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Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild is Nextgov's Web Producer. In her role, she writes about privacy, personal security and emerging tech, but also coordinates Nextgov's social media strategy. She has worked at Government Executive Media Group since 2011. Caitlin has previously written for Living Social, Washingtonian and Nellis Air Force Base. She is an alumna of The College of William & Mary.
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Newly Discovered Russian Hacking Tool Is Extra Sneaky

November 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russian hackers have a newly discovered tool in their arsenal to access your computer. It's a piece of malicious software dubbed "Cannon" by researchers at Palo Alto Networks, who wrote about the hacking tool in a blog post on Tuesday. Once the malware is on your computer, it takes screenshots...

Critics Urge FTC to Crack Down on Facebook

November 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In September, Facebook made headlines for a data breach that affected more than 30 million users. This breach has many people unhappy with the social media company. This includes Freedom From Facebook group, a coalition of organizations that includes Democracy for America, Citizens Against Monopoly, and Jewish Voters for Peace....

Beware of Black Friday Scams

November 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While many people are looking forward to grabbing deals on all kinds of goodies on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, thieves are looking forward to grabbing your money and personal information. Many security researchers have discovered that malicious online activity ramps up during this intense shopping season, CNET reports. Researchers...

Survey: Most Employees Unaware of Travel Security Threats

November 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The holiday season is soon approaching and many people are preparing to travel around the United States and internationally. They will pack laptops, tablet and smartphones—some of them work devices—so they can stay connected on their trips. A high percentage of these people, however, have no idea how to keep...

NASA Collaborated With Autodesk To Design A New Interplanetary Lander

November 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Trying to land a vehicle on the moon of distant planets is a risky endeavor. So engineers and scientists aren't too keen to experiment, and they want technology that's been proven to be solid and reliable. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided to join forces with Autodesk to explore ideas...

Postal Service's Informed Delivery Feature Could Be Helping Fraudsters

November 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Postal Service's program designed to make snail mail easier and more convenient may be exposing its customers to fraud. The USPS Informed Delivery program currently has 13 million users. These customers sign up to receive a scan of their incoming mail before it's delivered. The Secret Service issued...

Google Chrome to Start Warning Users if Sites Might Bill Them

November 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is releasing the latest version of its web browser, Chrome 71, in December. This version has an update that could save users some money by warning users when a site will try to unexpectedly charge or bill them. Mobile billing services are the most common culprit of this practice....

Facebook Increases Effort to Remove Terrorist Content

November 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are many things Facebook doesn't allow its users to post. One of the most obvious is content related to terrorism. The social media giant says it removed 3 million posts tied to terrorism in the third quarter of 2018. That seems like a lot, but it's actually down from...

DJI Vulnerability Let Hackers Spy on Drones

November 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DJI is one of the world's leading drone companies, providing tools for both consumers and corporations alike. With such a massive reach, a security flaw could be especially damaging, and researchers from Security Firm Research discovered just that, CNET reports. A hole in DJI.com's code could have allowed people to...

How Well Did Wireless Carriers Respond to Natural Disasters? The FCC Wants to Know.

November 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Numerous natural disasters have had a dramatic impact on the U.S. this year, including Hurricanes Florence and Michael. How are wireless networks coping with the aftermath and will they prepare for the next emergency? That's what the Federal Communications Commission wants to know. The FCC announced Tuesday that it is...