11 Jan 2019

Poll: Nearly 3 in 4 Tech Workers in DC Would Consider Leaving Their Employer for Amazon

A recent survey highlights many of the problems facing the government tech sector, showing that 71% of the technology employees in the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, D.C. areas would consider leaving their current job for a position at Amazon. The new Amazon location is expected to hire up

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09 Jan 2019

Shutdown Forces Feds Off the Conference Circuit

One potentially unexpected consequence of the ongoing shutdown is that scientists and tech leaders employed by the government are not able to attend conferences around the country, potentially preventing them from exchanging ideas and solutions with relevant partners. Nineteen days in, the shutdown has forced the FCC Chairman, FCC Commissioner,

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03 Jan 2019

FCC Approves Google’s Futuristic Motion Sensor Tech

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Team began developing a radar-based motion detection technology in 2015 and the resulting technology in its current stage of development has been approved by the Federal Communication’s Commission. The most public and popular potential use for the technology is the use of hand gestures in

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02 Jan 2019

China’s Electromagnetic Railgun Spotted During Sea Trials

“China’s futuristic electromagnetic railgun may already be the most powerful cannon to ever roam the high seas — ahead of schedule. In June, a U.S. intelligence assessment estimated that the Chinese military planned on fielding its own version of the electromagnetic railgun on naval vessels as early as 2025, far

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20 Dec 2018

Your High-Tech Car Is a Magnet for Hacking

“Hopping into an Uber or a Car2Go is a great way to get around. Unfortunately, hackers agree, exploiting weaknesses in apps to go on ‘phantom rides’ with someone else’s profile. From such trips—like a man in Australia who went on more than 30 free drives on the GoGet car-sharing platform

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17 Dec 2018

Chinese hackers ‘steal missile plans’ from US Navy contractors

“Classified military information including missile plans have been stolen from contractors working for the US Navy by hackers linked to China, according to reports. Contractors working for the US Navy have reportedly suffered a series of breaches in the past 18 months. Richard Spencer, the secretary of the US Navy,

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14 Dec 2018

The Growing Gulf Between Silicon Valley and Washington: A National Security Issue

The gap between Silicon Valley’s tech giants and Washington, especially the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, is a national security issue, according to a recent opinion piece in The Atlantic. While decisions on tough foreign policy actions against actors like China and Russia have become increasingly bipartisan, tech giants

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14 Dec 2018

Operation Sharpshooter Takes Aim at Global Critical Assets

“Operation Sharpshooter uses a new implant to target mainly English-speaking nuclear, defense, energy and financial companies. Researchers have detected a widespread reconnaissance campaign using a never-before-seen implant framework to infiltrate global defense and critical infrastructure players — including nuclear, defense, energy and financial companies. The campaign, dubbed Operation Sharpshooter, began

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11 Dec 2018

Factories in the U.S. Are Posting Job Openings Like Never Before

In spite of the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S., a broader uptick in manufacturing jobs and goods in aggregate has resulted in growth across some sectors not seen for nearly two decades. “The job openings rate for the durable-goods manufacturing industry reached 4 percent in October, a

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03 Dec 2018

Cryptomining software could be used to steal corporate secrets

“Even though cryptocurrency prices have fallen, cybercriminals could still take advantage of mining software, and not for the reasons you think. Instead of creating alternative currencies, cryptomining software could be used for a more sinister attack that could steal corporate secrets, according to Troy Kent, a threat researcher at Awake

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