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Former DOE employee pleads guilty to attempted spear-phishing

Charles Harvey Eccleston, who was fired by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2010, offered to sell a list of 5,000 email addresses of purported NRC employees to undercover FBI agents posing as representatives of a foreign government, the DOJ statement said.

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Congress watching FirstNet security, state opt-ins

The House panel in charge of FirstNet oversight did a reality check on the project, with some lawmakers concerned about security and state participation in the nationwide public safety communications network.

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Pentagon chief: 2017 budget includes $7B for cyber

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the money would be used to better train cybersecurity personnel and develop more offensive tools.

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Hacking group claims to have cracked NASA drone

The conspiracy-minded hacking group AnonSec says it infiltrated a NASA drone, but the extent of the damage is unclear, as is whether the hack even took place.

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GSA plows on towards EIS RFP deadline

Even the historic blizzard in Washington didn't delay the final deadline for vendor proposals for the General Services Administration's massive telecommunications contract.

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Study says law enforcement can make do without encryption override

Some in law enforcement want the keys to commercial encryption for investigative purposes, but a new study suggests there are other ways to capture the digital lives of criminal suspects.

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Despite progress, DOD systems still vulnerable to hacking

A new report says teams that tested the cybersecurity of DOD networks were "frequently in a position to deliver cyber effects that could degrade the performance of operational missions."

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IG wants Secret Service to modernize its radio gear

The DHS inspector general said the Secret Service's outdated radio systems could affect its ability to protect the president and other high-ranking national officials.

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Chaffetz wants more answers from Education CIO

Lawmakers are looking for details about warnings that the Education Department's systems are ripe for a devastating hack.

Commerce opens school for data

The data mammoth isn’t just dumping data onto websites anymore. A new push is aimed at teaching users how to effectively put all that information to good use.

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Carter calls on Cybercom to intensify online push against ISIS

A year and a half into the U.S. military campaign, the Islamic State group's cyber capabilities are not as menacing as some had feared.

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FTC releases online tools to cope with identity theft

The Federal Trade Commission made major renovations to its IdentityTheft.gov website, hoping to help victims recover more quickly.