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Map Shows the NSA's Massive Worldwide Malware Operations

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new map details how many companies across the world have been infected by malware by the National Security Agency's team of hackers, and where the companies are located. Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reports the NSA uses malware to infect, infiltrate and steal information from over 50,000 computer networks around...

Stuxnet Used an Old Movie Trick to Fool Iran's Nuclear Program

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a fascinating new read, Foreign Policy's Ralph Langer explored the deep history of Stuxnet, the super computer virus jointly authored, allegedly, by American and Israeli intelligence services to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. In doing so , he learned the real story involves not one, but two viruses, including an...

New Deal Could Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan for 10 More Years

November 19, 2013 A draft of the potentially costly security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan shows that some American troops may stay on the ground long after the current deal — which was meant end U.S. involvement for good — expires at the end of next year. NBC News reporter Richard Engel...

Tim Geithner Finally Moving to Wall Street

November 18, 2013 After working with the Council on Foreign Relations and writing a book, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner finally got a new job. He's chasing the big bucks at a private-equity firm, following a long line of former government officials cashing out on Wall Street. Friday evening, the Wall Street Journal...

FBI: Anonymous Hackers Stole Info on 100,000 Federal Employees, Contractors

November 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers associated with Anonymous launched a year-long campaign to break into multiple government agency networks and steal the personal information of over 100,000 employees, contractors and family members, according to a recently distributed memo obtained by Reuters. The FBI memo, Reuters reports, was meant to call for aministrators to clean...

A Russian Cosmonaut Accidentally Infected the ISS with Stuxnet

November 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky says that the infamous Stuxnet computer virus infected the International Space Station after being installed through a USB stick carried on board by a Russian cosmonaut. Speaking to reporters at a National Press Club event in Canberra, Australia, last week, Kaspersky also says the virus...

Hacker Arrested for Compromising Federal Employee and Service Member Info

October 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's a good chance federal authorities enjoyed arresting Lauri Love, a 28-year-old British man accused of hacking into multiple government agencies over the last year to steal confidential employee information in order to publish it. New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced the arrest in a statement Monday. Love...

Why Was NSA's Website Down for 11 Hours?

October 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency's website was down for several hours on Friday. But no one will confirm whether the outage was caused by a group of brash hackers attacking the website or if the hamster who normally keeps the place running simply stopped spinning on its wheel. NSA.gov went out...

Navy Officials Accused of Taking Cash, Hookers and Lady Gaga Tickets

October 21, 2013 The Washington Post's Craig Whitlock reports Michael Misiewicz, former commander of the USS Mustin, John B. Beliveau II, a onetime NCIS agent of the year, Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, and another official with the defense contractor were all arrested on corruption charges last month...

Report: NSA Director to Step Down by April

October 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and his number two are on the way out, according to a new Reuters report. Reuters' Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball report the Army General will reportedly be out as head of the spy agency by next March or April at the very...

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