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Hackers Scam Payment Info from Whole Foods, Sonic Drive-Ins

October 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you were paying attention to the Deloitte breach, here's what else happened in Threatwatch, Nextgov's index of cyber incidents. Whole Foods Looks into Payment Breach at Restaurants, Taprooms The grocery chain Whole Foods acknowledged Thursday it’s investigating how payment cards used at some of its restaurants and taprooms may...

Congress Takes Up FITARA, Healthcare.gov Outages and Has a Lot of Equifax Questions

September 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies that have so far avoided making plans to optimize their data centers might not be able to wait out the expiring mandate. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and co-sponsors Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced the FITARA Enhancement Act this week. The bill aims...

Pirate Website Uses Visitors Browers to Mine Virtual Coins and Servers Leak Memory

September 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Equifax fallout dominated the week, including another push by U.S. lawmakers to create a nationwide data breach standard, and then there was the anti-virus software that had embedded malware. But there’s always more in Threatwatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber events. Here’s what else you may have missed: Pirate...

Congress Tackles Data Breaches, Russian Meddling and IT Modernization

September 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Modernizing Government Technology Act received new life last week with its inclusion in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act, but the IT modernization legislation isn’t a done deal yet. Meanwhile, Congress will take a hard look at cybersecurity policies at two agencies this week: the State Department, which plans...

Hackers Can Get Into Your Device Via Bluetooth and That Other Equifax Breach

September 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. The Federal Trade Commission acknowledged it would investigate the Equifax data breach of 143 million U.S. consumers, but here's what else went on last week: Bluetooth Bug Leaves Windows, Linux, Android Devices Vulnerable Security researchers created an attack that can...

NDAA Heads to Floor and Kaspersky Heads to Washington

September 15, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Congress got cracking this week, with the House passing eight of the 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the government and the Senate’s final vote on the defense authorization bill expected Monday. The National Defense Authorization Act, which funds the Defense Department and military services, has more than 100 amendments...

Lenovo Settles Over Adware, Contractor Exposes Vets' Resumes, and Hackers Sell Big-Time Instagrammers' Info

September 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In case you missed what happened last week besides the Equifax breach, here's a roundup from Threatwatch, Nextgov's regularly updated index of cyber incidents. Lenovo Settles with FTC over Security-Disabling Adware Chinese technology company Lenovo settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission and 32 states over preinstalled adware that...

Congress Wants Answers About the Equifax Breach

September 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cyber-focused lawmakers moved swiftly Thursday and Friday to respond to an enormous data breach at the credit rating agency Equifax, which could affect up to 143 million people, or about 44 percent of the U.S. population. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., asked the House Judiciary Committee to call a hearing where...

Adopting Agile

September 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Change is hard, especially for an organization as large as the federal government. But some agencies are turning away from the way government knows to buy technology—through traditional waterfall development—to an iterative, incremental agile methodology. The private sector has been honing agile techniques for years, but the method is still...

Hackers Can Get into Pacemakers, Leak 700M Emails and Spoof the Taxman

September 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There's never a dull moment in cyberspace. Here's a roundup of what happened last week in Nextgov's Threatwatch, our regularly updated index of cyber incidents. FDA Warnes Nearly a half Million Pacemakers Need Security Updates The Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned about 465,000 pacemaker patients their medical devices...