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Hackers say they took down CIA site

February 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hackers said they took down the CIA website on Friday, Mashable reported. Mashable said the hacker's group Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking down the site, which did seem to be out of order. "CIA TANGO DOWN: cia.gov," reads a tweet from an Anonymous-affiliated account. The group is only loosely affiliated...

Report: Military realignment to emphasize drones and special forces

January 26, 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will outline on Thursday elements of the Pentagon's $525 billion fiscal 2013 budget, including a plan to "expand its global network of drones and special-operations bases" even as it cuts back on conventional forces, The Wall Street Journal reports. The proposed budget will include the first...

Hackers claim responsibility for (temporarily) felling CBS.com, after attacking Justice site

January 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of hackers temporarily wiped clean CBS.com, in what seemed to be further retaliation for the government shutdown last week of file-sharing site Megaupload.com. Several Twitter accounts linked to Anonymous, a loosely organized collective of hackers, posted messages claiming responsibility for the hack, some of them mentioning "#OpMegaUpload," shorthand...

FCC names new senior staffers

January 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the staff changes Thursday in a release.Danny Johnston, AP file photo Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski named Zachary Katz as chief of staff on Thursday, to succeed Eddie Lazarus who leaves at the end of January. Genachowski also named a new chief...

Hacker group Anonymous hits security firm

December 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The hacker's group Anonymous has admitted that it raided the computers of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor and stole thousands of credit-card numbers and other personal information from its clients, AP reports. Clients confirmed the attack, saying they had already noticed unauthorized transactions on their credit cards, including to charities....

White House considered cyberattacks against Libya

October 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In preparation for the U.S.-led military strikes against Libya earlier this year, a small circle of presidential advisers discussed - and eventually rejected - using a cyberattack to disrupt and even disable the Libyan government's air defenses, The New York Times reports. The discussions were tabled, however, when administration and...

Tom Ridge: Congress has 'failed' first responders

August 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The nation's first Homeland Security secretary says that lawmakers have "failed" first responders in the years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by not moving forward on policy that would facilitate communication during an emergency. Tom Ridge, in an interview with AOL Government published on Friday, said that Congress's...

Walden gives FCC a mixed grade

August 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, gives the FCC a top grade on its broadband report released Tuesday. "The process leading to the FCC's report on 'Measuring Broadband America' was exemplary. The Commission selected a commercial vendor through open, competitive bids; used a transparent...

NSA nominee: Patriot Act may allow cell phone tracking

July 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Patriot Act may have given the federal government powers to use cell phone data to track Americans inside the United States, the general counsel for the National Security Agency said on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal quotes Matthew Olsen, who has been nominated to lead the National Counterterrorism Center,...

Pentagon worries about space industry with end of shuttle program

July 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the space-shuttle era draws to a close and budget pressures threaten to constrain spending, a senior Defense Department official said on Tuesday that the government needs to take steps to protect the aerospace industrial base and to preserve the United States' technological edge in space. The Defense Department has...

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