Justice

GAO: Agencies expose themselves to IT supply-chain threats

The four departments with national security responsibilities haven't identified the threats or developed mitigation policies and procedures, a report states.

Many Megaupload files belong to US gov users, Dotcom says

The file-sharing site's founder, out on bail, says U.S. government officials are among the customers whose files were frozen after the Megaupload bust.

Feds bust Super Bowl streaming sites (but Brady didn't tip them off)

The New England Patriots' quarterback's comments aren't why agents shut down the illegal sites; the Super Bowl is always a good platform for calling attention to piracy.

Anonymous lures unwitting users into online campaign

The attack by hacktivist group Anonymous against law enforcement and entertainment sites caps a week that shows cyberspace is emerging as an arena for grassroots political activism.

Why agencies need 'cloud-smart' apps

You can move old, clunky applications to the cloud, but they'll still be old, clunky applications, federal IT execs say.

Cyber Monday sting takes out 150 websites selling counterfeit goods

The Justice Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement seize the domain names of websites dealing in bogus products, including NFL jerseys, DVDs, and Louis Vuitton handbags.

Are Facebook's terms of service the law of the land?

At the heart of the debate over the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act's "authorized access" provisions is the question of who gets to write federal law: Congress or corporations.

From Vietnam to 9/11, Hitch delved into 'key issues of our time'

Van Hitch, former CIO of the Justice Department, faced the formidable task of improving information-sharing capability in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Spike in malicious spam could signal rebuilding of spambot networks

Researchers at M86 Security have identified what they call an epic spike in spam containing malicious attachments

NYC police unit to track criminals via Facebook, Twitter

The city forms a new unit to track social media sites, where criminals have been known to announce crimes or brag about them afterward.

How to counter sophisticated cyberattacks: Focus on the basics

A series of high-profile network breaches illustrate the need for agencies to do the simple things consistently and well; you can't completely stop the breaches, but you can mitigate them, a DHS official says.

Justice, FBI bust 2 million-computer Coreflood botnet

Agents used a tactic new in the United States to disable malware on the long-running operation; 13 people were charged.

No lie: GSA backs Google on FISMA certification

The General Services Administration says its FISMA certification for Google's Apps for Government "remains intact" during review.

Did Google lie about Apps for Government's FISMA certification?

Microsoft cites a Justice Department brief in claiming Google's government product isn't certified; Google says it's more secure than the version that is certified.

Justice, PTO support i4i in patent case against Microsoft

The federal government joined "friend of the court" filings opposing Microsoft appeal to change the burden of proof in patent challenges.

Health care field is fertile ground for semantic tech

The health care domain featured one of the earliest uses of semantic technology in the public sector — and it could also fuel adoption in NIEM.

Contrary to popular opinion, FISMA can improve security, agency officials say

The much-maligned Federal Information Security Management Act is not a bad tool, but it has been used improperly, federal officials say.