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President Obama at the State of the Union 2015

In six months, the White House has replaced its top IT leaders

The White House may be trying to improve its IT operations by aligning itself more with Silicon Valley thinking.

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Google worried US could use amended warrant rule to search computers abroad

Google has opposed moves by the U.S. Department of Justice to extend the warrant-issuing authority of magistrate judges to searches of computers in districts other than their own.

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White House gives DJ Patil new job (but what a mouthful)

What's a CDSaDCTODT? Dhanurjay 'DJ' Patil is now the U.S. (deep breath) Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say it four times fast...

DHS cybersecurity staff won’t get paid during shutdown

If Congressional leaders carry through on their threat to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, life for the agency's cybersecurity professionals will be miserable

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Equation cyberspies use unrivaled, NSA-style techniques to hit Iran, Russia

A cyberespionage group with a toolset similar to ones used by U.S. intelligence agencies has infiltrated key institutions in countries including Iran and Russia.

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US government courts Silicon Valley on cybersecurity

Senior U.S. government officials came to Silicon Valley on Friday to deliver a direct appeal to executives from major companies and the cybersecurity industry: Work with us so the nation will be better protected from cyberattacks.

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Memex: Science vs. Sex (your tax dollars at work)

Sex trafficers beware. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it's getting good at scanning the mysterious 'Dark Web.' In IT Blogwatch, bloggers manipulate the midi-chlorians...

Federal IT projects need critical care

Watchdogs at GAO put government IT project on High Risk List.

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Obama seeks common ground with China on cyber issues

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed cyber issues and other topics by phone; Xi is scheduled to visit Washington in September.

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Jeb Bush's email release dumps constituents' personal data online

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may have violated state law by releasing hundreds of thousands of emails from his years as governor on Tuesday because the emails reveal personal information, including cell phone numbers, home addresses...

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New U.S. cyberthreat center will fill information gap, official says

The U.S. government needs a new cyberthreat analysis center because no single agency is responsible for producing that type of assessment and sharing information.

US to form cybersecurity agency to combat online threats

The Obama administration will create a new agency to monitor cybersecurity threats and share data about possible attacks among government departments.

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Intuit stops TurboTax e-filing of state returns after fraudulent filing spikes

Intuit has suspended electronic filing of all state returns from its TurboTax tax preparation software after 19 states' tax authorities reported unusual volumes of fraudulent returns.

White House taps VMware's Tony Scott as federal CIO

President Obama plans to appoint VMware exec Tony Scott as federal CIO.

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Hackers unknowingly gather intel for the NSA

The National Security Agency and its intelligence partners are reportedly sifting through data stolen by state-sponsored and freelance hackers on a regular basis in search of valuable information.

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Congress takes another swing at ending warrantless reading of emails

Legislation to stop warrantless reading of emails got a fillip Wednesday with bills introduced both in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

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White House wants 10% hike in cybersecurity spending

The Obama administration, in its proposed FY 2016 federal budget, wants more money for cybersecurity research, technology and investigators

Career advice: Are government jobs technological backwaters?

Premier 100 IT Leader Rosa Akhtarkhavari also answers questions on moving into computer forensics and becoming a team leader.

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