DHS vs. Kaspersky Lab: Why the US government is ditching the Russian software giant

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban federal agencies and departments from using products from Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab comes as no surprise, say security experts.

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Uber says it is cooperating with DOJ in bribery probe

Uber’s controversial year continues as a preliminary investigation by the Justice Department has been launched against the ride-sharing app for possible violations of bribery laws.

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Sound weapons that deliver invisible ammo in spotlight after American diplomats injured

The alleged attack on US State Department officials in Cuba has made weapons that use sound a national conversation.

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Columbus under construction to become America's first 'smart city'

In 2016, Columbus, Ohio won the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge and received $40 million dollars to develop smart technology in their city.

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VA Gives Thumbs Up to Commercial IT Software


A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decision to pursue a new direction in processing health records has created a highly visible endorsement of the use of commercial off-the-shelf information technology by federal agencies. President Trump cited the VA’s action as an example of the administration’s commitment to vastly improve federal IT management. The VA earlier this month awarded an EHR contract to Cerner to develop an EHR system for the department. The Cerner program will replace the existing VA patient data system, known as “VistA.”

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WannaCry ransomware hits 'limited number' of U.S. companies, DHS official says

Department of Homeland Security officials told Fox News on Monday that a “limited number” of U.S. companies were hit by the “WannaCry” malicious software over the weekend.

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Labor Official Skewers Google Over Gender Pay Discrimination


The Department of Labor has found “systemic compensation disparities” between Google’s female employees and their male counterparts, regional director Janette Wipper said at a hearing in San Francisco. The hearing was in connection with the department’s lawsuit over Google’s failure to hand over detailed compensation data about employees at its California headquarters. “This investigation has revealed significant evidence of discrimination in pay against women at Google’s headquarters,” said Department of Labor spokesperson Jose Carnevali.

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Indiana inmates could receive tablets as part of bold tech program

Every inmate in the Indiana Department of Corrections (IODC) prison system may be the recipient of a tablet as part of a system-wide technology push.

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US Charges 2 Russian Intel Agents, 2 Hackers in Yahoo Case


The Justice Department has announced charges against four individuals, including two officers of Russia’s FSB, for carrying out a massive cyberbreach that affected about 500 million Yahoo account holders. A federal grand jury in Northern California charged the defendants — the FSB officials and two Russian cybercriminals — with using stolen data to gain illegal access to the accounts of Russian journalists, Russian and U.S. government officials, and private sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies.

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Zenefits Pays the Piper


The California Department of Insurance this week announced fines totaling $7 million against startup Zenefits, a provider of cloud-based human resources services. The company’s former leadership “created an anything goes culture at the Internet startup, resulting in numerous violations of licensing requirements to protect consumers,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The fines are the culmination of investigations California launched last year after receiving complaints that Zenefits employees were selling insurance without a license.

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Commerce Dept Signs Up Private Sector IT Partners


The U.S. Commerce Department recently launched a new effort to jump-start more efficient ways to manage the vast amounts of data that reside within the federal government and put it to productive use. The National Technical Information Service, a unit within the department, is leading the effort. NTIS has selected 35 joint venture partners, or JVPs, to support the program.
The department’s aims not only to improve data management by federal agencies, but also to facilitate the generation and sharing of data within the federal government.

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US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from airliners

The Transportation Department is issuing an emergency order banning passengers and flight crews from bringing Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones on airline flights in response to reports of the phones catching fire.

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Oakland police reveal a quarter of body-cam footage has been accidentally deleted

While police are scratching their heads as to why the footage was deleted, the department said it has not discovered any cases affected by the incident. The footage was a footnote in the case in which it was discovered.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/09/19/oakland-police-reveal-quarter-body-cam-footage-has-been-accidentally-deleted.html

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Defense Department Drifts Toward Commercial Cloud


The U.S. Department of Defense plans to spend nearly half a billion dollars on a project that is designed to further the incorporation of commercial cloud capabilities into DoD’s information technology operations. Vendors have been asked to submit bids for the project, known as “Mil-Cloud 2.0.” The procurement is one element of a comprehensive strategy for expanding cloud operations that DoD revealed earlier this month. The Defense Information Systems Agency is implementing the strategy.

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The Pentagon just paid cash to hackers who found 100+ bugs in its systems

The Department of Defense’s recent “Hack the Pentagon” program turned up a whopping 138 security vulnerabilities deemed “valid and unique,” officials have revealed. And yes, they’ve already been acted upon to prevent future trouble.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/20/pentagon-just-paid-cash-to-hackers-who-found-100-bugs-in-its-systems.html

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Hackers discover more than 100 vulnerabilities in Pentagon websites

High-tech hackers brought in by the Pentagon to breach Defense Department websites were able to burrow in and find 138 different security gaps, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

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Justice Department gets access to iPhone linked to Brooklyn drug case

The Justice Department said Friday it has withdrawn a request that sought a court order forcing Apple to assist in opening a locked iPhone 5s linked to a drug case in New York.

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EFF Sues DoJ Over Secret Data Decryption Requests


The EFF has filed suit against the Justice Department seeking to learn whether the federal government secretly ordered technology companies to decrypt the private communications of their customers. Such orders could place millions of customers in harm’s way, the complaint says. The suit seeks the release of records originally requested last fall under the Freedom of Information Act. The EFF asked for records on applications made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court regarding requests for technical assistance.

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Homeland Security warns Windows PC users to uninstall Quicktime

The Department of Homeland Security and a top cybersecurity firm have advised Windows PC users to uninstall Apple’s Quicktime video player immediately after two new bugs were found in the software.

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