The Economic Development Administration (EDA) networks remain offline after being compromised by a virus over 80 days ago. More here. Though Smart Meters reduce traditional theft, the FBI found that hacking them can be very simple. More here. The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract to help them decode encrypted data on video game [...]
According to an internal Energy Department audit, the federal utility Bonneville Power Administration, which provides power to over 305 of the Pacific Northwest, is at risk due to weak passwords. Overall, the DoE found a 60 percent increase in vulnerabilities between 2010 and 2011 across the department. More here. ICS-CERT has found that the industrial control systems [...]
Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency testified yesterday for the Senate Armed Services Committee. Alexander blamed China for many of cybersecurity threats but maintained that the DHS and not the DoD should be the lead in protecting government and critical infrastructure, with the DoD assisting with [...]
Obama Administration Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt outlined priorities for agencies to secure federal IT systems. Goals include 95 percent utilization of critical administration cybersecurity capabilities on IT systems, continuous monitoring, and strong authentication. More here. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley called cybersecurity as a priority at the Air Force Association’s 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition. [...]
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a $2.6 million grant for research into exceeding microprocessor limits approaching in the next 10-15 years. More here. Yet another laptop containing sensitive information on NASA Kennedy Space Center has been stolen. More here. The Technical Director of the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate stated that, through increased [...]
The National Nuclear Security Administration, which is in charge of America’s nuclear weapons stockpile, wants to increase its cybersecurity budget to deal with up to 10 million attacks a day. More here. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team reports that over half of all cyberattacks against the federal government are phishing. More here. The Army, realizing [...]
The Department of Interior will be the first government agency to buy the iPad 3 with plans to buy 20 to streamline daily business tasks. More here Current and former government officials indicate that the Department of Defense is accelerating the development of cyber weapons. More here. As the GSA relies more heavily on cloud computing, [...]
The Obama administration employed a new governmentwide network surveillance tool and private sector assistance to search for corrupted agency computers that are at risk of going offline in less than two weeks, Homeland Security Department officials said.