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Hackers Exploit MH17 Sorrow; Redirect Online Tributes to Malware

July 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fake Facebook pages set up for victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are driving traffic to pop-up advertisements and malicious software on external sites, the Daily Mail reports. The passengers named include young Australian siblings who died with their grandfather. The pages were created the day the plane crashed. They ...

How to Approach Declining Federal IT Spending

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More efficient federal information technology systems will require fewer dollars, according to a new report from Deltek that predicts agency IT spending will fall from $101 billion to $94 billion in five years. Deltek factors in IT spending that often is left out of the overarching budget numbers, such as ...

Need to Know Memo: Finding Savings in the Cloud

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are now capable of making their information and operations available nearly anywhere that has a secure Internet connection. They're already tapping into substantial savings from cloud computing and data center consolidation. Experts say the shift could ultimately could ultimately save the government as much as $20 billion per ...

Hamas Interrupts Israeli TV with Urgent Message

July 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Channel 10 satellite broadcast was briefly hacked Monday by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, the Jerusalem Post reports. During the compromise, the second most popular commercial channel in Israel flashed images of wounded Gazans and the message: "Your government chose the time to launch this campaign. Your government will ...

IT Disruptions 3 Times More Likely at Agencies with Complex Networks

July 16, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud services, virtualization and personal computing devices are among the trends in government information technology that complicate networks and could be contributing to frequent disruptions, according to a new report. Agencies with more complex networks are three times more likely to experience disruptions than those with simplified networks, according to ...

OPM Helps Managers Visualize Personnel Data

July 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior managers now have new tools to try to boost employee engagement, the Office of Management and Budget announced today. The dashboard lets managers customize and visualize personnel data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and from OPM’s Enterprise Human Resources Integration data. Users have access to data sets specific ...

Chinese Citizen Allegedly Nicked Data on Boeing Military Cargo Plane

July 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Su Bin, owner of a Chinese aviation company, is charged with successfully hacking a Boeing system to get information on the defense contractor’s C-17 jet. The military transport has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990s. He also allegedly plotted with two unnamed Chinese individuals to burglarize the ...

Chinese-Made Inventory Scanners Allow Hackers to Track Shipments

July 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Malicious software has been found on tools at seven shipping and logistics companies across the globe that pulled the firms’ financial, customer and operational data into a Chinese botnet, MarketWatch reports. Cyber outfit TrapX first detected the malware in scanner software about six months ago while doing security testing for ...

Pro-Russian Hackers Mug Key Ukrainian Bank

July 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hacktivist group Kiberberkut, sometimes called Cyber Berkut, accessed and published customer data from a major Ukrainian commercial bank co-owned by the head of the pro-government Dnipropetrovsk region. The attackers announced July 4 the breach of PrivatBank’s systems on Vkontakte, Russia’s rendition of Facebook. “The group explained in a statement that ...

Syrian Electronic Army Spreads False Rumors of Israel Nuclear Leak

July 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pro-Assad hacktivists usurped the Israeli Army’s Twitter feed to post a potentially volatile message, on a day when scores of Gaza rockets pounded the area, the Jerusalem Post reports. A bogus tweet warned of a "Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility.” None of ...