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U.S. government wants to sharply increase spending on cybersecurity

President Barack Obama is proposing a sharp increase in the fiscal 2017 budget on cybersecurity spending, which is aimed at improving dated government software and promoting better Internet security for consumers.

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Congress to federal agencies: You have two weeks to tally your backdoored Juniper kit

Around two dozen U.S. government agencies are being questioned by a congressional committee on whether they were using backdoored Juniper network security appliances.

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Taxpayer demand for human help soars, despite IRS automation

Phone requests grew by 20% from 2006 through 2015; the number of taxpayers grew by 6.5% over the same period.

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BlackBerry to quit Pakistan over government surveillance demands

BlackBerry has decided not to operate in Pakistan after Dec. 30, rather than let the local government intercept communications on its enterprise services.

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Can Alan Alda and President Obama make supercomputing cool again?

Heading into next week’s Supercomputing 2015 conference in Austin, the topic on the tip of every attendee’s tongue is simply, "supercomputing." What once was an American stranglehold -- the illustrious title of the country owning the...

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Government watchdog blasts IRS for mismanaged migrations from Windows XP, Server 2003

In a recently released report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration criticized the IRS for spending nearly $140 million on upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 even as it failed to meet the support cut-off of April 2014....

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Hillary Clinton aides worried about antiquated technology, use of personal email

Senior aides to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state expressed concerns about the poor level of State Dept. computer technology and the use of personal email by staffers, according to emails released on Wednesday.

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Michigan sues HP over $49M project that's 5 years late

Hewlett-Packard has faced no end of financial and legal woes in recent months, and on Friday it was hit with one more: A new lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan over a $49 million project the state says is still not completed after...

Usually that's the help desk, but not this time

Local government help-desk pilot fish gets a message from a user about problems with her email. Fixing the problem is easy -- but contacting the user is a different story.

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Cloud computing, data center consolidations save feds $3.6B

A five-year-old effort by the U.S. government to cut IT costs through data center consolidations, cloud computing and other technology changes appears to be paying off.

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US Ignite shares $6M in NSF funds with cities for smart city app store

US Ignite, a nonprofit group that fosters Internet apps with public benefits said it had been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build testbeds for smart gigabit applications in 15 U.S. cities.

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YES! John McAfee runs for President -- this should be good @mcafee2016!

John McAfee is running for the 2016 U.S. Presidency. He'll be steering the Cyber Party. Break out the popcorn and settle in -- this is bound to be entertaining...

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DOJ tightens policies on use of simulated cells for surveillance

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued new guidelines on the use of a cellular surveillance technology called stingrays.

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As police move to adopt body cams, storage costs set to skyrocket

Police body cams are a big business, but even bigger is the business of storing the video content that's created as camera adoption grows. Determining how much video to keep -- and for how long -- is also an issue.

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ACLU wants court to block NSA's ongoing phone records collection

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the NSA back to court over its data collection practices.

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NSA wins battle over phone records collection as court lifts injunction

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a district court injunction against the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records.

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Memory issue disrupts FAA air traffic control system

A memory issue in the traffic management system of the Federal Aviation Administration resulted in the disruption of flights on the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, according to the agency.

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AT&T's ties to NSA detailed in Snowden docs

A fresh analysis of documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden shows that AT&T has been a much closer partner for the National Security Agency's Internet spying activities than was known.

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