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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 16, 2019 at 05:10. 3 comments

Treasury Secretary 'Not Comfortable' With Facebook's Cryptocurrency as Bipartisan Hostility Grows

Treasury Secretary 'Not Comfortable' With Facebook's Cryptocurrency as Bipartisan Hostility Grows

Facebook’s plan to launch its Libra cryptocurrency is facing considerable pushback from federal officials who’ve raised concerns about the prospect of it being used to skirt anti-money laundering rules and fund other illicit activities.

House Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee have already circulated draft legislation aimed at barring U.S. tech companies with annual revenue of...

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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 16, 2019 at 00:10. 21 comments

Trump's Racist Tweets Aren't Racist, Twitter Decides

Trump's Racist Tweets Aren't Racist, Twitter Decides

President Trump’s attack this Sunday on four first-term congresswomen was widely viewed as one of the most racist he’s ever produced. Not everyone agrees, however. Twitter, whose platform serves as a catapult for Trump’s bigoted attacks on migrants, has ruled internally that Trump’s words on Sunday were not racist at all—at least, insofar as its own policies are concerned.

Trump’s tweets took...

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Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 15:34.

U.S. Hired Cambridge Analytica's Parent Company to Undermine Terrorist Recruiters Online

U.S. Hired Cambridge Analytica's Parent Company to Undermine Terrorist Recruiters Online

New details have emerged regarding the no-bid State Department contract awarded last year to SCL Group, the parent company of the now-defunct data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.

Recently obtained documents show the controversial firm, known primarily today for acquiring data on millions of Facebook users without their consent, was paid nearly $500,000 to design an influence campaign...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 15:23.

Lawmakers Move to Block Companies From Using Face Recognition Without Your Consent

Lawmakers Move to Block Companies From Using Face Recognition Without Your Consent

On the heels of this week’s news that a major tech company had scraped nearly a million images off Flickr to help train a facial-recognition tool, Senate lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at prohibiting commercial users of facial recognition from collecting and re-sharing such data without the public’s consent.

The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Roy Blunt of...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 13:42.

Ransomware Behind Port of San Diego Cyberattack, Officials Say

Ransomware Behind Port of San Diego Cyberattack, Officials Say

The Port of San Diego is investigating a cyberattack involving ransomware that has impacting multiple services, limiting its ability to process parking permits and records requests and perform other business functions, authorities said.

The port issued a statement on Wednesday blaming a cyberattack on a disruption of its IT systems and that law enforcement had been alerted. The port also...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 11:42.

FCC Commissioners Now Literal Poster Boys for Big Telecom

FCC Commissioners Now Literal Poster Boys for Big Telecom

The Wireless Association (CTIA) would like you to know that it really appreciates all the hard work the FCC has been doing this year on behalf of its clients: AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, and all the other telecom giants.

To commemorate the FCC’s achievements—namely, diminishing its own authority to advocate on behalf of consumers against some of the world’s largest and most powerful...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 11:20.

Newly Empowered, Democrats Demand Ajit Pai Stop Withholding Documents

Newly Empowered, Democrats Demand Ajit Pai Stop Withholding Documents

A few months after Trump’s inauguration, an attorney appointed by the president to a top post at the Justice Department produced a memo in which he outlined the administration’s views on congressional oversight. The memo stated simply that, because Democrats were in the minority, they had no legal authority to conduct oversight of, or demand documents from, agencies such as the Federal...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 10:26.

HackerOne Reveals Which Security Bugs Are Making Its Army of Hackers the Most Bank

HackerOne Reveals Which Security Bugs Are Making Its Army of Hackers the Most Bank

As far back as 2015, major companies like Sony and Intel have sought to crowdsource efforts to secure their systems and applications through the San Francisco startup HackerOne. Through the “bug bounty” program offered by the company, hackers once viewed as a nuisance—or worse, as criminals—can identify security vulnerabilities and get paid for their work.

On Tuesday, HackerOne published a...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 04:32.

Top Antivirus Companies Hacked by a 'Credible Threat' Demanding a Measly $300 Grand, Security Firm Says

Top Antivirus Companies Hacked by a 'Credible Threat' Demanding a Measly $300 Grand, Security Firm Says

A hacking group, said to run in both English- and Russian-speaking circles online, have offered to sell internal documents and code allegedly stolen from the servers of three major anti-virus companies.

A hacking collective called “Fxsmsp” claimed responsibility for compromising the internal networks of the three companies, according to a report Thursday by the thread-research firm AdvIntel....

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 03:35.

U.S. Charges Seven Russians With Hacks Linked to Olympic Doping Scandal

U.S. Charges Seven Russians With Hacks Linked to Olympic Doping Scandal

U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against seven Russian intelligence officers accused of cyberattacks against agencies investigating Russian doping and the poisoning of a former British spy.

The Russian officials carried out “persistent and sophisticated computer intrusions” worldwide, with the aim of propagating disinformation around campaigns designed to shed a light on the...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 03:34.

