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Federal, Policy

The DOJ sues Google for ad dominance, wants to break company up

January 25, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

It has been expected for some time, but today the Justice Department and eight states are suing Google over its purported domination of the online advertising market. The government has a problem with Google’s position in “ad tech,” or the […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

Local governments still have questions as cyber grants inch forward

January 23, 2023

Via: StateScoop

The federal government’s new cybersecurity grant program continues to loom large for state and local technology officials, with several more mileposts to go before the money starts flowing, government IT experts said last week. Speaking during a biannual online briefing […]


Cybersecurity

T-Mobile suffers 8th data breach in less than 5 years

January 20, 2023

Via: CSO Online

Telecom player T-Mobile US has suffered a cybersecurity incident that resulted in the exposure of personal details of 37 million users, the company reported in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Customer data such as […]


Cybersecurity

Chinese hackers targeted Iranian government entities for months: Report

January 19, 2023

Via: CSO Online

Chinese advanced persistent threat actor, Playful Taurus, targeted several Iranian government entities between July and December 2022, according to a Palo Alto Networks report. The Chinese threat actor also known as APT15, KeChang, NICKEL, BackdoorDiplomacy, and Vixen Panda, was observed […]


Cybersecurity

University of Florida Strongly Discourages Use of Tik Tok

January 13, 2023

Via: JD Supra

In an email sent on January 12, 2023, the University of Florida’s Vice President and CIO, Elias G. Eldayrie, states: “Prominent experts continue highlighting TikTok as a national security concern, pointing to the possibility that foreign governments may use TikTok […]


Federal, Hardware & Software, Policy, Tech

Biden taking “absolutely wrong approach” to crack down on Big Tech, critics say

January 12, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

As president, Joe Biden has made it clear that he wants to lead the charge to change how Big Tech operates in the US. In a rare op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Biden heavily criticized tech companies while outlining […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

NASA spent $35 million on ‘wasteful’ software licenses and fees, report says

January 12, 2023

Via: FCW

NASA’s software asset management practices have left the agency exposed to cybersecurity risks and other major operational and financial concerns, according to a new inspector general’s report. The IG report, published on Thursday, said NASA lacks an enterprise-wide software asset […]


Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity spending and economic headwinds in 2023

January 12, 2023

Via: CSO Online

Now that everyone, their brother, sister, and dog have chimed in on cybersecurity predictions for 2023, here are a few observations based on some recent ESG research. First the numbers: 53% of organizations will increase IT spending in 2023, 30% […]


Cybersecurity

A fifth of passwords used by federal agency cracked in security audit

January 11, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

More than a fifth of the passwords protecting network accounts at the US Department of the Interior—including Password1234, Password1234!, and ChangeItN0w!—were weak enough to be cracked using standard methods, a recently published security audit of the agency found. The audit […]


Networking & Wireless, Tech

FAA giving airlines another year to fix altimeters that can’t handle 5G signals

January 10, 2023

Via: ArsTechnica

The Federal Aviation Administration will give airlines another year to fix or replace airplane altimeters that can’t filter out cellular transmissions from outside their allotted frequencies. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released today, the FAA proposed a deadline […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

Belarus law grants government ability to pirate western multimedia, including software until 2025

January 9, 2023

Via: TechSpot

The law passed the Belarus House of Representatives on December 20, 2022, and the Council of the Republic the following day. “President” Alexander Lukashenko signed the legislation into law last week, and it goes into effect this week. The legislation […]


Cybersecurity

14 UK schools suffer cyberattack, highly confidential documents leaked

January 6, 2023

Via: CSO Online

More than a dozen schools in the UK have suffered a cyberattack which has led to highly confidential documents being leaked online by cybercriminals. That’s according to a report from the BBC which claimed that children’s SEN information, child passport […]


Cybersecurity

Meta hit with $413 million fine in EU for breaking GDPR rules

January 4, 2023

Via: CSO Online

The Irish Data Protection Commission announced Wednesday that it would fine Meta Ireland a total of $413 million for breaches of the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) related to the company’s handling of personal information on Facebook and Instagram. […]


Emerging Tech & Modernization, IT Policy, Tech

What’s the state of AI accountability in government?

January 4, 2023

Via: FCW

Government agencies don’t have a “precise definition” of artificial intelligence accountability in federal guidance, according to a new report from the non-profit American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s group focused on emerging technology. Although non-binding risk management and […]


Cybersecurity

Cyberattacks against governments jumped 95% in last half of 2022, CloudSek says

January 4, 2023

Via: CSO Online

The number of attacks targeting the government sector increased by 95% worldwide in the second half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, according to a new report by AI-based cybersecurity company CloudSek. The increase in attacks can […]


Cybersecurity, Industry, Workforce

What Should the Government Do in 2023 to Fill its Cyber Workforce Shortage?

December 30, 2022

Via: Nextgov

Government needs to expand where it recruits to fill open cyber positions going into 2023 as the threat of cyberattacks makes filling these positions vital, according to experts. “For cyber talent, one of the biggest realities is that we have […]


Cybersecurity

Healthcare Providers and Hospitals Under Ransomware’s Siege

December 28, 2022

Via: Dark Reading

While ransomware groups have not spared any industry, attackers have put the healthcare sector at the top of their preferred targets. The surge in hospitals falling victim to breaches has raised concerns among regulators and government officials who have moved […]


Cybersecurity

Is it time for GDPR 2.0?

December 27, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

The European Union introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2016 to grant users (also called data subjects) more control over their personal data, which is typically under the custody of data aggregators and/or data processors. After an […]


Cybersecurity, IT Policy, Tech

The Federal Government is Moving on Memory Safety for Cybersecurity

December 27, 2022

Via: Nextgov

The massive appropriations bill Congress passed Friday included a Christmas present for advocates of using memory-safe coding languages to stem a significant majority of the software vulnerabilities exploited by cyber adversaries. “For the first time ever, Congress has included memory […]


Hardware & Software, Tech

No more TikTok on House of Representatives’ smartphones

December 27, 2022

Via: ArsTechnica

TikTok will no longer be allowed on any device managed by the US House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the House’s Chief Administrative Office announced the ban of the popular video-sharing app, a move that comes just a week after legislation […]