Government - Infoworld en 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 NSA denies knowing about Heartbleed flaw for years <p>The U.S. National Security Agency, which has a cybersecurity mission in addition to surveillance, has disputed a report that it knew about the Heartbleed security vulnerability for at least two years before other researchers disclosed the flaw this month.</p> Security Government Security Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:23:36 +0000 admin 240389 at Broadband faces a fork in the road <p>In 2010, Google kicked off a race to provide gigabit fiber networks to power users around the nation. Even so, four years later, about 28 percent of the nation's homes still have no broadband Internet connection at all.</p> Networking Internet Government Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:05:50 +0000 admin 240330 at FTC can sue companies hit with data breaches, court says <p>A federal court in New Jersey this week affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's contention that it can sue companies on charges related to data breaches, a major victory for the agency.</p> <p>Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District Court of New Jersey ruled that the FTC can hold companies responsible for failing to use reasonable security practices.</p> Security The Industry Standard Government Security Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:20:36 +0000 admin 240272 at Judge orders Mt. Gox's CEO to US for questioning <p>A judge in Texas has ordered Mark Karpeles, the CEO of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, to go to the U.S. to answer questions about its bankruptcy.</p> <p>Judge Stacey Jernigan summoned Karpeles to appear on April 17 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, according to a lawyer for the creditors of Mt. Gox.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Web Services Government Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:31:03 +0000 admin 239618 at Sauron's all-seeing Internet eye moves two steps closer to reality <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="Sauron's all-seeing Internet eye moves two steps closer to reality" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: DeviantArt/Selrond</p> </em></div><p>The universe hates me -- that's what it is. Last week my editor called.</p> Security Cringely Internet Privacy Government Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:00:56 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239426 at China calls US spying actions 'hypocrisy,' plans to beef up security <p>China's Ministry of National Defense blasted the U.S. over recent allegations that it has been spying on Huawei Technologies, and said it plans to shore up the nation's Internet security in response.</p> <p>Recent reports on U.S. spying activities against China, its businesses, and people, expose the U.S.'s "hypocrisy" and "tyranny," said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng at a press briefing on Thursday.</p> Security Cyber Crime Government Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:34:12 +0000 admin 239205 at The NSA's spying has in fact hurt U.S. cloud providers <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="The NSA's spying has in fact hurt U.S.</div> Cloud Computing Security The Industry Standard Edward Snowden Cloud Security Data Security Hacking Government Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 239168 at Report: Obama to unveil legislation to end NSA bulk phone data collection <p>The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is set to propose legislation that will end the bulk collection of phone data by the U.S. National Security Agency, according to a newspaper report.</p> <p>Under the proposed legislation, the NSA will stop collecting telephone metadata in bulk from telecommunications carriers, and the records will stay in the hands of the phone companies, the New York Times <a href="" target="_blank">reported</a>.</p> Security Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Government Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:54:12 +0000 admin 239027 at Government open data proves a treasure trove for savvy businesses <p>When President Barack Obama signed the Open Data Executive Order last May, many IT leaders applauded the White House's decision to release treasure troves of public data as part of an important government initiative for greater transparency.</p> <p>However, what many didn't bargain for was the state in which they'd find these once-buried data sets. "A dog's breakfast," "a train wreck," "a massive hairball" -- those are a few of the terms IT leaders have used to describe the vast volumes of public data now being made available to the general public.</p> Business Intelligence Data Mining Business Intelligence Government Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:08:53 +0000 admin 238937 at NSA hacked into servers at Huawei headquarters, reports say <p>The U.S. National Security Agency has hacked into Huawei Technologies servers, spied on communications of company executives, and collected information to plant so-called backdoors on equipment from the Chinese networking manufacturer, according to reports published over the weekend.</p> Networking Security Network Monitoring Government Networking Security Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:23 +0000 admin 238933 at Turkey blocks access to Twitter over content <p>Twitter offered workarounds to users in Turkey after the country blocked Twitter over its alleged refusal to remove some Web links.</p> <p>The move by the Turkish government was confirmed Friday by the country's telecommunications <a href="" target="_blank">regulator</a> and its <a href="" target="_blank">state news agency</a> Anadolu.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Twitter Internet Social Networking Government Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:57:08 +0000 admin 238863 at Relax, the U.S. hasn't lost the Internet <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="Relax, the U.S. hasn't lost the Internet" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: bluebearry</p> Networking Internet Government Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238804 at US government to end formal relationship with ICANN <p>The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration will end its formal relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in late 2015, with ICANN developing a new global governance model, the agency said Friday.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Internet Government Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:52:01 +0000 admin 238464 at Tech CEOs warn of threats to cloud, big data economy <p>CEOs at some of the nation's leading tech companies see boundless potential for big data and smarter, integrated systems to address major social challenges in areas ranging from medicine to education to transportation -- but at the same time, they worry that policymakers at home and abroad could stand in the way of that vision.</p> Business Intelligence Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Big Data Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Cloud Computing Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:06:19 +0000 admin 238417 at NSA denies Facebook snooping as Zuckerberg lays into Obama <p>An article that accused the National Security Agency of impersonating Facebook to spy on U.S. citizens has triggered a denial from the NSA and a reprimand for the U.S. president from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p> Security Facebook Internet Privacy Malware Social Networking Government Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:10:32 +0000 admin 238382 at At Cebit opening ceremony, data privacy takes center stage <p>Protecting privacy was on the minds of almost all the dignitaries assembled in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday night to open this year's Cebit trade show, the theme of which is "datability," or big data with responsibility.</p> <p>Referring to the accelerating accumulation of digital data, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "This digital world has to be given a legal framework, an underlying order. We're only at the beginning of that. National laws alone will not suffice."</p> Computer Hardware Security Data Security Internet Privacy Computer Hardware Government Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:04:35 +0000 admin 238031 at US court says NSA can't hold phone records beyond five years <p>The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled against a U.S. government request that it be allowed to hold telephone metadata beyond the current five-year limit as it may be required as evidence in civil lawsuits that question the data collection.</p> Security Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Government Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:53:05 +0000 admin 238035 at Trust issue looms large for tech companies capitalizing on personal data <p>As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.</p> <p>Tech vendors say that by collecting user data, they can offer better, personalized services. However, user wariness about exposing personal data may throw a wrench in plans for such new services, which are fueling growth not only for tech companies but, industry insiders say, the larger global economy as well.</p> Security Internet of things Internet Privacy Government Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:13:48 +0000 admin 237913 at Red Hat Enterprise Linux now on Amazon's GovCloud <p>RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) is now available on Amazon Web Services' GovCloud, an isolated part of Amazon's cloud designed for U.S. government agencies.</p> <p>GovCloud lets U.S. government users run sensitive workloads by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements, according to Amazon.</p> Cloud Computing Open Source Software Red Hat Amazon Web Services Linux SaaS Open Source Software Government Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:30:11 +0000 admin 237725 at