Hacking from Jail Can Get You More Prison Time

An inmate formerly of the Plymouth County Correctional Facility has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking prison computers while incarcerated in 2006. The inmate was able to gain sensitive personal data on more than 1,000 prison employees by circumventing the control system on the computer and sending …

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Hackers Look to Fight Back

Hackers have released software they claim can destroy the cyber-forensic tools used by many law enforcement agencies throughout the world. The forensic tool, known as Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor, is given to police agencies for free who use the series of tools to collect information from Windows-based operating systems. …

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Either health care bill will mean big IT changes

As reaction to the Senate’s health care bill reverberates, we have yet to fully understand how any final legislation will affect individuals, institutions and, very notably, state governments. Leaders in the House and Senate have said that they will have a final bill for the President to sign by the …

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Navy CIO Robert Carey Weighs In on Cybersecurity Metrics

As individuals and organizations become more conscientious about cybersecurity, the question arises of how to measure the effectiveness of cybersecurity programs and departments. Beyond the obvious metric of “no breach has occurred,” what are some other ways to measure the realm of cybersecurity? In his blog, Robert Carey, the Navy’s …

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Cyber Coordinator Named (Finally)

After nearly seven months of waiting, the White House has finally named Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator. According to the White House, Schmidt will serve as a member of the president’s national security staff with regular access to the president and will also serve on the president’s economic council. In …

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Russian Criminals Hack Citibank

According to recent press reports, US law enforcement officials are presently investigating the theft of tens of millions of dollars from Citibank by hackers using Russian software. The attack appeared to emanate from IP addresses linked to the Russian Business Network, a group of well known cyber criminals. The Russian …

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Exclusive Interview with Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO

We sat down with Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO, just a few days after the launch of the Open Government Directive on December 8th, 2009. He was recently named the Chief of the Year by InformationWeek and has been an instrumental role in the U.S government’s IT operations in the past …

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Howard Schmidt named Cyber Coordinator

The White House has named Howard Schmidt to the position of cybersecurity coordinator. In this role, Schmidt will serve on the president’s economic council and National Security staff with direct access to the president. He will look to coordinate a national approach to cyber security issues. Schmidt was previously the …

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OMB contracting cuts: Answer to government waste?

Norm Augustine once said that a bureaucracy’s idea of moving out is to hit the ground sitting. Not this time. In what OMB Deputy Director of Management Jeff Zients is calling a “very fast start,” federal agencies are nearly halfway through reaching a two-year goal set by President Obama back …

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Five Myths About Cybersecurity

The Internet is the global communications and information infrastructure that provides the medium for communication and computation that facilitates the provisioning of numerous applications and infrastructure services, including e-mail, on-line banking, data storage, and quantum computing power.  It brings with it promises of economic development and prosperity, scientific discovery, increased …

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What is a Google Knol?

Google is moving towards providing a challenge to the Wikipedia model, with user generated and edited content. Called Knol, the collaborative effort provides some added attractions not featured in the standard ‘Wikipedia’ model. Knol (nōl) is a ‘unit of knowledge’ according to the slogan on the website. It is designed …

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Stolen Laptop Contained Data on Military Family Members

The U.S. Army has confirmed a laptop stolen from an employee of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command over Thanksgiving weekend contained the personal data of around 42,000 military family members. The command became aware of the breach Dec. 1 and has been investigating to ascertain the extent …

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Eclat’s Greg Baroni: Deltek’s mySBX acquisition signals probable industry resurgence

It’s been called the Match.com of the government contracting community. Recently, mySBX, a Reston, Va.-based online community that allows government contractors to find qualified partners and land new opportunities, was acquired by Deltek. The latter company is a provider of enterprise applications software and solutions for government and commercial businesses. …

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City in India Launches Cyber Crime Police Station

The city of Kolkata, India, has launched a police station that will be solely devoted to handling cyber crime issues, according to an article in the Indian Express. The police launched a website, http://kolkatapolice-cybercampaign.net, which serves as an educational platform along with serving as a complaint receipt system and query …

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