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Federal, Policy

4 House Intel members offer election security bill

August 14, 2018

Via: FCW

A Senate proposal to secure the U.S. election system has a companion bill in the House and a prominent Republican co-sponsor. A bipartisan group of four lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee have introduced a House version of the Secure […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings

August 14, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Apple works hard to make its software secure. Beyond primary protections that prevent malware infections in the first place, company engineers also build a variety of defense-in-depth measures that are designed to lessen the damage that can happen once a […]


Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Microsoft stands up Azure Stack for government as JEDI contract looms

August 13, 2018

Via: Tech Crunch

Microsoft announced today that it’s released Azure Stack for Azure Government at a time when it’s battling rivals at Amazon and other cloud companies for the massive winner-take-all $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract known as JEDI. Azure Stack provides customers […]


Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure

A closer look at DOD’s cloudy JEDI contract

August 13, 2018

Via: FCW

On July 26, the Department of Defense released the final request for proposals for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract. Darth Vader has not yet weighed in on the JEDI proposal, but Yoda would call the protracted process […]


Mobile Security, Security

Google Is Tracking Your Location—Even Without Your Permission, Report Says

August 13, 2018

Via: Fortune

The Associated Press discovered that even after you turn off location tracking in Google apps running on Android devices and iPhones, the tech giant will still track your location. The AP asked security researchers to evaluate its findings and those […]


Operations Security, Security

It’s pretty easy to hack a smart city, cybersecurity researchers find

August 10, 2018

Via: StateScoop

It’s surprisingly easy for a hacker to take control of the environmental sensors, traffic monitors and other internet-connected devices that power smart cities. With little more than some creative search-engine queries and tricks to get through or around authentication prompts, […]


Policy, State & Local

California sees China impact, soft job growth but no sign of recession, say economists

August 10, 2018

Via: CNBC – Top News

California’s $2.7 trillion economy may face pain from the U.S.-China trade spat and show signs of slowing job growth but economists don’t see a recession in the cards. The Golden State added a mere 800 new nonfarm jobs in June […]


Federal, Policy

Tribune calls off merger, blasts Sinclair for circumventing FCC rules

August 9, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

Tribune Media Company today terminated its merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group and sued Sinclair for breach of contract. Tribune’s move to kill the merger comes three weeks after the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously against approving Sinclair’s proposed acquisition […]


Infrastructure, Networking

Vermont websites go dark briefly after ‘animal inflicted chews’ to fiber

August 9, 2018

Via: StateScoop

Vermont residents temporarily lost access to most of their state government’s websites on Wednesday during a brief outage that the state’s internet service provider attributed to damage to a segment of fiber optic cable near Essex, in the northeastern part […]


Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications

Verizon Accused of ‘Grossly Overstating’ Its 4G Coverage

August 8, 2018

Via: Fortune

A trade group representing rural cellular carriers says Verizon “grossly overstated” its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, which could prevent people in areas that are underserved from seeing improvements in service. The Rural Wireless Association (RWA), in a filing […]