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Alleged NSA data dump contains sophisticated hacking tools

Cisco said that the sample files reveal an undetected software flaw in its products

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Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare

Many people from 'dangerous and volatile regions' work in the U.S. on H-1B visas, and Trump's plan would penalize these workers because of their birthplace.

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US says transfer of internet governance will go ahead on Oct. 1

Oversight of the internet’s domain name system functions will be transferred to a multistakeholder body despite fierce opposition from some lawmakers and advocacy groups

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Tech industry desperate for US action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

With Clinton and Trump both opposed to the trade deal, time is short for supporters of TPP

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South China Sea conflict could be IT’s Black Swan

The U.S. is completely dependent on Asia -- mostly China -- for hardware, and an on-going South China Sea territorial dispute could easily disrupt electronics manufacturing for the world

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U.S. intelligence to share supply chain threat reports with industry

Focus is expected to be on bad actors to pre-empt attacks, not just signatures in existing attacks

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City-funded broadband just lost a big fight in court

A U.S. appeals court has struck down an FCC decision meant to protect municipal networks

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White House software code-sharing policy gains steam

Government departments will share custom code, and some will be released to the public as open source software

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ISP groups appeal net neutrality court defeat

Broadband providers want a court of appeals to rehear their challenge to net neutrality after a three-judge panel upheld the rules in June

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FBI said to investigate possible hack of another Democratic Party organization

The intrusion is likely to raise fresh concerns about Russia trying to meddle in the U.S. elections

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Clinton tech agenda takes the Silicon Valley line

The Democratic nominee’s tech policy vision is exhaustive and detailed, aimed at spurring innovation

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NIST is no longer hot for SMS-based two-factor authentication

SMS-based authentication is easy to implement and accessible to many users, but it is also insecure. Now NIST plans to drop it from its two-factor authentication guidelines

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Reworked OpenSSL on track for government validation

Encryption vendor SafeLogic commits to sponsoring OpenSSL 1.1 through the arduous, government-required FIPS-140-2 validation process

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FBI probes DNC hack as suspicions of Russian involvement widen

Russia's involvement in trying to influence a US presidential election would be a 'watershed moment' in cyberespionage, a security expert said

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Trump: At odds with both tech industry and GOP platform

Technology provisions in the GOP platform extend an olive branch to an industry stung by Trump's antagonism

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Feds shut down tech support scammers, freeze assets

Scammers duped consumers out of millions using pop-up messages generated in search results on PCs and Macs

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Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

In the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data

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The FBI is using outdated IT to foil FOIA requests, lawsuit alleges

Its searches for documents often fail 'by design,' an MIT researcher says

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