Over the course of a year, starting shortly after 9/11, British hacker Gary McKinnon, using the handle Solo, hacked into 96 Defense Dept. computers, effectively shut down the naval weapons center responsible for the Atlantic Fleet, and hacked into some 73,000 government computers.
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The federal government will complete the transition to Internet Protocol v6 by June 2008. In a memo (PDF) released yesterday, Karen Evans, the head of the Office of Management and Budget's office of e-government and IT, unveiled a timeframe for completing the transition.
The federal government is woefully behind private industry when it comes to enabling telework and the reasons have more to do with managerial intransigence than any realistic security concerns. That's the conclusion of a paper (PDF) released last month by the Cyber Security Industry Alliance, a group of security-focused hardware, software and networking vendors.
Are federal and state governments on different tracks when it comes to implementing web accessibility standards? On his Vox Populus blog, Mark Headd notes that federal law sets accessibility standards for federal agencies but it's not clear whether the rules also apply to state governments.
State and local governments will get direct access to more Justice Dept. data if the House Judiciary Committee has its way.
Homeland security is a very big job - encompassing everything from border control to cybersecurity to staving off nuclear attacks - and it can't be done without better reliance on technology and better coordination between the federal government and state and local officials and law enforcement, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in a speech last week.
Writing on Government Computer News, Shawn McCarthy of IDC argues that city managers are no longer impressed with talk about wirless networks bridging the digital divide. They want to see hard numbers on how a network is going to make government activities more efficient.
Madison County, Alabama, is pioneering a system that will eventually allow for electronic filing of all lawsuits and associated documents, according to an article in the Huntsville (Ala.) Times.
Jim Baller, an attorney who represents governments seeking to build their own municipal networks, has issued a statement about the municipal network providsion of the Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act, introduced by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nevada).
Here's Harold Feld's take on Sen. Ensign's Broadband Investment and Consumer Choice Act.