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THE FUTURE OF Security

THE FUTURE OF Security

Ex-Employee Remotely Hacks Kansas Water Treatment Plant

A former employee of a water district plant in Ellsworth, Kan., allegedly logged in and attempted to tamper with the public drinking water system. This is just one of several recent hacks on water systems nationwide.

By Jonathan Shorman and Steve Vockrodt, The Kansas City Star  |  April 13, 2021
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Will Regulating Social Media Misinformation Fix the Internet?

A congressional hearing last month took up the sticky issue of when and how to hold companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter accountable for misinformation. Lawmakers are now faced with a regulatory maze.

By Julia Edinger, Government Technology  |  April 13, 2021
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Many N.C. Police Departments Used Controversial Clearview AI

At least 60 law enforcement agencies across the state likely used the controversial facial recognition app that mines photos from social media users without their consent. In total, the app was used up to 5,000 times.

By Tyler Dukes, The News & Observer  |  April 7, 2021
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California-Inspired Data Privacy Bill Gets Florida’s Support

Legislation modeled after California’s law, which was enacted last year and requires disclosures from companies that would collect and sell user data, has received bipartisan support from state legislators.

By Mary Ellen Klas, The Miami Herald  |  April 7, 2021
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Why We Don’t Need Another Cyber ‘Wake-Up Call’

We've had plenty already, yet we react the same way to every new attack. The question is, are we awake? We need to do a better job of learning from our failures and preparing for the attacks to come.

By Mark Weatherford, Cybersecurity Columnist  |  April 6, 2021
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Fraudsters Making, Selling COVID Vaccination Cards Online

Scammers are advertising and selling coronavirus vaccine cards on social media, e-commerce websites and blogs. Officials are warning residents of the continued disinformation efforts.

By Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle  |  April 5, 2021
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Spokane Police Officers to Begin Wearing Body Cams

The Spokane County Commission approved the purchase and has proposed a cost-sharing deal with Spokane Valley, a city that contracts with the county for its law enforcement, to equip 242 officers.

By Colin Tiernan, The Spokesman-Review  |  March 30, 2021
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Cyber Attacks on Schools in 2020 Were Record Breaking: Report

2020 marked a "record-breaking" year for cyber attacks against schools, according to a recent report. Now, education policy organizations are asking policymakers to step up to help mitigate security threats.

By Brandon Paykamian, Government Technology  |  March 30, 2021
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University of Miami Won’t Discuss Details of Ransomware Hack

The university was just one of many institutions and businesses hit by a ransomware attack that compromised personal information of medical patients. But officials won’t provide details.

By Jimena Tavel, The Miami Herald  |  March 26, 2021
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ICE Requests for Google User Data Are Very Hard to Stop

If a government agency requests access to user data, the individual may only have 7 days to block the request. Advocates say the systems in place are unfair and don’t provide enough protections for data privacy.

By Johana Bhuiyan, Los Angeles Times  |  March 24, 2021
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Are Governments Prepared if Cyber Attacks Get Worse?

In the past 90 days, the world has witnessed a serious escalation in cyberattacks. Some experts are still predicting that the worst is yet to come. Are we prepared?

By Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  March 23, 2021
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