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Lawmakers: How Many Cyber Threat Centers Does the Government Need?

5:39 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department’s cyber threat sharing center hasn’t reached initial operating capacity yet, but a pair of senators already wonder if it’s a redundant effort. “It’s not clear that this new [HHS] cyber center is necessary or that it adds value,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said at...

Hackers Steal Info on 1M Survey Participants, Target Microsoft Operating Systems and Online Shoppers

June 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: 1M Survey Participants' Info Stolen in Washington State University Safe Theft A burglar made off with a USB drive with the sensitive information of about 1 million Washington State University survey participants, though...

Lawmakers Question Cuts to Federal Retirement Plans and Allowing Ringless Voicemails

June 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Democrats—100 of them—wrote a letter to House leadership with concerns about the proposed cuts to federal employee retirement plans that include upping contributions and eliminating cost-of-living adjustments. “We should not alter policies that families have planned their lives around, particularly when it affects current retirees with limited ability to...

Hackers Attack Al Jazeera and Find Ways into Subaru's Connected Car App

June 12, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Security Agency wasn't the only one dealing with leaks last week. Here's a roundup of cyber incidents from Nextgov's Threatwatch. Al Jazeera Media Under 'Systematic and Continual' Cyberattack Al Jazeera Media Network platforms remain operational despite “undergoing systematic and continual hacking attempts,” the company said Thursday. The network...

Lawmakers Ponder New Oversight Chairman, Russian Compounds and Texas-less SXSW

June 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Republican Steering Committee announced its choice for a new chairman of the House Oversight and Governmental Affairs Committee: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. Gowdy previously served as chairman of the House select committee on the Benghazi attacks in Libya and would replace the former chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah,...

Automated Cybersecurity: Removing Humans from the Equation

June 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What if software was secure from the get-go? The traditional approach to securing software doesn’t focus on rooting out vulnerabilities during the design phase. Instead, vendors must play a cat-and-mouse patching game with hackers who discover and exploit those vulnerabilities, while organizations and people are using their software. This creates...

Hackers Mess with Password Manager, Plastic Surgery Clinics and Burritos

June 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's never a dull week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov's list of threats and cyber incidents to know about. OneLogin Password Manager Sends Customers Long List of Fixes After Breach Password manager OneLogin acknowledged a breach of its systems, but reports say the company is downplaying how significant the incident may be...

Hackers Hide Malware and Post Fake Stories; Breach Exposes Concealed Carry Permit Holders' Info

May 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed our coverage this week in ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches: Malware Has a New Hiding Place: Subtitles Hackers could take control of a computer by hiding malware in movie titles, according to a security software firm. Checkpoint said malware could be embedded into...

Hack Back Comes Back and Online Privacy Won’t Go Away

May 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the shadow of the president's proposed budget, Congress resurrected several of its favorite issues: hacking back, online privacy rights and turning to technology to thwart terrorism. Hack Back Bill Gets a Rewrite Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., released an updated version of a controversial bill this week that would allow...

Interior Department IT Manager Admits to Credit Card Fraud

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An IT manager in the Interior Department chief information officer’s office has admitted making more than $3,500 in personal charges on her government credit card, Interior’s inspector general said Thursday. The IT manager, Tracy Hamm, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor credit card fraud in Superior Court of the District of Columbia...