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NASA to send spacecraft on 1.2B-mile journey to asteroid

NASA next month will launching a spacecraft designed to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth for the first time.

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NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars

NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.

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NSA hacked? Top cyber weapons allegedly go up for auction

An anonymous group claims to have stolen hacking tools that might belong to the NSA and is auctioning them off to the highest bidder.

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'Mayhem' takes first in DARPA's all-computer hacking challenge

In the first head-to-head hacking competition of autonomous computers, a system developed by a team of Pittsburgh-based researchers is the presumptive winner.

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In DARPA challenge, smart machines compete to fend off cyberattacks

The first all-machine hacking competition, sponsored by DARPA, is taking place today in Las Vegas.

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How to keep Facebook, Twitter from being terrorists’ hunting grounds

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said that, if elected, she would try to curb terrorists from using the Internet as a recruiting tool. But her statement raises questions over what can be done to prevent terrorists from...

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Politics blamed for feds' reliance on old IT

Although the U.S. government is spending more than $81 billion on IT, only about a quarter of that money is spent on new systems.

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Virtual reality needs U.S. gov't backing

As virtual reality and augmented reality gain popularity with consumers, attention is turning to ways these immersive technologies can be used in U.S. schools and in the work force.

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Russia says spies planted malware on critical infrastructure

Russian military networks and other critical infrastructure have been hit by tailor-made malware, according to government officials.

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FBI to lead nation's cyberattack responses

President Barack Obama on Tuesday officially put the FBI in charge of cyberattack responses.

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FBI accused of using outdated IT to foil FOIA requests

The FBI is using antiquated computer systems to deliberately foil requests made under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, a new lawsuit alleges.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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Chinese hackers blamed for multiple breaches at U.S. banking agency

Chinese government hackers were the likely attackers in three breaches in recent years at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. agency that insures bank accounts, according to a congressional audit.

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Feds to hire 3,500 cybersecurity pros by year's end

The U.S. government is trying to improve the recruiting and retention of cybersecurity professionals.

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House passes bill banning access to porn from federal computers

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would prohibit employees from accessing pornographic or explicit websites from federal computers, unless it meets an investigative objective.

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Investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email system closed without charges

An investigation into the use of a personal email system for official communications by Hillary Clinton, while she was secretary of state, has been closed with no charges filed, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said.

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FBI faults Clinton's personal email system, but doesn't recommend prosecution

Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" in her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, but the FBI doesn't recommend bringing charges against her for mishandling classified information.

Public-sector CIOs feel the ‘squeeze’ when driving transformational change: Gartner

​Government CIOs remain under increased pressure to further optimise IT and business costs while leading digital innovation in the public sector, according to global findings by Gartner.

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