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Highlights from the new CIO Council Mobility Report, Android App Scanner falls short and more

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Air Force LogoHere are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • 5 highlights from new CIO Council federal mobility report - FedScoop has a great piece on the recent Federal CIO Council’s Mobility report. Their key takeaways were BYOD, cost, security, gaps and “going forward.” Read the entire piece here. Via FedScoop.
  • 10 arrested in social network hacking - Ten suspects were arrested internationally in a social networking group that used the site Facebook. They were using the Yahos malware and the Butterfly botnet. 11M computers were said to be infected and over $850M in losses. Via Boston Globe, more here.
  • Google’s Android app scanner falls short in security test - one of the more touted parts of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean+) was the app scanner, which scans any application installed for security issues. When NCSU researchers ran over 1200 malware applications through the scanner, only about 15% were identified. While this is better than nothing (and the service may be a work in process) it’s pretty dismal. Via ComputerWorld Singapore, more here.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $6 Million to Support the Air Force Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System - The JWICS is a highly classified information system that is used to share intelligence globally. General Dynamics will help the Air Force streamline its communications networks and integrate with national-level Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) and Desk Top Enterprise (DTE) initiatives. Via DentonRC, more here.
  • Dexter malware infects point-of-sale systems worldwide, researchers say - Researchers in Israel have found a piece of malware that infected hundreds of POS systems, across 40 nations. These systems are used primarily in restaurants. The malware was dubbed Dexter after a text string found in some of its components and infected Windows-based PoS systems belonging to big-name retailers, hotels, restaurants and even private parking providers, Seculert researchers said Tuesday in a blog post. Via ComputerWorld Singapore, more here.
  • HHS creates online tools to protect patient information - HHS announced a new initiative designed to better protect health information records. The initiative currently offers educational resources such as videos, fact sheets and promotional posters. Via FedScoop, more here.
  • Ransom hackers encrypt medical centre’s entire database - Hackers broke into an Australian medical center and encrypted their entire database. The center is considering paying the ransom (around $2600) to get their files back. While still open, they are finding it hard to admit patients without their records. Via ComputerWorld Singapore, more here.

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.