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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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AWS and Azure clouds gain security OK from feds

Three vendors, including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, have won a key U.S. government authorization that will allow federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on the cloud-computing services.

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FBI facial recognition database falls short on privacy and accuracy, auditor says

The FBI has been slow to assess the privacy risks and hasn't adequately tested the accuracy of a huge facial recognition database used by several law enforcement agencies, a government auditor said.

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A black market is selling access to hacked government servers for $6

Want access to a government server? An online black market is selling access to thousands of hacked servers for as little as $6.

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Russian hackers breach DNC computers, steal data on Trump

Russian government hackers managed to breach the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and steal opposition research on presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Emergency responders might share their LTE network with the rest of us

The national LTE network for public safety that’s planned for the U.S. might also boost cellphone performance with a network-sharing system proposed by a startup.

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State Dept. IT staff told to keep quiet about Clinton’s server

Two IT staff members who raised concerns about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server were told not speak of it, according to the Inspector General's report released today.

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Some U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1 and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

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Singapore's vision for supporting tech innovation encourages team diversity

Matt Hamblen, back from Singapore, finds the nation's government and businesses take a comprehensive approach to pushing technology innovation.

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U.S. House bans Yahoo Mail, Google App Engine over malware concerns

The IT department of the U.S. House of Representatives has blocked access to Yahoo Mail and the Google App Engine platform due to malware and other threats.

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Box launches a product just for government users

The offering comes alongside a new FedRAMP certification for the cloud storage service.

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Google, carmakers join forces to speed self-driving car adoption

Google's Alphabet company has formed a lobbying group with Ford, Volvo and other carmakers to press the U.S. government on regulations to help move the self-driving car industry to market.

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IRS security is failing taxpayers, senator says

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Congress and private electronic tax-filing vendors aren't doing enough to protect the personal information of taxpayers, senators said Tuesday.

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