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Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs  -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route  -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.

GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

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Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

OzVision

Alan Avidan, President, indicates that OzVision is pushing the forefront of hosted video services for dealers and users. The company’s government market includes military bases, government facilities, and national monuments such as the Washington Monument, the State of Liberty and Ford’s Theater. Avidan calls for dealers and central services to join in the hosted video movement, which he describes as the future of the industry.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.

WinMagic partner Carolina Advanced Digital wins new acquisition contract for U.S. Federal agencies

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, May 4 – WinMagic, Inc. has announced that one of its longest-standing partners, Carolina Advanced Digital, has won a potentially lucrative contract enabling the sale of WinMagic encryption and key management solutions to U.S. federal agencies.

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APWG Q4 report: Phishers target retail sites while crimeware proliferation explodes

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Cambridge, MA, May 4 – The APWG reports in its new Phishing Activity Trends Report that during the 4th quarter of 2014, a record number of crimeware variants were detected, a strategy of overwhelming proliferation of variations designed to defeat antivirus software. Meanwhile, phishers increasingly targeted retail and service sites, hoping to take advantage of the burgeoning numbers of online shoppers.

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Joseph Demarest named associate executive assistant director for the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response, and services branch

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Washington, May 1 – Director James B. Comey has named Joseph M. Demarest, Jr. to the newly established position of associate executive assistant director for the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch (CCRSB). Director Comey created the position to address the FBI’s growing and vital work in cyber and criminal investigations, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. Most recently, Demarest served as assistant director of the FBI Cyber Division.

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Lookingglass Cyber Threat Intelligence Group links Russia to cyber espionage campaign targeting Ukrainian government and military officials

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Arlington, VA, April 28 – Lookingglass Cyber Solutions has released a report by its Cyber Threat Intelligence Group (CTIG) corroborating the Ukrainian government and Security Service of Ukraine’s (SBU) claims that “Operation Armageddon” is a Russian state-sponsored cyber espionage campaign targeting Ukrainian government and military of

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