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Congress Tackles Cabinet Confirmations, Expands Watchdog Powers

January 20, 2017 Congress wrapped inaugural week by confirming Defense Secretary James Mattis with a vote of 98 to 1. A few hours after Trump was sworn in as 45th president, he signed the waiver the retired Marine Corps general needed to serve as secretary, a role that by statute requires a 7-year...

Hackers Steal Data, Hold Databases Hostage and Leak Video Gaming Community Profiles

January 17, 2017 In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Hacker Cribs Data from Cellphone Hacking Company A hacker has pilfered data from a company that specializes in cellphone hacking. Taken partly from company servers, the stolen information—about 900 gigabytes worth—from Cellebrite entails...

Hackers Engage in WhatsApp Wi-Fi Scam; N.H. Health Data Breach and SOCOM Staff Leak

January 9, 2017 Another busy week in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. Watch Out for WhatsApp Wi-Fi Scam A recently identified WhatsApp scam promises free Wi-Fi or 3G connection, packaged in a message that looks like it’s from a friend. Naked Security reports the message, which has misspellings and a...

Congress Wraps First Week with Muslim Registry, H1-B Visa and Innovation Fellow Bills

January 6, 2017 One week into the 115th Congress, and there’s already plenty of legislation for the tech community to track. No Muslim Registry? A group of Senate Democrats took steps to block President-elect Donald Trump’s election promise of a Muslim registry. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Thursday introduced the Protect American Families from...

What You Missed Over the Holidays

January 3, 2017 In the last 24 hours, House Republicans unveiled a plan Monday to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics and then reversed its plans Tuesday—and that’s how the whole holiday season has been. While you plug back into work, here are the stories that catch you up and move you forward:...

Hackers Target European Security Watchdog and Law Firms; Medical Marijuana Database Breached

January 3, 2017 Another busy week in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. Medical Marijuana Database Taken Offline After Breach Nevada's medical marijuana program database was taken offline this week after personal and sensitive information of roughly 11,700 dispensary applicants were leaked online. A bug affecting the online portal used by...

Hackers Take Over Twitter Accounts, Attack Power Grid and Set Up Ad-Watching Network

December 27, 2016 Another busy week in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. OurMine Takes Over Netflix, Marvel and NFL Twitter Accounts “Hey, it’s OurMine, we are just testing your security,” read tweets from several prominent brands Wednesday, including Netflix U.S., Marvel Entertainment and the National Football League. The hacker group...

1B Yahoo Accounts Breached, Facebook Chats That Aren't Private and Ransomware You Share

December 19, 2016 Another busy week in Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. FBI Investigates Yahoo's Billion-User Breach that Includes Feds' Info The FBI is investigating the breach of 1 billion Yahoo user accounts, a White House spokesman confirmed Thursday. “There was a previously reported breach that the FBI had previously...

Video: What Trump Appointments Mean for Cyber and IT

December 15, 2016 As President-elect Donald Trump continues nominating cabinet secretaries, he’s also naming other members to transition and agency landing teams. Nextgov Staff Correspondent Mohana Ravindranath joined “Government Matters” this week to discuss how the recent picks may hint at what Trump’s cyber and technology agenda may be. The panel also discusses...

Hackers Work Together on Build Better Bank Malware, Breach a Video-Sharing Site, And Steal $31M

December 12, 2016 For the latest cyber incidents, follow Nextgov's regularly updated index, Threatwatch. Researchers: Bank-Targeting Malware Sales Rise in Dark Web Markets A variant of the Zeus banking Trojan is gaining in popularity in dark web forums, according to security researchers. The malware targets point-of-sales systems through spear-phishing campaigns and RIG exploit...