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Blogger Leaks ‘Evidence’ of China’s Propaganda Machine

December 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ant-government activist “Xiaolan” has posted online an archive of email communications from the Internet Information Office of Zhanggong District, China Digital Times reports. Xiaolan calls the leak “evidence of the work of the Fifty Cent Party,” referring to commentators paid to write online in favor of government policies. The commentators ...

Now Parking Lots Near Retailers Are Getting Hacked

December 1, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SP+, formerly known as Standard Parking Corp., which provides parking, maintenance and security services, says an intruder who breached its payment processing systems accessed customer data, Security Week reports. The company learned of the compromise from its payment card system provider. The provider explained an unauthorized person had used a ...

Prince George's County School Employees’ Social Security Numbers Emailed Out Erroneously

November 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A document that contained Prince George’s County Public School System employees’ personal information was emailed outside of the district to the personal addresses of certain staff, the Washington Post reports. Employees were notified of the breach on Friday evening, about a week after the incident. The wrongful recipients also have ...

Why Do So Few Feds Champion User Experience?

November 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow User experience may be gaining traction in the federal government, but a new survey reveals many still don't know exactly what it is and are reluctant to dedicate resources to it. Commonly known by its shorthand UX, user experience refers to the quality of a user's interaction with and perceptions ...

Anonymous Hacks KKK Accounts as Klan Threatens Ferguson Protesters

November 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following a week in which a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan warned of using “lethal force” against St. Louis street activists, hacktivist collective Anonymous dumped personal details of local white supremacists on the Internet, Raw Story reports. The Ferguson demonstrators are voicing disapproval of the Aug. 9 shooting of ...

Widespread Drupal Bug at the Root of Indiana Government Breach

November 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Popular content management system Drupal recently concluded that users who didn’t install the company’s latest bug patch within seven hours should consider their websites susceptible to hacks of all sorts. The update was a fix for a newly identified glitch that can facilitate a “SQL injection” attack. On Nov. 3, ...

Attention, HHS: Don’t Do What Australia Did with Its Online Health Exchange

November 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apparently, the Obamacare online marketplace is not the only national government health exchange that has experienced glitches. Australia’s government-administered online health system allowed providers to see consumers’ personal health notes. A separate data breach, which occurred in May, resulted in consumers viewing other patients’ records on “myGov,” a one-stop online ...

Teacher’s Hacked Email Account Sends His Nude Photos to Students

November 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ex-boyfriend of a California high school science teacher allegedly broke into the educator’s email account and distributed indecent images of the man to hundreds of youths and local adults, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. An investigation began in July when more than 200 students, school staff and community ...

Cyber E-Book Turns Spotlight on Threat Vectors

October 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facing near-constant attacks from hackers, nation states and other adversaries, the target sign on the federal government has never been bigger than it is today. Lightning-speed advances in technology have made the effort to safeguard agency systems and data a constant battle. Agency decision-makers tasked with defending networks and systems ...

California Cops Text Nude Photos Stolen from Smartphones of Women in Custody

October 27, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A California Highway Patrol officer and fellow police for years swapped images from smartphones belonging to arrested women, along with crude digital commentary, the Contra Costa Times reports. At least one female injured in a car accident also had her phone ransacked and ogled. In an affidavit, Contra Costa district ...