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How Hackers Unlocked OPM Systems and 6 Other Things We Learned From the Breach (Nextgov)

Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta wants you to know she is mad about the breach of personal identification data and background investigations on millions of federal employees. Just don’t blame OPM, she said. The hack at Archuleta’s agency is not the fault of computer security staff or a contractor who lost key login data, she testified today.    Read more.

The Internet's Next Big Idea: Connecting People, Information, and Things (nist.gov)

In the early 1990s, a Web page consisted of crude, rainbow-colored, text-filled boxes that “hyperlinked” to more text. Today, your Internet-enabled smartphone not only gives you access to libraries’ worth of information, but also helps you navigate the physical world.Cyber-physical systems, also called the Internet of Things, are the next big advance for our use of the web. They allow complex systems of feedback and control that can help a robot coordinate with a dog or human in a search-and-rescue operation or help health care providers evaluate the recovery of patients after they leave the hospital.   Image by Xtravagant - Fotolia.com    Read more.

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House Panel Dents Budget for Cyber Tool That Scoped out OPM Breaches (Nextgov)

July 31, 2015

A House committee has slightly undercut a White House budget request for Department of Homeland Security network surveillance technology integral to post-megahack cleanup.

Citing the cost of President Barack Obama's proposed pay raises and concerns about contracting for the tool, lawmakers passed a $474 million measure to fund EINSTEIN -- a roughly $5 million dent from the request

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