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We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

The US Department of Defense's "do not buy" list of foreign software and equipment turns out to be about as long as the list of bug-free Windows releases or privacy-focused Facebook apps. In other words, it doesn't exist. According to news reports in July, there is such a list, and the Pentagon has been adding to it in an …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2018
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CISA's Palace: Congress backs new cybersecurity nerve-center for cyber-America's cyber-future

The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would create a new agency to lead the federal government's cybersecurity efforts. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Act, passed earlier this year by the Senate, would overhaul the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2018

Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for

Oracle's bid to halt the Pentagon's JEDI $10bn winner-takes-all cloud IT contract has been turned down. Uncle Sam's Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a statement on Wednesday explaining that it would not be taking up Oracle's appeal of the US Department of Defense's stipulation that the entire JEDI technology …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2018
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Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!

More than three years after suffering one of the largest cyber-attacks in US government history, the Office of Personnel Management has yet to adopt dozens of the security measures investigators ordered – including basic stuff like changing passwords. A report issued this week by Government Accountability Office (GAO) …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2018

Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

The Pakistan Air Force is the apparent target of a complex new state-sponsored attack campaign. Security house Cylance said this week a state-sponsored group – dubbed the White Company by researchers – has been looking to get into the networks of the Pakistani military in a long-term targeted attack campaign known as Operation …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2018
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Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

A 43-year-old fella has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for attempted murder – after sending a bomb to a British cryptocoin firm over its failure to reset his account password. According to London's Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, Jermu Michael Salonen, a resident of Gullspång, Sweden, sent a …
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Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

Any sort of lasting security standard in IoT devices may only happen if governments start doling out stiff penalties. So said author and computer security guru Bruce Schneier, who argued during a panel discussion at the Aspen Cyber Summit this week that without regulation, there is little hope the companies hooking their …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Nov 2018
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Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

The EU is readying an AI-based screening system designed to catch travelers who lie about their reasons for visiting the Continent. The European Commission has thrown more than €4.5m (£4m, $5.1m) into iBorderCtrl, a self-described "intelligent control system" that analyzes answers given by travelers to a series of questions at …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Nov 2018
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Bird, Lime, and Xiaomi face scooter sueball

Scooter providers Bird and Lime, and scooter makers Segway and Xiaomi, face a lawsuit in Los Angeles, Calif., claiming that the two-wheeled tech toys are poorly manufactured and maintained. The complaint, which aspires to be certified as a class action, was filed earlier this month in a Los Angeles Superior Court by McGee, …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2018
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D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce

The Canadian government this week will be enforcing a strict new privacy law, with the term "enforcing" up to interpretation because the regulator says he can't enforce it. America's hat says the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act will be going into effect with the new data breach reporting rules on …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2018

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

Interview The new Cabinet secretary and head of the British civil service, Mark Sedwill, has a chance to rethink how the UK government does IT. And this means deciding what to do with GDS, the Government Digital Service. Although the kids-in-jeans-in-Whitehall era is now a distant memory, GDS remains, in name at least, the go-to expert …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2018
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Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

Analysis At a European conference for privacy watchdogs on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook praised EU data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli for defending privacy and warned that technology, for all its utility, can do harm rather than good. "Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Oct 2018
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US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

A pair of US congressmen are calling for an investigation into the Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor IT contract dubbed JEDI – aka the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure. House Reps Tom Cole (R-OK) and Steve Womack (R-AR) have sent a letter asking the inspector general of the Department of Defense (DOD) to probe and report …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2018
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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers. According to anonymous sources at the Pentagon in Washington DC, an unnamed individual was able to access department travel records earlier this year, and would have been able to log employees' submitted personal …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2018

Want some of that sweet government contract money? Obama's CIO gives tips to land deals with Uncle Sam

The former CIO of the US federal government says companies looking to nab IT contracts with agencies need to bring more than just a sales pitch. Tony Scott, who worked as Uncle Sam's CIO from 2015 to 2017, says that the key to getting any agency contract these days is to not only explain why your company is best for the job, …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Oct 2018
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Facebook monetizes 2FA, Singapore monetizes hacker, and ransomware creeps monetize US Democrats

Roundup One or two things happened this week on the security front, like the elimination of the White House cyber czar, the massive leak of code from Aeroflot , and the debut of UEFI rootkits. A few other stories may have slipped your radar this week. Such as: The (other) Facebook privacy fsck up When they weren't losing tens of …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2018

DEF CON hackers' dossier on US voting machine security is just as grim as feared

Hackers probing America's electronic voting systems have painted an astonishing picture of the state of US election security, less than six weeks before the November midterms. The full 50-page report [PDF], released Thursday during a presentation in Washington DC, was put together by the organizers of the DEF CON hacking …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2018
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Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious

The Port of San Diego in California has shipping in outside help to deal with a crippling ransomware infection that is now in its third day. Port CEO Randa Coniglio said on Thursday that a number of services, including park permits, public records requests, and business document filings, have been hit by file-scrambling …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Sep 2018

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