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NASA’s Augmented Reality App Just Got a Makeover

August 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the second anniversary of Curiosity’s landing on the Red Planet, the space agency has revamped its app that highlights spacecraft that study the Earth and beyond. Launched in 2012, the augmented reality Spacecraft 3D app enables users to learn about and interact with various NASA spacecraft. The newly released ...

Database Goof Endangers Thousands of Mozilla Developers’ Credentials

August 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Encrypted passwords of 4,000 developers, who help the organization that built the popular Web browser Firefox, have been exposed and perhaps exploited by hackers, Ars Technica reports. The logins and roughly 76,000 email addresses were on a publicly accessible server from June 23 through much of July, according to a ...

650,000 Online Gambling Customers Worldwide Exposed to ID Theft

August 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High rollers who signed up for Irish bookmaker Paddy Power’s online services had their personal data compromised in 2010, according to a company statement. The firm detected a cyber incident that year and suspected customer information might have been exposed, but did not notify customers until days ago. Paddy Power ...

Aussie Military Yanks Luxottica Contract after Personnel Data Sent Offshore

August 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Australian Defense Force’s optometry service provider was let go last week after transmitting optical claims overseas for processing – a breach of contract, News Corp. reports. The location of the multinational company’s servers was not disclosed. Medibank Health Solutions, ADF’s medical and allied health provider, discovered the no-no in ...

Attackers Might Have Unmasked Users of Privacy Service Tor

July 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people trying to navigate to hidden websites using a network that cloaks user identities might have been detected by government-funded researchers, Reuters reports. On the nonprofit service’s blog, Tor Project leader Roger Dingledine said it was "likely" the attacking computers, which were removed July 4, were operated by two ...

Canada Research Agency Goes Offline to Contain Chinese Infection

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Canadian government’s National Research Council has turned off its computers to contain an intrusion thought to be the work of Chinese hackers, CTV News reports. The perpetrators had been trying to navigate NRC’s network for the past month. The situation could affect more than the one agency because the ...

China Has Iron Dome

July 29, 2014 Three Israel-based defense firms that architected the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, which is currently protecting Israel from rocket strikes, were robbed of huge quantities of sensitive files related to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity reports. The hackers, suspected to be based in China, also copied pages of details on U.S. missile ...

Need to Know Memo: Going Hybrid

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many agencies could be saving money by making better use of the cloud, but what about all of the data and functions that simply can't go virtual? Going hybrid - integrating commercial cloud services with in-house systems – could be the answer. Under the hybrid model, you only pay for ...

House Wants Agency CIOs to Vouch for Security of Their Websites

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal websites that collect personally identifiable information would have to be certified as secure by an agency chief information officer under legislation the House passed Monday evening. Introduced by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., the bill (H.R. 3635) would require new sites that collect Social Security numbers, dates of birth and ...

Hackers Raided Israeli Contractors That Built Iron Dome Missile Shield

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three Israel-based defense firms that architected the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system, which is currently protecting Israel from rocket strikes, were robbed of huge quantities of sensitive files related to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity reports. The hackers, suspected to be based in China, also copied pages of details on U.S. missile ...