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Opponents focus on defeating CISA cyberthreat info-sharing bill

Opponents of a U.S. Senate bill intended to encourage businesses to share information about cyberthreats may have stalled a vote on the legislation.

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NSA will lose access to 'historical' phone surveillance data Nov. 29

The U.S. National Security Agency will lose access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said.

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More questions raised about Hillary Clinton emails

A government review has concluded that Hillary Clinton sent classified information through a personal email account while she served as secretary of state, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Google, ISPs join feds to offer free broadband to low-income families

Google and seven other ISPs have joined a new U.S. government pilot program to connect 275,000 low-income households to the Internet for free or at reduced rates.

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NASA spacecraft expects 'dazzling' data after Pluto flyby

After a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft re-established contact with NASA and was furiously collecting data and what are expected to be "dazzling" images of the dwarf planet Pluto.

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OPM director steps down in wake of unprecedented data breach

Katherine Archuleta, the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, resigned a day after her agency announced that hackers had stolen information on 21.5 million current, former and prospective government workers and their...

Internet voting isn't ready yet, but it can be made more secure

The push for Internet voting is growing stronger as the underlying technology matures, but systems aren't yet secure enough to ensure that vote counts will be accurate.

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Former A.G. Eric Holder says Snowden deal is possible

The "possibility exists" for the Department of Justice to cut a deal that would allow surveillance leaker Edward Snowden to return to the U.S., according to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

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NASA readies test for first Mars airplane

NASA scientists are working on a plane that would be deployed from a rover's landing system to fly across the Martian surface and take images of potential landing sites for future astronaut missions.

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VMware settles claim of overcharging US government

VMware has settled a lawsuit initiated by a former executive that alleged the company and a partner overcharged the U.S. government for products over a six-year period.

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OPM hit by class-action suit over breach of federal employee data

The employees charge the Office of Personnel Management and a contractor with negligence.

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Senators rip into OPM director for data losses from major breach

Efforts to fix cybersecurity problems at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management may be doomed because the agency is moving too quickly and ignoring some best practices, an auditor said Thursday.

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US visa system back online after major outage

The U.S. Department of State is back in the business of issuing visas after a computer system failure halted work at consulates worldwide and inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of travelers.

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Federal investigator to plead guilty to Silk Road robbery

The U.S. Department of Justice's conviction of Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht may have been compromised by two corrupt investigators.

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US Navy paid millions to stay on Windows XP

The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from Windows XP.

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US, UK spies said to attack security software

Spies working for the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart found antivirus and security software a hindrance to their intelligence gathering processes and worked to thwart it, according to a report in The...

Government prioritizes digital engagement

The government’s digital engagement with stakeholders and citizens garnered much attention this past year. Specifically, the fiscal 2016 budget request by the White House includes proposed spending of $105 million to “scale and...

U.S. visa system will be offline until at least next week

The computer problem that brought down a key State Department system for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide won't be fixed until at least next week.

Lawmakers fear recent U.S. gov't breaches endanger national security

Two recently disclosed data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management could endanger national security and the lives of federal workers in intelligence or other sensitive jobs.

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