Cybersecurity

From NextGov: Just over a third of Americans surveyed in a new poll are very concerned about identity theft today, despite several recent large-scale data breaches. About 37 percent of respondents said they were “very concerned” about identity theft, according to a poll of about 10,000 people conducted by software company Citrix. About 35 percent said they were…

From NextGov: Senegal will soon begin using a digital currency, ushering in the use of blockchain technology by the central bank. It’s another opportunity for financial technology to help emerging markets leapfrog traditional banking systems and bring financial inclusion to more people. If the Senegal roll-out is successful, the currency will be used in most…

From NextGov: Dyn, the domain name system provider attacked Friday, has just published new detail on the incident that took down major web services like GitHub and Twitter. Dyn substantially lowered its estimate of the size of the botnet used in the attack to about 100,000 nodes, from an earlier estimate of tens of millions of infected devices. The…

From NextGov: Those born between 1977 and 1994 could soon pose a major threat to federal cybersecurity, a new survey concludes. Forcepoint, a cybersecurity firm, polled 670 respondents about their online safety habits, including public Wi-Fi use and sharing passwords. Broadly, millennials—defined by the survey as those born between 1977 and 1994—are more likely than…

From NextGov: Poor management and oversight by Interior Department technologists have resulted in tens of thousands of software weaknesses going unfixed, according to an audit released today. The department’s top technology office doesn’t require agencies to follow approved practices to detect and patch software weaknesses, doesn’t bar agencies from using unapproved software and doesn’t even…

From NextGov: A joint statement from Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community point the finger at the Russian government for authorizing the recent hacks that compromised the Democratic National Committee and other political institutions.  “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” said a statement from DHS and the Office…

From NextGov: Hackers continue to test state election systems for weaknesses, according to government officials. Cyber adversaries, possibly tied to foreign nations, attempted to access at least 20 state voter registration systems and successfully accessed four, said an ABC News report. Voter registration systems, unlike the machines voters will cast their ballot on, connect to…

From NextGov: The FBI wants to examine the mobile phones of Democratic Party officials to determine whether they have been hacked, according to reports. Reuters reported the bureau asked the suspected hack victims to image their devices—create a copy of the device and data—so investigators could search for evidence of malware. A compromised phone would allow…

From NextGov: Anyone who’s used the internet knows that when you click a link on a web page, one of two things may happen. The link may load right there in your current tab or window, or it may open in a new one. Websites that don’t want you to leave, like Facebook and Twitter,…

From NextGov: Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, counterterrorism efforts expand beyond the physical world to social media and encrypted communications, where federal workers actively try to prevent terrorists from radicalizing potential attackers online. That’s how three top senior counterterrorism officials described their sprawling challenge to a Senate committee Tuesday, where they faced questions about how they…