Articles about Government

US Supreme Court

There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

Allowing Uncle Sam to seize emails stored in Microsoft's Irish data centre would violate foreign data protection laws and risk setting a damaging precedent, the US Supreme Court has been told. In briefs filed in the long-running dispute, IBM and international campaign groups argued that the government does have other ways of …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jan 2018

Digital mortgage service sounds handy, right? Oh, it's through UK.gov's Verify

The UK government is cracking on with plans for a digital mortgage service to be launched this year, which will allow borrowers to sign mortgage deeds online via the Government Digital Service's deeply flawed Verify identity programme. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: "[The …
Kat Hall, 19 Jan 2018

Sad-sack Anon calling himself 'Mr Cunnilingus' online is busted for DDoSing ex-bosses

An electronics technician pleaded guilty on Wednesday to orchestrating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a former employer and other organizations – and to unlawfully possessing a firearm as a former felon. From July 2015 through around March 2017, according to a plea agreement, John Kelsey Gammell, of New Mexico …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jan 2018
Outsourcing

'No evidence' UK.gov has done much to break up IT outsourcing

The scandal around Carillion has put the UK government's addiction to outsourcing in the spotlight. Yet it is a practice that has been going on for many decades - not least in public sector IT. For some years now the government has made noises about breaking away from the "IT oligopoly" – a phrase coined by former Cabinet …
Kat Hall, 17 Jan 2018
malware_security_648

Feds may have to explain knowledge of security holes – if draft law comes into play

The US House of Representatives this week approved a bill that, given further legislative and executive branch support, will require the American government to account for its handling of software and hardware vulnerabilities. The "Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act," sponsored by Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Jan 2018

Yay, it's power play day: Conaway prays USA says 'no way' to Huawei

A law bill introduced into the US House of Representatives would, if passed, ban Uncle Sam's agencies from using stuff made by Chinese mobile giants ZTE and Huawei. The proposed legislation, drafted by Rep Mike Conaway (R-TX), would bar government staffers from purchasing or operating any hardware, software, or services from …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018

Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads

A study in the US has found that, where they're still allowed, municipally-owned broadband networks are likely to deliver customers a better value than what the cable giants offer. The research (PDF), conducted by Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, found that over a four-year period, homes that …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2018
Man shreds documents. Photo by Shutterstock

Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police. A report by Bloomberg today claimed the dial-a-ride broker built a tool called Ripley to remotely lock and remove potentially incriminating data from machines in …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jan 2018
Conservative Party Facebook

Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

Another day, another embarrassing gaffe for the Tories. This time it seems someone forgot to renew the UK Conservative Party's website's security certificate. "Your connection is not private. Attackers might be trying to steal your information from www.conservatives.com (for example, passwords, messages or credit cards)," web …
Kat Hall, 8 Jan 2018

US capital's surveillance cam network allegedly hijacked by Romanian ransomware suspects

Two of the five unnamed individuals cuffed this month in Romania on suspicion of spreading ransomware face US computer crime charges – for their alleged role in taking over 123 out of 187 networked computers that control Washington DC's CCTV cameras earlier this year. According to Europol, which led the arrests, this week, two …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Dec 2017

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

Wealthy individuals and businesses can direct their underlings to ice the Dom Perignon and fuel their private jets in celebration of the US Senate's expected passage of the Republican tax bill on Wednesday. It would have happened Tuesday but for a procedural problem that required two provisions to be removed from the bill. The …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Dec 2017
Microsoft building in Vancouver

Last week: Microsoft accused of covering up rape claim. This week: Microsoft backs anti-cover-up law ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

About a week after weathering a storm of negative headlines for seemingly bungling an allegation of rape against one of its workers, Microsoft has found just the tonic to restore its squeaky clean image. The Redmond software giant has endorsed US Senate bill 2203, aka the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2017
Facebook emojis

Facebook: Who needs millennials? The cops love us more than ever!

Facebook says police and government agents' requests for users' information as well as takedown demands are increasing. The social network's latest transparency report, published Monday and covering the first half of 2017, noted that, compared to the back half of last year… Law enforcement requests for account data climbed …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2017

SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

Embattled Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab has taken the American government to a US federal court to overturn Uncle Sam's ban on its antivirus tools. The Moscow-based developer claimed the US Department of Homeland Security acted illegally when, back in September, the department publicly told federal agencies …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Dec 2017
keyboard with 'Help' key

'Subdued' year for poor old Capita means more 'restructuring' needed

Outsourcing giant Capita is broadening its "restructuring" programme (AKA offshoring and automating more jobs), while reporting that 2017 has been a "subdued" year for the biz in a trading update today. This time last year, Capita told staff before Christmas it planned to axe 2,250 roles, including sending more jobs to India …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2017
facebook_shock_648

Facebook announces ad revenue reroute: When Irish eyes are crying

Facebook has said it will no longer send advertising revenue through Ireland, and instead pay taxes in the countries where profits are earned. In a major overhaul today, the firm said it will make the change in every country outside the US where it has an office. By Dave Wehner, chief financial officer, said: "We believe that …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2017
FCC

FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

After supposedly reversing course to assist New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's investigation into fake comments submitted during the net neutrality comment process, the Federal Communications Commission has doubled back on itself. In a letter, obtained by Politico, sent to Schneiderman on Thursday, FCC general …
shutterstock_196823585-wafer

Would-be startup crew charged with stealing employer's tech

Four former Applied Materials employees have been charged with stealing the company's chipmaking technology to use as the basis for their own startup. The US Department of Justice says that Liang Chen, Donald Olgado, Wei-Tung Hsu, and Robert Ewald conspired to steal designs and prototypes of Applied Materials metal organic …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Dec 2017

Create a news alert about Government, or find more stories about Government.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018