Government - Infoworld en Broadband bullies: Cable companies, lawmakers gang up on local providers <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Broadband bullies: Cable companies, lawmakers gang up on local providers" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>You love your broadband provider, don't you? Right down to the Netflix slowdowns and inscrutable surcharges. You'd never, ever consider switching to faster, cheaper public broadband run by your local municipality.</p> Networking Internet Government Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 246976 at US court says warrant for access to all content of email account is justified <p>A New York judge defended a controversial order that gave the government access to all content of the Gmail account of a target in a money laundering investigation, holding that courts have long recognized the practical need for law enforcement to seize documents if only to determine whether they fall within the warrant.</p> Security Internet Privacy Government Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:39 +0000 admin 246623 at U.S. lawmaker asks FTC to probe implications of Facebook 'big data' experiment <p>A U.S. senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize the use of big data by Facebook and other Internet companies, following a controversy over a Facebook experiment on some of its users.</p> <p>"... I think the industry could benefit from a conversation about what are the appropriate rules of the road going forward," Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia said in a statement.</p> The Industry Standard Federal Regulations Web Services Government Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:47:48 +0000 admin 245928 at Mobile phones and other electronic devices under higher scrutiny at airports <p>The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has said it may ask air travelers headed to the U.S. on direct flights to power up some electronic devices, including cell phones, as part of enhanced security measures at certain airports abroad.</p> <p>Under the regulations announced Sunday, powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft and the traveler may also undergo additional screening, TSA said.</p> Mobile Technology Security Smartphones Government Security Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:10:43 +0000 admin 245629 at Secret code indicates NSA tracks users of privacy tools, report says <p>A NSA spying tool is configured to snoop on an array of privacy programs used by journalists and dissidents, according to an analysis of never-before-seen code leaked by an unknown source.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">code</a>, published as part of <a href="" target="_blank">investigation</a> by two German broadcasters last week, contains tracking specifications for XKeyScore, a powerful NSA program that collects and sorts intercepted data.</p> Security Internet Privacy Government Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:31:06 +0000 admin 245601 at EFF sues the NSA to disclose use of software security flaws <p>The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a prominent digital privacy rights group, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Security Agency to get it to specify the extent to which it might exploit software security flaws.</p> Security Application Security Hacking Internet Privacy Vulnerability Assessment Government Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:51:41 +0000 admin 245454 at Update: Warrants needed for cellphone searches, Supreme Court rules <p>Police cannot generally search cellphones without a warrant when they are arresting someone, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision Wednesday that weighs heavily in favor of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights.</p> Internet Privacy Government Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:10:40 +0000 admin 245048 at Tech giants finally grow a spine and resist NSA spying <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="" alt="Tech giants finally grow a spine and resist NSA spying" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed</p></em></div> The Industry Standard Facebook Google Microsoft Internet Privacy Government Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 244174 at Update: EU starts in-depth probe into Apple's tax affairs <p>The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Apple's corporate tax affairs on suspicion that the company did not pay its fair share of income taxes.</p> <p>"It cannot be accepted that large companies do not pay their fair share in taxes," JoaquĆ­n Almunia, Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy, said Wednesday. Under the EU's state aid rules, national authorities cannot take measures allowing certain companies to pay less tax than they should if the tax rules of the EU member state were applied in a fair and non-discriminatory way, he said.</p> The Industry Standard Apple Government Technology Business Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:11:08 +0000 admin 244129 at Second Chinese army unit linked to corporate cyber espionage <p>A Chinese hacking group that has attacked U.S. and European aerospace and communications companies is almost certainly linked to the Chinese military, a U.S. Internet security company said Monday.