Cybersecurity

SSA has gaps in e-authentication of identities, auditors say

The Social Security Administration is falling short on meeting requirements for authenticating identities online, says a new federal audit.

Cybersecurity

Fed CIO discourages agency web credentials

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is urging department and agency CIOs to begin accepting third-party identity credentialing for federal websites.

Cybersecurity

Panetta appoints new leader of cyber programs

Eric Rosenbach held previous roles as a national security advisor to Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and a staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Cybersecurity

VA errors compromise identity verification credentials

The VA has issued more than 157,000 personal identity verification credentials with poor controls in place, throwing the validity of every credential into doubt, IG says.

Cybersecurity

Rethinking government's biggest IT ideas

Four landmark programs that sought to remake big swaths of government IT face the test of time.

Cybersecurity

FBI deploys fingerprint system for mobile devices

Police officers have access to a new fingerprint checking system that allows them to see if someone is a nationally known 'worst' offender.

Cybersecurity

'Anonymous is not unanimous'

Statements after a second breach connected to San Francisco's transit system reveal divisions within the hacktivist group 'Anonymous.'

Cybersecurity

Spam bots may be poised to resurge

Surge in malicious spam signals rejuvenation of bot nets, security experts fear.

Cybersecurity

OMB hunts for gaps in keeping out fake products

The Obama administration's anti-counterfeit working group is looking for gaps in legal authority and regulation that may undermine how officials can check on the quality of products the government buys.

IT Modernization

Android risk of cyber crime is growing fast

Malware targeting the Android smart phone is proliferating rapidly, security firm reports.

Cybersecurity

How DHS will track down 757,000 aliens

The Homeland Security Department is collaborating with the intelligence community to prioritize investigations of more than 700,000 foreign visitors who have overstayed their visas, based on the national security threat they pose.

US-CERT director resigns

Randy Vickers, head of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, has reportedly resigned.

Cybersecurity

Energy labs recovering from cyberattacks

Labs knocked offline are recovering, investigating the cyberattacks that hit them over the weekend.

Cybersecurity

Attacks take Energy labs offline

The Pacific Northwest National Lab and the Thomas Jefferson Laboratory National Accelerator Facility shut down outside Internet access after a cyberattack.

Cybersecurity

Hacker arrested in Britain speculated to be LulzSec mastermind

LulzSec and another hacker group, Anonymous, have declared open season on government websites and threatened to cause havoc.

Hackers declare open season on government websites

Two notorious hacker groups have teamed up in an effort to attack federal sites, steal data and vandalize pages.

Cybersecurity

Don't blame e-file for identity theft, IRS says

The recent surge in identity theft tax fraud is not linked to the growing popularity of IRS'e-file system, official says.

Cybersecurity

Hackers might have skeleton key to defense contractor systems

Recent hacker attacks on Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications are linked to a data breach earlier this year at a security firm that experts fear might have given the hackers the keys they need to break into systems of other contractors.

Cybersecurity

Many US voter identities don't match SSA data

Many new voters submit personal information that doesn't match Social Security's records, agency report. What does it mean?

Cybersecurity

Connecticut to offer Real ID compliant licenses, but drivers can opt out

Connecticut will comply with Real ID, starting this fall.

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