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Marriott Agrees to Stop Blocking Guest WiFi Devices

Marriott, which last year paid a $600,000 fine for blocking customers’ WiFi devices in its hotels, has said that it no longer will prevent guests from using personal hotspots or similar devices. The situation resulted from a complaint by a guest who stayed at Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland hotel in 2013 and found that he couldn’t[…]

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Government Demands for Verizon Customer Data Drop

Categories: Government, Privacy

The number of subpoenas, total orders and warrants that the United States government delivered to Verizon all dropped in the second half of 2014, according to the company’s latest transparency report. The giant telecom provider released data on Thursday that showed a decrease in subpoenas of about 10 percent from the first half of last[…]

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NSA Official: Support for Compromised Dual EC Algorithm Was ‘Regrettable’

In a new article in an academic math journal, the NSA’s former director of research says that the agency’s decision not to withdraw its support of the Dual EC_DRBG random number generator after security researchers found weaknesses in it and questioned its provenance was a “regrettable” choice. Michael Wertheimer, the former director of researcher at[…]

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GE Ethernet Switches Have Hard-Coded SSL Key

There is a hard-coded private SSL key present in a number of hardened, managed Ethernet switches made by GE and designed for use in industrial and transportation systems. Researchers discovered that an attacker could extract the key from the firmware remotely. The vulnerability exists in a number of GE Ethernet switches, including the GE Multilink[…]

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