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Hackers Spy on Hotel Guests and Target North Korean Organizations

August 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to ThreatWatch, Nextgov's weekly roundup of cyber incidents around the globe. Russia-linked Fancy Bear Tied to Hotel Spying A security firm linked a recent wave of hacked hotel Wi-Fi networks to one of the groups suspected of breaching the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election, according to...

UCLA Notifies 32,000 Students of Cyberattack

August 7, 2017 This was originally published as part of ThreatWatch, part of our sibling publication Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. The University of California, Los Angeles recently reported a cyberattack on a server that contained the personal information of about 32,000 students. The university detected unauthorized access to a Summer...

How Could a Bill to Stop Sex Trafficking Be Controversial?

August 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation to stop online sex trafficking but some tech and digital rights companies say it could open the door for frivolous lawsuits. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act is “narrowly crafted” to ensure websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking can be held liable, according...

Hackers Spy on Mac Users, Get Italian Bank Info and Swedish State Secrets

July 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This week breaches range from the very personal to all of a country's vehicle owners. It's just another week in Nextgov's ThreatWatch, a regularly updated index of cyber incidents. Security Researcher Finds Mac Malware Spying on Home Computers If you’ve heard the phrase “there aren’t viruses for Macs,” think again....

A Fake Cyber Stat Lives On in Congress

July 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An erroneous cybersecurity statistic that wormed its way into bills and congressional testimony hasn’t been snuffed out—even though the organization the stat’s attributed to has disavowed it. House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, cited the phony stat—that 60 percent of small businesses hit with cyberattacks go out of...

Hackers Can Take Over iPhones, Steal Cryptocurrency Funding and Find Dow Jones Data

July 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Apple Update Addresses Wi-Fi Security Flaw Apple’s recent software update addresses several security issues, including one that allowed a remote attacker to take over a device searching for a Wi-Fi connection. The Wi-Fi...

The Tech of Homeland Security

July 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has been in the spotlight this year as President Donald Trump promotes plans to secure the nation's borders against people crossing illegally with some very old school tech: a wall. But DHS has long hosted some of the federal government's most innovative technology experiments, which Nextgov...

Cuts Proposed for Key Cybersecurity Agency

July 17, 2017 Friday’s big news on the Hill was House passage of Congress’s major annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, which was chock full of tech and cyber provisions. The House bill included a 16 percent funding hike for U.S. Cyber Command and mandated a new Pentagon and State...

Hackers Take Aim at Trump Hotels and Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos

July 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: 14 Trump Hotels Caught Up in Reservation Systems Breach Hackers may have stolen customer payment information from multiple Trump Hotel locations, including D.C. The breach occurred in a third-party reservation-booking system provided by...

House Boosts CYBERCOM Budget But Cuts NIST Funds

July 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Friday’s big news on the Hill was House passage of Congress’s major annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, which was chock full of tech and cyber provisions. The House bill included a 16 percent funding hike for U.S. Cyber Command and mandated a new Pentagon and State...