Homesick Snowden, be careful if Iran friends you, healthcare cybersecurity will make you ill [Government IT Week]

Well, it looks like celebrity fugitive Edward Snowden wants to come home to the US. I say yes: we'll be glad to provide some public housing. In other news, Iran is using social networking to spy (thereby joining your teenager), TrueCrypt quits, and to no one's surprise, healthcare cybersecurity is sickeningly bad.

ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

Top stories this week

Social media central to Iranian espionage campaign: Report
A three-year social networking-based espionage campaign by Iranian hackers targeting high-ranking officials in the US and other regions has been unveiled by cyber intelligence firm, iSight.

US tries to debunk Snowden email claims
The Obama White House has struck out at claims made by Edward Snowden that he attempted to internally raise concerns about the NSA's activities, before fleeing to Hong Kong.

Snowden says he wants to return to US
Fugitive self-proclaimed spy Edward Snowden has admitted he wants to return home, as he defended his massive leak of intelligence secrets, saying the abuse of the US Constitution left him no choice.

TrueCrypt quits? Inexplicable
Nobody has a good explanation yet for what happened to the generally respected TrueCrypt project, which yesterday announced itself insecure and sent its users to Microsoft.

Healthcare cybersecurity worse than retail: BitSight
A report from BitSight Technologies analyzed the cybersecurity practices of companies on the S&P 500, with those in the healthcare sector coming in at the bottom of a four-industry pack.

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Brazilian government hit by cyberattack
Internal communications platform has been targeted by hackers.

Tasmanian aerial NBN rollout up in the air
NBN Co has begun its trial of deploying fibre to the premises in Tasmania using Aurora Energy's powerpoles, however the company has declined to say whether the entire network in the state will be rolled out that way.

Australia sees rise in cyber attacks, competitors to blame: CERT
Computer-based security attacks on business are on the rise, and the culprits appear to be competitors seeking commercial information, according to the latest security report by Australia’s cyber threat support agency, CERT.

More power likely for NZ Government CIO
Parliament's Finance and Expediture Committee supports extending the Government CIO's oversight from core public service department to cover other large Crown entities.

Tech vs tax: Europe dusts off plan to get more from digital tax avoiders
The European Commission has tax avoiders in its sights – and that means tech companies could be footing a bigger bill on the continent.

US lawsuit won't harm NBN: Morrow
NBN Co CEO Bill Morrow has defended his work history at utilities company PG&E as he and other former company executives face a shareholder lawsuit over pipeline explosions that resulted in the deaths of nine people.

Australian government considers graduated response to piracy
The Attorney-General's Department is actively considering a graduated response scheme to crack down on online copyright infringement, officials have confirmed.

'Snitch' Lulzsec hacker Sabu walks free after assisting FBI
Hacker turned informant Hector Xavier Monsegur a.k.a "Sabu" has walked away from jail time due to his "extraordinary cooperation" with the FBI.

Digital First policy not stalled: Australian government
The Australian government is in the analysis and planning stages of its e-government policy, according to Department of Communications secretary Drew Clarke.