Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:
- The State Department purchased anti-Al Qaeda ads on affiliate websites to counter their message and did not, as initial reports claim, hack the Al Qaeda sites. More here.
- The WikiBoat, a new hacking group, launched its operation #OpNewSon which aims to breach and take down the websites of 46 major corporations. More here.
- Social security numbers and personal details were stolen from 123,000 federal employee Thrift Savings Plan accounts. More here.
- The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2013 homeland security spending bill that provides $755 million for cybersecurity programs, $312 million more than FY 2012. More here.