Why Chelsea Manning Decided to Go to Jail in Protest

Why Chelsea Manning Decided to Go to Jail in Protest

Chelsea Manning is not accused of committing any new crime. But she is now a prisoner of the U.S. government once again and may remain one for up to 18 months.

After resisting questions by prosecutors during a secret hearing related to crimes for which she already served seven years in military prison, Manning was ordered into custody on Friday by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton and told...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 02:21.

FCC Blames Wireless Carriers for Outages After Hurricane Michael, Pretends It's Not Also to Blame

FCC Blames Wireless Carriers for Outages After Hurricane Michael, Pretends It's Not Also to Blame

An investigation by the Federal Communications Commission identified the causes of what it called “unacceptably slow restoration of wireless service” in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael , the Category 5 that ripped across Florida in October, killing dozens and causing some $25 billion in damage.

In some areas—such as Florida’s Bay and Gulf Counties—wireless service was down for over a week,...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 02:13.

Fired FBI Official Discovers Former Employer Sucks at Transparency

Fired FBI Official Discovers Former Employer Sucks at Transparency

After being fired by the attorney general in March, a former top FBI official requested records from the bureau citing the federal freedom of information law. However, he was quick to discover that the agency he led for a brief period last year isn’t really that into transparency or the rule of law after all.

Andrew McCabe, who was the acting FBI director following the firing of James Comey...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 02:03.

Teen Hacker Whom Apple Reported to FBI Just Wanted a Dang Job

Teen Hacker Whom Apple Reported to FBI Just Wanted a Dang Job

The lawyer for an Australian teenager who twice breached Apple’s internal security says he did so because he thought it might land him a job at the California-based tech giant, the Australian Associated Press reports.

The unidentified youth, who was reportedly 13 years old the first time he and an accomplice gained unauthorized access to the company’s network, had “no idea the seriousness of...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 15, 2019 at 00:20.

Mark Zuckerberg to Ignore Canadian Parliament's Subpoena, Maybe Get Found in Contempt

Mark Zuckerberg to Ignore Canadian Parliament's Subpoena, Maybe Get Found in Contempt

The hottest trend sweeping Washington right now has officially arrived in Silicon Valley: Defying lawmakers’ subpoenas is all the rage and Facebook apparently has no plans to be left out.

The Canadian Parliament’s ethics committee voted earlier this month to subpoena Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, requesting that the pair appear as witnesses for a hearing in Ottawa slated to...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019 at 22:40.

FBI Botched Interrogation of Former NSA Contractor Accused of Stealing Secrets

FBI Botched Interrogation of Former NSA Contractor Accused of Stealing Secrets

In the case of a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor accused of stealing a huge cache of classified documents, a federal judge this month agreed to toss out statements made by the contractor, Harold “Hal” Martin, on the basis that FBI agents failed to Mirandize him properly during four-hour interrogation, even though the suspect was not under arrest at the time.

Charged with 20...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019 at 21:17.

California Senator's Half-Baked Net Neutrality Bill Is a Dangerous Mess

California Senator's Half-Baked Net Neutrality Bill Is a Dangerous Mess

A key vote is taking place in California next week. Amid intense lobbying pressure, experts say it could eventually impact efforts by other states to reestablish net neutrality in the wake of the FCC’s decision to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order.

On Wednesday, a group of legislators in the California State Assembly will decide whether to advance a comprehensive net neutrality bill or an...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019 at 19:59.

Democrats' Net Neutrality Bill Would Force Ajit Pai to Actually Do His Job

Democrats' Net Neutrality Bill Would Force Ajit Pai to Actually Do His Job

Top congressional Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to restore the open internet rules repealed by the Trump administration in December 2017.

Democrats in the House and Senate introduced companions bills aimed at reinstating the Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibited broadband providers from blocking or throttling websites or offering preferred businesses higher-quality...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019 at 15:35.

Symantec Data Stolen by Hacker Is Fake, Company Says

Symantec Data Stolen by Hacker Is Fake, Company Says

Data including a purported list of clients was reportedly stolen from the leading antivirus maker Symantec in a breach the company has downplayed as having no ramifications.

The Guardian reported on the incident Thursday, saying the stolen data included passwords and Symantec account numbers. The list of ostensible clients included the Australian federal police, major banks, universities, and...

Dell Cameron Dell Cameron Jul 14, 2019 at 15:18.

FCC Official Wanted 'Veto' Power Over Video Featuring Ajit Pai and Pizzagate Pusher

FCC Official Wanted 'Veto' Power Over Video Featuring Ajit Pai and Pizzagate Pusher

Of all the controversies surrounding the FCC this year, Chairman Ajit Pai’s appearance in a Daily Caller video dancing alongside a woman who had pushed Pizzagate conspiracy theories was perhaps the easiest to avoid.

Despite Pai’s failings, it always seemed unlikely that he would intentionally position himself next to someone who advanced the theory that, predictably, led an InfoWars stan to...

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