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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Two Charged With Jackpotting Theft

February 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Justice Department on Monday announced it had charged two individuals, Alex Alberto Fajin-Diaz of Spain, and Argenys Rodriguez of Springfield, Massachusetts, with bank fraud for their alleged jackpotting scheme. Jackpotting is a scheme where the perpetrators hack into an ATM and force it to quickly spit out thousands in...

Popular Browser Extension Grammarly Patches Major Bug

February 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you use Grammarly, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The copyediting extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox had its more than 20 million users at risk, up until a few days ago. Grammarly had a bug that allowed any website you visit to have access to your...

Students Around the World Prepare to Celebrate Safer Internet Day

February 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kids often take to the internet and social media like a fish to water. But while the fun parts of the online experience like chatting with friends and taking selfies can be easy to navigate, kids often need guidance when it comes to the murkier depths, like personal security. That's...

UNICEF Recruits Gamers To Mine Cryptocurrency for Syria

February 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Can playing video games help raise money for charity? UNICEF thinks so. The charity organization launched a new initiative Friday called Game Chaingers, reports Engadget. The project raises money for children in war-torn Syria by mining the cryptocurrency Ethereum using the processing power of PCs. UNICEF is inviting gamers, eSports...

How to Stay Cyber Secure at the Winter Olympics

February 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Winter Olympics are being held this year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and many travelers will flock there to see the spectacle, snow and sports. It's a high-profile event and could potentially be the target of attacks, including cyberattacks. While a large-scale cyberattack requires its own preparations and defenses, the...

Google Using AI to Predict Flight Delays

January 31, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Having a flight delayed is never a good thing, but it can be made worse if the alerts about the status of your flight aren't timely. Google is hoping to solve this. The tech company announced today that it is updating its Flights tool to provide delay explanations as well...

Pentagon to Examine Fitness Trackers Post-Strava

January 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Fitness trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone and other smartphone fitness apps have become increasingly popular for people looking to keep up an active lifestyle. As it turns out, many of those people are in the U.S. military. These wearable devices and the smartphone apps they're connected to collect a massive amount...

Watch Out For ATM 'Jackpotting' Hack

January 29, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jackpot! A form of hacking that forces ATMs to spit out thousands of dollars in cash has reached the United States, reports Krebs On Security. This type of hack, called "jackpotting," has previously caused chaos in Mexico, Europe and Asia, and the U.S Secret Service has been quietly warning financial...

Microsoft Tool Builds Apps Out of Just Sketches

January 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to develop an app but you don't have the coding skills? There might be some help for you. Microsoft is developing a tool that will take your rough notes and sketches on paper and turn them into a digital prototype, no coding required, Engadget reports. It's called "Ink to...

NASA Testing Foldable Wings for Supersonic Aircraft

January 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's a supersonic unmanned aerial vehicle with foldable wings! NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center recently conducted tests for their Spanwise Adaptive Wing project. The craft in question was a subscale UAV called Prototype Technology-Evaluation Research Aircraft, or PTERA, and it was outfitted...