Electronic Surveillance and WiFi Sniffing Without Warrants and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • The House of Representatives passed the renewed  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allowing electronic surveillance of Americans without a warrant. More here.
  • Panelists at the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies testified that American civilian infrastructure is not prepared for electromagnetic pulses. More here.
  • The Texas Advanced Computing Center plans to go live with the “Stampede” supercomputer, part of the National Science Foundation’s eXtreme Digital program, on January 7. More here.
  • Robert Litt, general counsel for the U.S. National Intelligence Director, admitted that intelligence agencies have mistakenly monitored the phone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens without warrants but would not go into detail. More here.
  • White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation will host  a “Safety Datapalooza” on September 14. More here.
  • A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that intercepting traffic on unencrypted WiFi networks is not wiretapping. More here.
  • A Government Accountability Office report found that the State Department could better fight Visa fraud with more information technology training and advanced technologies. More here.
  • Big Data analytics are being used in presidential campaigns to target untapped donor groups. More here.
  • The recent hack of the Utah Health Exchange has raised concerns in other states planning their own online insurance marketplaces  prompted by the Affordable Care Act. More here.
  • The the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) is conducting a two-day joint exercise with the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT). More here.
  • The Government Printing Office is adopting a new system that will manage and publish congressional bills and other publications entirely in a machine-readable XML format. More here.

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