Homeland Security’s Einstein Gets Smarter, FTC Files Charges Over Peeping Laptops, and More


Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • The Federal Trade Commission has charged several rent-to-own companies and a software maker over rental computers that illegally used spyware that took “pictures of children, individuals not fully clothed, and couples engaged in sexual activities.” More here.
  • United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice stated that social media has been an effective social outreach tool for the State Department. More here.
  • A federal appeals court gave the Transportation Security Administration until the end of March to comply with orders to hold public hearings and take public comment on body scanners. More here.
  • Through Einstein 3-Accelerated, the Department of Homeland Security has changed their Einstein intrusion prevention and intrusion detection program from a hardware-based to a software-based platform so that it can stay relevant and be used broadly by other federal agencies. More here.
  • David L. DeVries, the Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer for joint information enterprise, reaffirmed the Pentagon’s commitment to cybersecurity. More here.
  • Autonomous vehicles are now legal in California, the third state to enact autonomous vehicle legislation after Nevada and Florida. More here.

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