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There Is No Such Thing as Private Data

June 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just a few years after social media began to permeate students’ high-school experiences, the terrifying rumors began to spread: a liberal arts college that rescinded an admissions offer after coming across a misguided Facebook post; competitive applicants that send “anonymous tips” to admissions committees with links to photos from a...

Russian Hackers Hack Democratic Party Computers

June 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two groups of hackers sponsored by the Russian government broke into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and accessed emails, chat logs and a trove of detailed opposition research on Donald Trump assembled by the party’s researchers. The hackers were removed from the system over the weekend, officials...

Russian Spies Hacked the Democratic Party to Steal Information on Donald Trump

June 14, 2016 Two groups of hackers sponsored by the Russian government broke into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and accessed emails, chat logs, and a trove of detailed opposition research on Donald Trump assembled by the party’s researchers. The hackers were removed from the system over the weekend, officials...

Inside a Russian Hacking Ring

June 10, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A man with intense eyes crouches over a laptop in a darkened room, his face and hands hidden by a black ski mask and gloves. The scene is lit only by the computer screen’s eerie glow. Exaggerated portraits of malicious hackers just like this keep popping up in movies and...

Will the Constitution Protect Your Next Smartphone?

June 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than a decade ago, the keynote speaker at a major annual cybersecurity conference strode into the spotlight and predicted the death of the password. “They just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure,” he told the audience of computer experts in San Francisco. The speaker...

Siri and Other Digital Assistants May Be Leaking Your Questions

May 24, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the last century, we’ve imagined a future where we’re surrounded by robotic butlers that are classy, smart and discreet. We wouldn’t think twice of asking an embarrassing question of a robo-assistant, or entrusting him/her/it with sensitive information, because the robot’s directive would be to serve only its owner. Already,...

Foreign Hackers May Be Targeting US Presidential Candidates

May 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As presidential candidates tack and weave through their primary races and toward their upcoming party conventions, the eyes of voters—and indeed, the eyes of the world—are on them. But a few groups are watching especially closely. Hackers have been spying on candidates and their campaigns, said James Clapper, the director...

Foreign Hackers May Be Targeting U.S. Presidential Candidates

May 18, 2016 As presidential candidates tack and weave through their primary races and toward their upcoming party conventions, the eyes of voters—and indeed, the eyes of the world—are on them. But a few groups are watching especially closely. Hackers have been spying on candidates and their campaigns, said James Clapper, the director...

Iraq Shut Down Its Internet to Prevent Sixth-Graders From Cheating

May 17, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The exam room is quiet, and you’re on a roll. You’re calculating percentages and ratios like a pro when suddenly—could it be? You forget the difference between a mean and a median. You slip your phone out of your pocket and stealthily open Google, but it won’t load. You glance...

Who Will Own Your Data If the Tech Bubble Bursts?

May 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine that Silicon Valley’s nightmare comes true: The bubble bursts. Unicorns fall to their knees. The tech giants that once fought to attract talented developers with mini-golf and craft beer scramble to put out fires. This is the setting of a cyber-doomsday scenario developed by researchers at Berkeley’s Center for...

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