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GOP senator alleges password-hijack attempts after blasting WikiLeaks founder

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) did not elaborate on the exact nature of the password-reset messages he said he'd seen, such as whether they were limited to a single app and how they had been sent.

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WikiLeaks looks at helping tech vendors disarm CIA hacking tools

WikiLeaks has attracted plenty of haters over its controversial disclosures. But the site may be in a unique position to help tech vendors better secure their products

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Pence used private mail for state work as governor; account was hacked

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reportedly used a private email account to transact state business when he was governor of Indiana, and his AOL account was hacked once, according to a news report.

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Trump announces budget cuts that may give China tech leadership

One analyst says he expects cuts of 10% in most non-defense-related agencies.

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U.S. computing leadership under threat, says House science chair

Even a seemingly unrelated project, for instance, can have far-reaching implications into the computer industry.

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Worried about hacks, senators want info about Trump’s personal phone

Two senators have written to the U.S. Department of Defense about reports that President Donald Trump may still be using an old unsecured Android phone, including to communicate through his Twitter account.

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Trump stresses cybersecurity but postpones executive order

U.S. President Donald Trump called on government agencies to better protect their networks, but he delayed signing an executive order to kick-start a government-wide review of cybersecurity policy.

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Trump to sign cybersecurity order calling for government-wide review

President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order Tuesday that gives each cabinet official more responsibility for the safety of data within his or her agency.

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Trump’s unsecure Android phone highlights common security dilemma

As CIOs and IT security pros already know, strong security technology can still be undermined if end users don't follow safe cyber practices.

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Trump administration is giving us a good lesson on Twitter security

Several recent incidents involving U.S. President Donald Trump's administration can teach users something about IT security -- particularly about Twitter and what not to do with it.

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Report: Trump still uses his unsecured Android phone to tweet

Even after being given a new, secure device just before his inauguration, President Trump still reportedly uses his old phone. That's raising concerns among mobile security analysts.

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Controversial Park Service tweets arose from old Twitter passwords

Two instances of tweets from National Park Service accounts that became political hot potatoes in the last few days were the result of bad password management, according to officials.

Trump’s federal hiring freeze won’t kill government IT hiring

President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze will make it harder, but not impossible, to land a position with the U.S. government.

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White House Comments Line says try Facebook Messenger

Members of the public who want to leave a comment for President Donald Trump won't be doing it by voicemail.

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Trump nominee suggests IRS cybersecurity and staffing boosts

Steven Mnuchin, a former CIO and executive vice president for Goldman Sachs, told senators on Thursday that he is “very concerned about the lack of first-rate technology at the IRS” as well as staff cuts in recent years.

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DARPA wants to create secure data-sharing tech

Proposals needed to help secure shared data in remote areas on handheld devices

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Trump's push for cyber defense is sorely needed, experts say

President-elect Donald Trump plans to consult "the greatest computer minds” for input on bolstering U.S. hacking defenses, as experts say an overhaul to the country's cybersecurity is badly needed.

Outgoing presidential IT advisers offer Trump 10 tips to succeed

There'll be a to-do list from the IT department in the president's "in" tray when Donald Trump enters the White House later this month.

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Japanese government denies report that its defense forces were hacked

Japanese government officials have denied reports that a secure network used by the country's defense forces was attacked earlier this year.

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Los Angeles: Warm weather, movie stars -- and 100 million monthly cyber attacks

A $1.8 million Integrated Security Operations Center, opened in late 2015, consolidates threat intelligence from what previously was carried out in four different locations.

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