

April 26, 2017 For federal employees, a government shutdown isn’t about not being able to visit a park, it creates uncertainty about their livelihood. Will they get paychecks? When? Is health insurance still covering them? Though typically federal employees received back pay after being furloughed in previous shutdowns, there are no guarantees. Our...

Hackers Slickly Spoof URLs, Use NSA Tools and Steal Credit Cards Numbers from Hotels

April 24, 2017 Hackers never rest. Follow ThreatWatch, Nextgov's index of the latest cyber threats and breaches. Google Chrome Update Addresses Super Sneaky URL Trick The latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser addresses 29 vulnerabilities, including one that allowed hard-to-detect URL spoofing. Outside researchers discovered 12 of the vulnerabilities in the Chrome...

Hackers Hit Talent Agency, Payday Lender and Video Game Giant

April 17, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: GameStop Looks Into Possible Hack Hackers may have stolen credit card information and customer data from a popular video game retailer, according to KrebsOnSecurity. GameStop Corp. told KrebsOnSecurity April 7 it’s investigating a...

Hackers Target Trade Group, Rob Banks and Steal Athletes' Medical Records

April 10, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: US Trade Group Hit with Chinese Spy Tool, Researchers Say A spy tool tied to the Chinese government was discovered on the National Foreign Trade Council’s website, according to a cybersecurity firm. The...

Lawmakers Try to Roll Back Online Privacy Rollback and Offer Vets Coding Boot Camps

April 7, 2017 After a filibustering, nuclear-option taking fight over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorusch, Congress heads into a recess next week. But this week, lawmakers introduced plenty of bills to claw back privacy rights, require mobile government websites and support high-tech training for veterans and law enforcement officials. Online Privacy, Take Two...

Hackers Stockpile University Emails, Target Dentists and Someone Snatched 3.7M Voters' Information

April 3, 2017 Online life moves pretty fast. If you don't follow ThreatWatch, you could miss it. 14M University Email Accounts for Sale on Dark Web Security researchers identified about 14 million email addresses and passwords from more than 300 U.S. universities—a sharp increase from the just shy of 3 million available last...

Congress’ Favorite Word This Week: Transparency

March 31, 2017 Even though this week saw Congress roll back internet privacy rules, lawmakers more often tackled legislation that included the words "open" and "online" as if they were playing some kind of transparency bingo game. Open Gov 2.0 Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, along with Reps. Blake Farenthold,...

Hackers Leak Job Seekers' Info, Customer Data and Discover Cisco Bugs

March 27, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hundreds of Thousands of Job Seekers' Information May Have Been Compromised by Hackers Hundreds of thousands of job seekers in at least 10 states may have had personal information stolen from a multistate...

The Russia Hearing That Wasn’t and What Else Congress Did

March 24, 2017 The House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election devolved into chaos this week with Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., abruptly canceling a March 28 open hearing where top law enforcement and intelligence officials from the Obama administration were scheduled to testify. Ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., charged...