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11/15/2021
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Nevada CIO out after job 'altered dramatically'

Nevada CIO Alan Cunningham announced Sunday that he’s stepping down from the role later this month, citing unspecified changes to his position. “After having my job responsibilities altered dramatically I have decided to resign from the State of Nevada,” Cunningham wrote in a short post to his LinkedIn profile. Cunningham was outspoken about Nevada's IT posture during his year-plus as CIO, and often blunt in his assessments, saying in March that the state was several years behind its neighbors. Benjamin Freed reports.


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In a report made public Friday, the General Accounting Office, Congress' auditing arm, found that even as K-12 schools face a slew of online threats like ransomware, denial-of-service attacks, email scams and "Zoombombing," the U.S. Education Department hasn't updated its cybersecurity planning documents for grade schools since 2010. The GAO recommended that the department consult with CISA about revising its plans. Ben has more.


Miami to the moon?

The City of Miami plans to pay out city residents using $21 million in cryptocurrency that it’s been stashing away since August, Mayor Francis Suarez said last week. The plan, which will potentially require the creation of digital wallets for all of Miami’s 442,000 residents, is the latest step in the city government’s larger plans to promote bitcoin. The city has been building up its crypto reserves since the launch of MiamiCoin, a bespoke digital token, that the city gets a cut of, every time one is minted. Ryan Johnston has details.


Hackers exploit FBI server to send hoax emails

Hackers sent a barrage of fake emails over the weekend using an FBI email account, the agency acknowledged, to falsely warn recipients that an attacker stole their information. The FBI said that the hackers temporarily broke in via a software misconfiguration for its Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal that the bureau uses to communicate with state and local law enforcement agencies. As many as 100,000 messages were sent, though the bureau said no personal identifying information was compromised by the incident. Tim Starks has the story for CyberScoop.


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