</p> <p>"Putter Panda" has been active for several years, and a trail of Internet postings and domain registrations by one of its members points to it being part of Unit 61486 of China's People's Liberation Army, said Irvine, California-based CrowdStrike <a href="">in a 62-page report</a>.</p> Security Anti-spyware Cyber Crime Data Security Intrusion Detection Government Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:13:25 +0000 admin 244031 at Vodafone granted governments direct access to its networks for surveillance <p>Vodafone has granted governments direct access to its networks in several countries, allowing them to listen to all conversations on those networks, the company said Friday.</p> <p>Vodafone Group received lawful demands for assistance from a law enforcement agency or government authority in 29 countries between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, it said in its <a href="" target="_blank">first Law Enforcement Disclosure Report</a>.</p> Security Internet Privacy Government Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:33:50 +0000 admin 243889 at Toothless tigers: The state of Internet privacy laws <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="Toothless tigers: The state of Internet privacy laws" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Will tech CEOs ever be prosecuted for privacy violations? Can they? It's an interesting and somewhat depressing question, mainly because it doesn't seem possible in the United States.</p> Networking Facebook Internet Internet Privacy Social Networking Government Wed, 28 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 243186 at White House-led team to demo Internet of things systems <p>A White House-led effort to show that the <a href="" target="_blank">Internet of Things</a> can save lives and create jobs is about to put on a big show.</p> Networking Internet of things Internet Government Tue, 27 May 2014 11:54:53 +0000 admin 243130 at U.S. charges Chinese Army members with cyber espionage <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="" alt="U.S. Security Cyber Crime Hacking Phishing Government Mon, 19 May 2014 17:59:11 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 242754 at Cisco CEO tells Obama: NSA spying impacts technology sales <p>Cisco Systems' CEO John Chambers has written to U.S. President Barack Obama, asking for his intervention so that U.S. technology sales are not affected by a loss in trust as a result of reports of surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency.</p> Networking Security Cisco Systems Network Router Government Mon, 19 May 2014 11:44:14 +0000 admin 242721 at How Tom Wheeler's FCC plan will wreck your Internet <p><br />FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is the Michelangelo of lobbyists, and the proposal for Net neutrality voted upon by the Federal Communications Commission this week is his Sistine Chapel.</p> <p>Wheeler has managed to forward his proposal to kill Net neutrality in a country where almost everybody wants Net neutrality. He's doing it by exploiting the ignorance, gullibility and passivity of the public, the anti-regulation platform of the political right and truckloads of money from the industry he serves at the expense of the public.</p> Internet Federal Regulations Net Neutrality Government Mon, 19 May 2014 11:17:14 +0000 admin 242709 at FCC may tweak Net neutrality proposal after criticism, but still wants paid-for 'fast lanes' <p>After <a href="" target="_blank">intense criticism</a> over his <a href="" target="_blank">proposed Net neutrality rules</a>, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is revising his stance, according to reports from two top U.S. newspapers.</p> Networking Internet Net Neutrality Government Mon, 12 May 2014 14:42:00 +0000 admin 242331 at Bitcoin lacks 'credibility and trust,' SEC says <p>The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is leery of bitcoin. The agency issued a <a href="" target="_blank">lengthy warning</a> to investors on Wednesday about risks it sees in bitcoin and virtual currencies, much of which has been already iterated by bitcoin advocates or other regulators.</p><p>But the SEC, which is the top regulator for U.S. securities markets, also took a dig at bitcoin's short existence as another negative.</p> Security bitcoin E-commerce Cyber Crime Government Thu, 08 May 2014 12:02:39 +0000 admin 242147 at Emails shed light on Google's work with NSA <p>Two sets of emails obtained by <a href="" target="_blank">Al Jazeera America</a> under a Freedom of Information Act request suggest that Google's cooperation with the NSA (National Security Agency) may have been less coerced than the company has let on.</p> <p>The emails date back to June 2012 and chronicle communications between NSA director General Keith Alexander and Google executives Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin.</p> Security The Industry Standard Google Internet Privacy Government Security Tue, 06 May 2014 21:00:43 +0000 admin 242038 at Obama backs disclosing software vulnerabilities in most cases <p>The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama favors disclosing to the public vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software in the national interest, unless there is a national security or law enforcement need, the country's spy agency said.</p> Security The Industry Standard Application Security Vulnerability Assessment Government Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:21:26 +0000 admin 240404 at