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  • Fierce 15 winners prove innovation breeds innovation

    After two solid years I was worried we had already found and recognized most of the fierce people in government IT. Fortunately, innovation breeds innovation. And there are more dynamic people in government than ever to inspire us. 

DARPA working to reduce IT vulnerabilities in complex military systems

The massive, monolithic technology platforms upon which U.S. defense systems rely are inflexible, increasingly difficult to manage and hostile to advances in technology, said the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They're also vulnerable to malicious actors, said DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar during a Nov. 12 event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Complex, sophisticated malware 'Regin' used for espionage since at least 2008, Symantec says

Cybersecurity company Symantec says it has discovered a highly complex, advanced malware that has been developed and used – likely by a nation state – to systematically spy on governments, individuals and other international targets since at least 2008.

VA fails annual cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year, says it will invest more resources

For the 16th straight year, the Veterans Affairs Department will fail its annual cyberseurity audit, the VA's deputy assistant inspector general said at a recent congressional hearing. Most of the IT security recommendations issued in their reports persist year after year.

Ex-Navy serviceman sentenced to 2 years in prison for hacking, stealing personal records

A former Navy nuclear systems administrator and co-founder of a computer hacking group was sentenced to two years in prison for hacking into the Navy and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, among others, and stealing and releasing thousands of personal records, a U.S. attorney announced Nov. 21.

European Commission views sought on whether US can compel provider to disclose data stored abroad

The Center for Democracy and Technology says it would be beneficial for the European Commission to provide its views on a case in which a U.S. federal court has ordered Microsoft to produce a customer's information that's stored in a data center in Ireland – an order the company has refused to comply with.

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On the heels of action by Google and Apple, yet another mobile messaging technology is expanding its use of encryption to protect user information – a move that has drawn criticism from law enforcement agencies. The Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform WhatsApp is working with Open Whisper Systems to provide end-to-end encryption, according to a  blog post.

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Refund fraud associated with prisoner Social Security numbers remains a problem, but the Internal Revenue Service isn't sharing that information with Congress or state and federal prison officials, a recently released Sept. 25 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. Fraudulent tax returns filed using a prisoner's social security number rose from more than 37,000 returns in 2007 to more than 137,000 in 2012, TIGTA found.