The Creepy New Security Credit Score for Spotting "Insider Threats"

Almost two years after Edward Snowden climbed the world stage, the intelligence community is just now putting the finishing touches on a computer-driven system for catching insider threats– one that promises not just to detect future Snowdens and Mannings in the act, but also to predict who the next leakers will be. » 4/13/15 4:02pm 4/13/15 4:02pm

Guy Who Crashed Drone Into White House Lawn Was a Drunk Govt Employee

Remember how the White House was in lockdown yesterday morning after a rogue DJI Phantom drone crashed into the lawn? According to The New York Times, the perpetrator was National Geospatial Intelligence Agency employee who'd been drinking and droning at a nearby apartment. Which, hey, it happens. » 1/27/15 2:30pm 1/27/15 2:30pm

The White House Says Net Neutrality Laws Aren't Necessary

As the FCC prepares to finalize its net neutrality rules, the president has beome increasingly aggressive in its posture about how the process should work. On Thursday, the White House pushed back at the new Republican-led Congress by saying that net neutrality laws wouldn't be necessary. It should be up to the FCC. » 1/16/15 11:40am 1/16/15 11:40am

YouTube Stars Will Interview Obama After His State of the Union Address

Tweens! What are they thinking? What apps are they using? What drugs are they doing? Who are they voting for? Technically no one, because that's illegal—but Obama doesn't care. As with everything else in life, he just wants the tweens to like him. And to accomplish that, he's going to be interviewed by three… » 1/15/15 1:20pm 1/15/15 1:20pm

Obama Wants Hacking to Be a Form of Racketeering

In the wake of the Sony hack and yesterday's CENTCOM shitshow, President Obama just announced new cybersecurity legislation and related proposals for "securing cyberspace." This is a good thing, because America's cybersecurity kind of sucks. It's also a worrisome thing, since cybersecurity legislation like this stands… » 1/13/15 6:10pm 1/13/15 6:10pm

White House: Enough With the Damn Selfies Already

President Obama had a meeting with Prince William in the Oval Office today. Sitting under the a portrait George Washington, the two men chuckled and acted like old pals. They did not, however, take any selfies. And neither did any of the reporters present because they were explicitly asked not to take selfies in the… » 12/08/14 4:20pm 12/08/14 4:20pm

11 of the Most Embarrassing Government Websites

Just yesterday, the White House launched the US Digital Service, a new initiative with the express purpose of saving federal websites from imminent disaster/themselves. And after a brief audit of the state of our (unfortunate) digital affairs, we can officially say—well, they've got their work cut out for them. » 8/12/14 9:00am 8/12/14 9:00am

Did A "Field of Human Excrement" By The White House Kill A President?

If you remember President William Henry Harrison from U.S. history class at all, then you probably remember him as the poor fellow who died from pneumonia a month after delivering his inaugural address in freezing rain. Except was it really pneumonia after all? A New York Times article suggests a different theory, and… » 4/02/14 5:40pm 4/02/14 5:40pm

Huawei, Once Accused of Spying, Has Been Hacked by NSA Since 2009

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei decided to withdraw from U.S. business last year amid accusations that it built backdoors into American government and business systems. But while the U.S. government was publicly accusing the company of espionage, the NSA had already established its own backdoors into Huawei's… » 3/22/14 3:50pm 3/22/14 3:50pm

Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Skyscrapers

The Department of Agriculture doesn't usually meddle in architecture, but this week at an event at the White House, it announced an unusual project: A $1 million competition for high-rise buildings built out of wood—and another million that will go to educating architects about it. » 3/21/14 2:00pm 3/21/14 2:00pm

Report: The Next NSA Chief May Be a Civilian

The Hill reports today that the White House is considering appointing a civilian leader to run the NSA when current director Keith Alexander, who has led the agency since 2005, steps down in the spring. This could signal a changing view of the agency's role, and is seen by some as a promising if small first step… » 11/09/13 7:15pm 11/09/13 7:15pm