LAS VEGAS–Washington is looking for a few good hackers. Politicians and policymakers in the United States generally are not thought of as being the most technically savvy lot. It’s a reputation that’s well-earned in some cases, with some politicians boasting about their inability to use email and affinity for flip phones. But the lack of understanding[…]
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Black Hat keynoter Jennifer Granick imagined a day when a regulated Internet looks like a lot like television.
A major information-sharing bill that’s in the Senate right now would allow private organizations to share threat data with any government agency, something that the Department of Homeland Security says could have severe privacy implications and cause confusion and inefficiencies inside the federal government. The bill, known as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, would allow[…]
After years of discussions, disagreements, and digressions, the Do Not Track header is supported by all of the major browsers. But because there’s no real requirement for sites or advertisers to respect it, DNT is not as effective as it could be. Now, the EFF, Disconnect, and several other organizations are publishing a new DNT standard[…]
The U.S. Commerce Department this week agreed to rewrite the proposed U.S. implementation of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a decision lauded by security experts.
Hammertoss, a backdoor uncovered by researchers at FireEye, combines many previous communication venues used by APT29, a espionage outfit linked to the Russian government.
It’s been more than two years since Edward Snowden became a name as familiar to the millions of people who have no idea what the NSA actually does it is to the power players in Washington. In that time support for Snowden has waxed and waned, but the position of the White House on Snowden’s[…]
The National Security Agency says that once its legal authority to conduct Section 215 bulk telephone surveillance ends on Nov. 29, its analysts no longer will be allowed to access the database that holds all of the collected Section 215 records. In May, an appeals court ruled that bulk telephone metadata collection as performed by[…]
Officials at the United States Census Bureau say that the attackers who compromised one of the bureau’s databases last week did not get access to any confidential information, but only data such as names and phone numbers of organizations that submit information to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. The data breach appears to have hit only[…]
The commenting period regarding the Wassenaar Arrangement expired on Monday but the echo chamber around the largely maligned proposal continues to reverberate.