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Maryland Governor Details 43 Possible Purple Line Cuts

Maryland's governor is detailing some of the potential cuts aimed at reducing Purple Line costs by $210 million.

Gov. Larry Hogan's office released a list of 43 potential cuts to the projected $2.45 billion light rail project late Monday. The proposed cuts include fewer elevators, fewer Maryland Transit Administration field offices, shorter platforms, and replacing plant material on the track bed with conventional crushed stone. Officials had already announced the possibility of cutting service frequency from 6 minutes to 7.5 minutes.

Hogan announced support for the 16-mile line between Bethesda and New Carrollton last month but the state would contribute $168 million instead of $700 million. Montgomery and Prince George's counties could spend another $50 million each.


Source: NBC Washington


Contractors Hacked Other Contractors and Agencies for Financial Gain

Twins Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter, 23, admitted breaking into a slate of systems, including State Department networks, while working as government contractors. They infiltrated State's networks to steal passport and visa information. Then, in February 2015, one of the brothers re-entered the network to access sensitive data on a federal investigator looking into his criminal activity.

Attackers Breached Systems Serving 8 Harvard Colleges, Offices

About half a month after discovering the intrusion, school officials are warning users that their university passwords might have been compromised. The attack struck systems at Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration, subsequently affecting eight different schools and administrative organizations at the university.

California Employee Faces Charges over College Hack and Drug Possession

Lacey Fowler, a human resources analyst at Cuesta College, allegedly sent sensitive data about school employees to a personal email account without authorization. College employees have remote access to the data, but Fowler, who was on medical leave, allegedly exceeded her access rights.

Canadian Health Authority -- 'Tearing' Apart Offices For Missing Thumb Drive -- Assigns 30 Workers for Notification

A USB flash drive containing a spreadsheet of employees' personal information has gone missing at Eastern Health. The USB drive was last used June 17 in an office within the human resources department of Newfoundland and Labrador's largest health authority.



DHS Group Wants Homeland Security to Share Database of Cyber Incidents with Private Sector

A Department of Homeland Security working group is coming up with reasons to create a "cyber incident data repository," in which federal agencies and key industries could anonymously share information about cyber risks. 

The effort builds on a 2015 White House executive order encouraging more cyberthreat information sharing between the public and private sectors, especially through new groups called "information sharing and analysis organizations," among other recent efforts to shore up federal cybersecurity, according to a DHS white paper released last week.

A cyber repository, according to the white paper, would share information between sectors "about the financial and operational impacts of cyber events, the effectiveness of existing cyber risk controls in addressing them and the new kinds of products and services that cybersecurity solutions providers should develop."

DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate established the "Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group" to determine the value of such a repository and how to incentivize participation in the repository, among other logistical details. The group includes chief information security officers, academic experts and cyber professionals. Their opinions are outlined in the white paper.