Cybersecurity

June 15, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Amid word of a second major cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of Management and Budget gave agencies 30 days to fix their systems. Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, told agencies to take immediate action to improve data security. He also announced the creation of a Cybersecurity Sprint Team to review federal policies and procedures and recommend a new cyber strategy for civilian agencies....

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June 12, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The Associated Press is reporting that the cyber break-in at the Office of Personnel Management was much more damaging than initially reported. As many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their personal information exposed to hackers, according to two people who were briefed on the investigation, AP reports. The initial report from the Obama administration said hackers stole records for 4 million...

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June 11, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

Minneapolis police say at least 36 people are the victims of a recently discovered identity theft ring in the metro area. The client of a personal care assistant reported her credit card was stolen and being used for fraudulent purchases, including $3,000 in gold necklaces. Surveillance photos from the jewelry store’s security cameras helped identify the suspects—the woman’s personal care assistant and her male friend. Search warrants...

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June 9, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The official public Army website was hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. Officials say the website has no official classified information or private personal data of any personnel, military or civilian. It’s not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website. The website is for general public access with general information about the Army, press releases and Army...

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June 4, 2015
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By Byron Acohido, ThirdCertainty

The Associated Press is reporting that the Obama administration is preparing to go public with the disclosure of another major data breach.  Quoting a congressional aide and a second U.S. official — both unnamed — AP reports that the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department were hacked. Expect a public announcement of the breach Thursday night or Friday morning, the second source advised AP. The Office of Personnel...

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June 23, 2014
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A new report by security firm Kaspersky Lab reveals 12 percent of all global organizations were targeted by hackers in at least one cyberattack last year, up from 9 percent in 2012, showing global hacking is on the rise,...

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