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To hack ISIS, Pentagon learns from 2007 surge in Iraq

There is a precedent to U.S. Cyber Command’s hacking of Islamic State, but it took place nearly 10 years ago, and technologies have rapidly evolved since.

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IRS crowdsources the future look for tax accounts online

After its first-ever crowdsourcing push, the IRS came away with four winning designs to guide its future taxpayer dashboard work.

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CBP tests facial recognition tech at major U.S. airport

Customs and Border Protection takes another step towards a biometric exit system for air travelers.

North Korean hackers steal F-15 design

The alleged cyberattack on South Korean firms is the latest in a series of bold cyber maneuvers linked to North Korea.

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Defense Digital Service looks to overhaul travel system

The Pentagon's digital "SWAT" team has a new mission: overhaul the much-maligned system that Defense Department officials use to book travel.

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Email privacy update stalls in Senate

A move to update a 1986 law covering law enforcement access to email is frozen in the Senate over a security amendment dubbed a "poison pill" by the bill's sponsor.

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Computer buying events look to leverage government scale

OMB is planning deals on laptops and desktops via its strategic sourcing program.

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For feds, the real-life perils of social media

The State Department trains its workers to avoid social media fails that could potentially be fatal.

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Survey: 'Oversight doesn't love innovation'

A recent survey by Grant Thornton and the Professional Services Council reveals reservations about the potential for innovation in the federal acquisition process

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U.S. poised to offload control of critical internet function

The U.S. is ready to accept a proposal to transfer control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, but the plan faces opposition in Congress.

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Ransomware epidemic prompting firms to rethink information sharing

The surge in ransomware attacks could have the unintended effect of getting reticent companies to share cyber threat indicators with government.

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U.S.-EU data deal won't end cross-border data uncertainty

A final endorsement from the European Commission is likely this summer, but despite American clarifications, Europeans are likely to keep challenging U.S. data practices.