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Hardware, Operations Security, Security, Tech

Intel, Microsoft to use GPU to scan memory for malware

April 17, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Since the news of the Meltdown and Spectre attacks earlier this year, Intel has been working to reassure the computer industry that it takes security issues very seriously and that, in spite of the Meltdown issue, the Intel platform is […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Maryland pounces on federal funding for election cybersecurity

April 17, 2018

Via: StateScoop

All nine members of U.S. Congress representing Maryland requested this month that Republican Gov. Larry Hogan bolster the state’s election security and infrastructure before the 2018 midterms. Gov. Hogan agreed. In a letter to the governor, lawmakers wrote, “With the […]


Federal, Hardware, Policy, Tech

U.S. companies banned from selling components to ZTE

April 16, 2018

Via: Tech Crunch

This time last year, Chinese electronics giant ZTE pled guilty to violating sanctions on Iran and North Korea. This morning, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a seven-year export restriction for the company, resulting in a ban on U.S. component […]


Federal, Policy

DHS seeks growth in cyber budget

April 16, 2018

Via: FCW

Cybersecurity threats “keep me up at night,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at an April 11 appropriations hearing. “It changes quickly. It’s prolific. It’s non-stop and it’s from many, many, many sectors.” DHS is seeking more than $644 million […]


Federal, Policy

Scott Pruitt has “at least four” official email addresses, senators say

April 13, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Two Democratic senators have written a formal letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog, asking a basic question: how many email accounts does Administrator Scott Pruitt have? “Our offices have received information indicating that the Administrator uses three different […]


Policy, State & Local

Most jurisdictions satisfied with voting machines, GAO finds

April 13, 2018

Via: FCW

Most local election jurisdictions are pretty happy with the performance of their voting machines and equipment. According to an April 11 report from the General Accountability Office, 32 percent of voters voted in jurisdictions that relied on direct recording electronic […]


Federal, Policy

Facebook data transfers to be examined by EU court, Irish judge rules

April 12, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

The Irish High Court has formally asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to figure out whether it’s legal under European law for Facebook to routinely transfer user data to the United States. The referral to the […]


Mobile Security, Security

Firefox updates its iOS web browser to turn Tracking Protection on by default

April 12, 2018

Via: Tech Crunch

At a time when web users are becoming more concerned about their online privacy and personal data, Mozilla today is launching a new version of its Firefox for iOS web browser that includes Tracking Protection turned on by default. That […]


Federal, Policy

IRS chief may be overselling tax IT modernization

April 12, 2018

Via: FCW

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told lawmakers during an April 11 House Appropriations committee hearing that the agency has made significant improvements around a key IT modernization initiative. “The core processing system for filing and processing tax returns has been […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Thousands of hacked websites are infecting visitors with malware

April 11, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Thousands of hacked websites have become unwitting participants in an advanced scheme that uses fake update notifications to install banking malware and remote access trojans on visitors’ computers, a computer researcher said Tuesday. The campaign, which has been running for […]