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1. Sykipot variant, exploiting Microsoft vulnerability, targets aerospace industry
A new variant of Sykipot, an information-stealing Trojan that has been used in frequent attacks against defense agencies and contractors, has turned up in new attacks targeting the aerospace industry and others.
2. No summer break here: Agencies to receive plain-language report cards
Ever tried to make sense of the legalese often used in government documents? It’s no easy task. Now, one organization determined to enforce clarity is preparing to issue report cards on the government’s use of easier-to-understand vernacular.
3. TASC gains place on GSA’s MOBIS schedule
TASC Inc. will offer government agencies professional business services and support, having been awarded a Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) schedule contract from the General Services Administration.
4. FedPod: July 4, new Arlington smartphone app and GSA buyouts
Listen to it here Read: http://fedscoop.com/fedpod-july-4-new-arlington-smartphone-app-and-gsa-buyouts/
5. FBI: Global economic slowdown exacerbated cyber espionage
The global economic slowdown has exacerbated foreign theft of U.S. companies’ intellectual property, a FBI official said June 28 before a House panel.
During the current fiscal year (which ends Sept. 30), economic espionage has already cost the American economy more than $13 billion, said Frank Figliuzzi, FBI assistant director, counterintelligence division. He spoke before the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence.
6. Buyer beware: Mobile payments might not be protected
Some current financial rules may not be fully up to the task of regulating the growing number of mobile payment systems, government officials told a House subcomittee on Friday.
Stephanie Martin, associate general counsel for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, warned members of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit that in the broader regulatory scheme, many mobile systems may not be covered, especially those used by people or organizations that aren’t banks.
7. Separated at birth: m-governance and open government
Open government, meet your lost brother, “mobile governance.”
The term open government is well recognized, but mobile governance or m-governance may be less familiar. The concept represents the next stage in the evolution of mobile government, which until now has merely been an extension of e-government, says a new academic paper.
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