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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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Stung, White House orders rapid cybersecurity fixes

Agencies were told to scan systems and check logs for indicators of threats, patch critical vulnerabilities “without delay,” as well as tighten policies and practices for privileged users.

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Amazon gets transparency religion about government snooping -- but what took you so long?

AWS releases post-Snowden transparency report: Two years too late? Amazon CISO Stephen Schmidt finally opens kimono, and promises to continue doing so...

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Aiming for SEC's big data project, Sungard and Google bet on the cloud

Sungard is using Google cloud services to prototype a system that stores and formats all U.S. financial trading data.

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Problems hit U.S. computer system for visas and passports

An outage on the same database last year affected almost 200,000 people.

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Update: Russia and China cracked Snowden's files, identified U.S., UK spies

Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies have reportedly decrypted files of former NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden, and identified British and U.S. secret agents.

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U.S. now fears second major breach exposed more employee data

A second major data breach that might reveal far more personal and damaging information on U.S. government workers appears to have hit the Office of Personnel Management.

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Two years after Snowden leaks, tech firms still feel the backlash

Two years after the first leaks by Edward Snowden about U.S. surveillance programs, the country's tech companies still fear a backlash from other governments.

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US to require HTTPS for all government websites

The U.S. government is mandating the use of the HTTPS security protocol on all of its public websites and web services by the end of 2016.

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U.S. gov't reports massive breach of personnel data

The U.S. is investigating a massive data breach that exposed personal information on around 4 million federal government workers, according to news reports Thursday.

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