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Kim Jong-un’s Operating System Now Available in the Free World

January 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A hacker has leaked an operating system called “RedStar 3.0” that North Korea has been using to free itself of the rest of the Earth’s technology, Motherboard reports. The software is publicly available on the file-sharing site Pastebin, but it won’t be easy for most consumers to load this package ...

The Year of the Breach: 10 Federal Agency Data Breaches in 2014

December 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Call 2014 the year of the breach. Financial institutions, big-box retailers, entertainment giants and, yes, government agencies all fell victim to an assortment of cyber intruders last year. While private-sector cyberincidents stole the spotlight, the feds proved to be a tempting target for hackers as well. Over the past few ...

48,000 Federal Employees Potentially Affected by Second Background Check Hack

December 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. The Office of Personnel Management is alerting more than 48,000 federal employees their personal information may have been exposed following a breach at KeyPoint Government Solutions, which conducts background investigations of federal employees seeking security clearances. The total number of employees affected is 48,439, according ...

Among Best Federal Agencies to Work, NASA Continues to Soar

December 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, NASA’s Orion capsule launched into space on a test flight that could pave the way to a mission to Mars. This week, the space agency continues to climb in the rankings of the annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.” Out of a score of 100 ...

Information Overload? Not For Most Americans

December 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite our always-on society, most Americans in fact don’t feel overwhelmed by information but instead say various technologies make them better informed and help them learn new things. Pew Research Center’s new survey, released Dec. 8, reveals that a large majority -- close to 90 percent -- of the 1,006 ...

Blogger Leaks ‘Evidence’ of China’s Propaganda Machine

December 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ant-government activist “Xiaolan” has posted online an archive of email communications from the Internet Information Office of Zhanggong District, China Digital Times reports. Xiaolan calls the leak “evidence of the work of the Fifty Cent Party,” referring to commentators paid to write online in favor of government policies. The commentators ...

Now Parking Lots Near Retailers Are Getting Hacked

December 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SP+, formerly known as Standard Parking Corp., which provides parking, maintenance and security services, says an intruder who breached its payment processing systems accessed customer data, Security Week reports. The company learned of the compromise from its payment card system provider. The provider explained an unauthorized person had used a ...

Prince George's County School Employees’ Social Security Numbers Emailed Out Erroneously

November 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A document that contained Prince George’s County Public School System employees’ personal information was emailed outside of the district to the personal addresses of certain staff, the Washington Post reports. Employees were notified of the breach on Friday evening, about a week after the incident. The wrongful recipients also have ...

Why Do So Few Feds Champion User Experience?

November 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow User experience may be gaining traction in the federal government, but a new survey reveals many still don't know exactly what it is and are reluctant to dedicate resources to it. Commonly known by its shorthand UX, user experience refers to the quality of a user's interaction with and perceptions ...

Anonymous Hacks KKK Accounts as Klan Threatens Ferguson Protesters

November 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following a week in which a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan warned of using “lethal force” against St. Louis street activists, hacktivist collective Anonymous dumped personal details of local white supremacists on the Internet, Raw Story reports. The Ferguson demonstrators are voicing disapproval of the Aug. 9 shooting of ...