Hackers help governors defend voting machines from manipulation | Mattis continues message of open communication between DOD, industry | FBI announces plan to call out, shame hackers
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October 12, 2017
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Hackers help governors defend voting machines from manipulation
A coalition of hackers is working with governors and academics in the US to protect voting machines and computer systems from breaches that could influence the outcome of elections, a source says. Hackers attending the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas earlier this year found that they could breach the security of some voting machines in just minutes.
Reuters (10/9) 
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Mattis continues message of open communication between DOD, industry
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are calling for closer ties between the Defense Department and industry. "I've lived out in Silicon Valley for the three years that I was retired, and I've seen what American industry is capable of from Silicon Valley to Michigan, from Boston to Texas," Mattis said, adding that DOD must "open the communication with them much more robustly."
C4ISR & Networks (10/11) 
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FBI announces plan to call out, shame hackers
FBI announces plan to call out, shame hackers
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a goal to publicly call out and embarrass hackers, even those from overseas, said Paul Abbate, the executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He also emphasized the importance of the private sector reporting cyberattacks to authorities to more easily identify the culprits.
Nextgov (10/5) 
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Technology Trends
Alphabet to send Project Loon balloons to Puerto Rico
Alphabet has received approval to send its Project Loon LTE balloons to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to provide cellular service to residents. It was estimated that 83% of the area's cell towers are down due to hurricanes and these high-altitude weather balloons can act as replacements for lost services.
Ubergizmo (10/8) 
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Apple's next upgrade for iPad Pro likely Face ID feature, analyst says
Apple's TrueDepth camera technology is expected as one of the next upgrades for its iPad Pro products to enable them with Face ID, which is now featured on the new iPhone X, a KGI Securities analyst reportedly said.
CNET (10/9) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Study finds tech sector lagging in racial equality
Racial diversity is a growing problem for the tech sector, and a report from Ascend found the disparity between the number of white men and minority men in leadership positions is greater than that between white men and white women. Meanwhile, white women in the industry went from 12%-below-parity representation at the executive level to 17% above from 2007 to 2015.
CityLab (10/5) 
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