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Government CIOs Say They Lack Resources to Manage Their IT

September 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sixty-two percent of government chief information officers don’t have what they need to manage the information technology under their control, according to a recent survey, and nearly a third of respondents said they aren’t dealing with adequate IT infrastructure anyway. “Despite recent increases in their budgets, government CIOs remain challenged ...

App Exposed Flight Data of Japan’s Air Force One for Years

September 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Swedish-made mobile app for years inadvertently leaked the flight path of Japan’s government aircraft to aviation fans, The Yomiuri Shimbun reports. Japan’s Defense Ministry asked the developer of “Flightradar 24” to bottle the sensitive information after the lapse was pointed out by the newspaper The app, Flightradar 24, became ...

Yes, HealthCare.gov Was Hacked -- But Here's Why It May Not Be That Big of a Deal

September 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A cyber intruder this summer was able to install malicious software on the Obamacare online marketplace, but there is no indication consumers personal data was breached or even targeted, the Wall Street Journal reports. The perpetrator appears to have compromised a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The hack ...

Stats Say Home Depot Hackers Likely Looted Nearly All 2,200 US Stores

September 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Criminal activity suggesting a major retailer has been breached first surfaced earlier this week, when cybercrime store rescator.cc listed a number of stolen credit and debit cards whose legitimate owners had all shopped at Home Depot. Now KrebsOnSecurity has cross-checked all of the unique ZIP codes in the card data ...

Next CTO Reportedly Waiting for Security Clearance

September 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House has chosen Google executive Megan Smith as the next federal chief technology officer and expects to make the announcement when security vetting is complete, Fortune reported, citing unnamed sources. Fortune's Dan Primack accurately broke the news of Todd Park’s imminent departure from the job a week before ...

Hackers Conceal Spyware in Industrial Software Firm’s Site to Probe Visitors

September 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Unlike most so-called drive-by attacks on websites, which infect visitors’ computers with malware, a strike on a software provider’s website involved a tool that takes detailed notes about visitors’ machines, Computerworld reports. The unnamed website is “related to software used for simulation and system engineering in a wide range of ...

Russian Government Might Be Behind New JPMorgan Hack

August 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Suspected government-backed hackers penetrated systems at JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank during incidents the FBI is investigating as a Russian response to U.S.-sponsored sanctions, Bloomberg reports. The episodes occurred in mid-August. In one case, attackers abused a previously undetected software flaw, known as a "zero day" vulnerability, ...

UK Prisons Issued Encrypted Drives to Stop Leaks But Had No Luck

August 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Ministry of Justice was fined about $300,000 for losing a device with prison records, after not realizing one must turn on disk encryption for it to function, the Financial Times reports. This was a repeat offense for the department, following a similar case in October 2011, when an unencrypted ...

Hacktivists Swipe Ferguson Officers’ Personal Data

August 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s not clear how much information was compromised, but the breach of officers' computers is one reason why police responding to the upheaval in Ferguson aren’t displaying their names on uniforms, CNN reports. The FBI is investigating. Read the rest at ThreatWatch, Nextgov’s regularly updated index of cyber breaches. And ...

Report: Todd Park to Step Down as Federal CTO

August 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The second-ever federal chief technology officer, Todd Park, plans to resign from his position by the end of the year but will stay with the federal government in a California-based role with recruiting responsibilities, Fortune reported today. Park plans to relocate to Silicon Valley where his work will include recruiting ...