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3 Charged over Gozi Virus, Marine Corps looking for smart devices and more

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DoDHere are the top cyber news and stories of the day.

  • Feds: 3 charged over ‘Gozi’ computer virus that infected millions, including NASA - Nikita Kuzmin, a 25 year old Russian man has been charged with promoting and distributing the ‘Gozi’ virus. This virus infected over 1M computers, including 40k in the US alone. The Gozi virus used a PDF file to steal banking information from users computers. Via NYPost, more here.
  • Google Tells Cops to Get Warrants for User E-Mail, Cloud Data - A Google spokesman told Wired that the media giant demands that government agencies – from the locals to the feds – get a probable-cause warrant for content on its e-mail, Google Drive cloud storage and other platforms – despite the Electronic Communications Privacy Act allowing the government to access such customer data without a warrant if it’s stored on Google’s servers for more than 180 days. However, Google does release a large amount of data without warrant.Via Threat Level, more here.
  • Marine Corps looks to smart devices for warfighters – The USMC is looking to use smart devices to help deployed troops using mobile devices to take pictures and send them back to the rear. They need secure devices with roots of trust. Via FierceGovernmentIT, more here.
  • Mobile’s Impact on Hospital IT Security in 2013: How Your Institution Can Adapt to BYOD - According to a recent study by Aruba Networks, 85% of hospitals support physician and staff use at work. Specifically, 83% support iPads in the hospital. Hospitals have long used tablets to accomplish their missions, and the iPad was a big step forward for them. As healthcare institutions continue to address BYOD, it will be interesting to see how hospitals can manage to adhere to federal health guidelines and more. Via Becker’s Hospital Review, more here.
  • Eleven reasons to be sceptical of warnings of cyber warfare - Bernard Keane of the Australian Magazine Crikey lists 11 reasons to be “sceptical” of “cyber 9-11s” and other warnings. The list is extensive and a good read, and reminds us to always do a little extra thinking. Via Crikey, more here.
  • Mobility stymied in Pentagon by signal dead spots - While mobile devices are being slowly assimilated and allowed in the Pentagon, the signal strength of wireless networks is close to zero. While they have rolled out some Wi-Fi networks, they require CAC access to log in. There is also a ban on using appropriated dollars for commercial Internet access which makes it hard for the Pentagon to find the money needed to complete a Wi-Fi rollout. Via FierceGovernmentIT, 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.