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UK Prisons Issued Encrypted Drives to Stop Leaks But Had No Luck

August 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Ministry of Justice was fined about $300,000 for losing a device with prison records, after not realizing one must turn on disk encryption for it to function, the Financial Times reports. This was a repeat offense for the department, following a similar case in October 2011, when an unencrypted ...

Hacktivists Swipe Ferguson Officers’ Personal Data

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s not clear how much information was compromised, but the breach of officers' computers is one reason why police responding to the upheaval in Ferguson aren’t displaying their names on uniforms, CNN reports. The FBI is investigating. Read the rest at ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches. And ...

Report: Todd Park to Step Down as Federal CTO

August 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The second-ever federal chief technology officer, Todd Park, plans to resign from his position by the end of the year but will stay with the federal government in a California-based role with recruiting responsibilities, Fortune reported today. Park plans to relocate to Silicon Valley where his work will include recruiting ...

UPS Discloses Breach at 51 Stores

August 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow UPS came forward relatively quickly about a payment system hack that was discovered after the retailer received a sectorwide, government-issued alert about a specific form of antivirus-proof infection. UPS proactively hired a cybersecurity firm to inspect all store systems “upon receiving the bulletin,” company officials said in a statement. The ...

Pro-Palestinian Hackers Deface Delaware State Treasury Site

August 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hacktivists going by the moniker “SaLeM” graffitied an official website of thestate of Delaware with pro-Palestinian messages, Dover Post reports. One note read in part: Hacking sites will not STOP!!! Unless Gaza is Free. “There are some weaknesses in the website that allowed [the hackers] to post that anti-Israel message ...

Pakistan Railway Site Breached by Indian Hacktivists

August 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On India’s Independence Day, hacker activists loyal to the country breached the official website of state-owned Pakistan Railways, reports The International News, a Pakistani newspaper. Hacktivists, calling themselves “Black Dragon Indian Hacker Online Squad,” vandalized the transportation site to even the score, after Pakistanis allegedly infiltrated Indian sites. “Hello citizens ...

Keeping Pace With Big Data: Livestream

August 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For many agencies, data comes in a lot faster than analysis. Agencies need answers fast, and subpar, slow analytics can negatively affect an agency’s ability to perform its mission. Some agencies have turned to real-time analytics to keep pace with their data, rapidly decreasing the time it takes for them ...

How Government Is Embracing Innovation: Livestream

August 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nextgov will sit down with technology innovators in government and hear their insights and experiences on new possibilities in governance with technology, managing a cutting-edge workforce, and making sure your team has the right tools for the job. Watch this live digital event on August 21st to learn about: Opening ...

Australian Official’s Cellphone Tapped during Fight over Access to MH17 Zone

August 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An unidentified nation compromised Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop’s mobile device while she was overseas negotiating to get her country’s police into the MH17 crash area, the Herald Sun reports. It is believed that Australian intelligence agents know from where the hack originated. Bishop was on a two-week trip ...

Hello, 911? I Stole a Phone and the Victim is Running After Me

August 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When a 20-year-old woman called police to complain about a man following her, cops arrived to find her, a mauled man, a phone-shaped lump on the woman and crack, Komo News reports. The woman told authorities the man woke her up while she was taking a nap on a bus, ...