Category Archives: Government

Pentagon Bug Bounty Contest Uncovers at Least 100 Vulnerabilities

Pentagon Bug BountyMore than 1,400 hackers signed up to hammer at the U.S. Department of Defense’s computer systems in search of security flaws during a 24-day pilot program.

The U.S. Department of Defense finally revealed how its systems fared in a $150,000 bug-finding contest, where vetted hackers were given rewards for finding significant vulnerabilities.On June 10, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told attendees at the Defense One Tech Summit that more than 1,400 security specialists applied to take part in the “Hack the Pentagon” program. Hackers that passed background checks and then participated in the contest found more than 100 security flaws, he said.

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The U.S. just took one step closer to privatizing a core part of the Internet

Every time you type “Google.com” into your browser, what you get is a search engine used by billions. What you don’t see? A complicated string of actions kicking into high gear behind the scenes, turning your URL into language that any computer or server in the world can understand and, ultimately, spit out as a Web page.

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Android Spyware Snoops on Government, Military Security Job Seekers

New Android spyware, apparently targeting government security job seekers, has been detected in Saudi Arabia. The code is poor but the malware works efficiently, claims McAfee in a report published yesterday.

The spyware openly masquerades as a chat app called Chat Private. McAfee claims it is working in tandem with a job site that offers work for security personnel in government or military jobs. In reality the site seems much like any other job site and advertises many different job sectors, including for example, media, accounting, education, medical and so on.

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UK’s government hackers target Islamic State group in string of cyberattacks

A warplane belonging to Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, attempts to bomb sites under the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, during clashes in Libya April 27, 2016. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

A warplane belonging to Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, attempts to bomb sites under the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with the Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, during clashes in Libya April 27, 2016. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

The United Kingdom’s specialist task force for dealing with digital threats has launched a large-scale offensive against the Islamic State group (IS). Utilizing British Royal Air Force (RAF) resources, the “black ops” attack is said to have jammed much of the terrorist organization’s communication network in Libya, making it much harder for its forces to coordinate.

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