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People wearing biohazard suits after nuclear explosion

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

Analysis While staying at a Marriott hotel in San Antonio, Texas, US government staffers left nuclear material, recovered from a non-profit research lab, in a rented SUV overnight. The following morning, these individuals – described as "security experts" at the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory – found their Ford …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Jul 2018

Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

Today's reshuffle of UK politicos sees Jeremy Wright – a man whose parody account has seen more activity in 12 hours than his real one has in the past three years – appointed Secretary of Fun. Wright, a lawyer by training, takes the reins at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from Matt Hancock, who has been …
Rebecca Hill, 10 Jul 2018
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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

Google is not advising the British government on AI, the Ministry of Fun assured this week, following the appointment of Google's Demis Hassabis as an advisor on AI. The US ad, search and cloud biz acquired Hassabis' company DeepMind four years ago and he has since been a Google employee. In the words of The Guardian, Hassabis …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2018
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UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts

The UK government has revealed plans to rate outsourcers on "social value", require them to publish KPIs and meet higher cybersecurity standards to tackle the fallout caused by the collapse of Carillion. In a speech at the Reform think tank in London today, Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington announced measures the …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jun 2018

Script kiddie goes from 'Bitcoin Baron' to 'Lockup Lodger' after DDoSing 911 systems

A 23-year-old Arizona man was thrown in the cooler this week after he admitted being the not-quite-infamous website-rattling "Bitcoin Baron". Randall Charles Tucker was given a 20-month sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of felony intentional damage to a protected computer. He had faced as …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2018

Silk road adviser caught, Kaspersky sues Dutch paper, and Vietnam's tech clampdown

Roundup This week included a big Patch Tuesday bundle, a fresh fine for Yahoo!, and yet another Intel bug that potentially exposes sensitive kernel information. Here are a few of the other security stories that broke this week. Kaspersky hungry for some Dutch crunch Eugene Kaspersky says he's sick of bad news coverage, and he's …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2018
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US senators get digging to find out the truth about FCC DDoS attack

Senate Democrats are pressing government officials to explain their claims on election tampering and cyberattacks. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is heading up a pair of efforts to look into the FCC's claim that its comment system was hit by a DDoS attack in 2014 and 2017, and to examine whether the US Election Assistance Commission …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2018
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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

The city of Seattle is moving to strike its plan to tax large businesses and use the money to address the Emerald City's chronic homelessness problems. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Monday night the city was already considering legislation that would overturn its earlier decision to impose a headcount tax on large businesses …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jun 2018
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Hmmm, we can already seize your stuff, so why can't we shoot down your drone, officials mull

The US government is worried about its capacity for discrimination, at least with respect to drones. It wants to extend its military's right to seize, surveil, or intercept drones to civilian agencies, the FBI, and criminal prosecutors. Rather than let Uncle Sam's armed forces have all the fun, why not give federal busybodies …
The Transamerica pyramid

Here's a transaction Transamerica regrets: Transgressors swipe retirees' personal info

Updated Financial house Transamerica has admitted criminals swiped some of its customers' sensitive personal information, including social security numbers. In a formal notice sent to the California Attorney General's office this month, the US insurance and investment giant said an "unauthorized" person was able to get into its …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jun 2018

You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

Chinese telco giant Huawei is hitting back at America's comms watchdog, the FCC, over its proposal to ban the telco from key US markets. The hardware vendor has filed a response to the regulator's proposal that Huawei, ZTE, and other China-based vendors are banned from doing business with any US telco that wants to get funds …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Jun 2018
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It's all true – I bribed big city's IT boss with fat bathroom bungs, admits tech biz chief exec

The owner of an IT supplier has admitted bunging a US city's tech boss cash bribes to bag lucrative service contracts worth millions of dollars. Parimal Mehta yesterday pleaded guilty in an eastern Michigan district court to one count of federal program bribery. He confessed he paid Detroit's director of departmental …
Shaun Nichols, 31 May 2018
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Court says 'nyet' to Kaspersky's US govt computer ban appeal

A US district court has upheld the American government's ban of Kaspersky Lab software from computers of federal agencies. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, sitting in Washington, DC, issued a ruling Wednesday to dismiss the two lawsuits Kaspersky had filed against Uncle Sam and the Department of Homeland Security challenging both …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2018
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Law forcing Feds to get warrants for email slurping is sneaked into US military budget

The US House of Representatives has once again advanced a law bill that would always require the FBI and cops to obtain a warrant from a judge before forcing email providers to hand over people's messages. The latest incarnation of what was the Email Privacy Act comes in the form of an amendment to the National Defense …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2018
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'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

Canada's top auditor has issued a scathing postmortem report on Phoenix: the nation's disastrous attempt to overhaul a key government IT system. In its comprehensive dossier outlining the nine-year-long fiasco to replace the software that handled the country's payroll system for government workers, the Office of the Auditor …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2018
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US-China trade war is back on: White House repeats threat to tax Middle Kingdom imports

US President Donald Trump has put a missile, in the form of trade sanctions, back on the launchpad, started fueling it, and programmed its computer to strike Beijing. The countdown clock for liftoff is set for mid-June. In March, America's commander in chief threatened to increase the tax on Chinese imports, which would affect …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2018
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Apple will start coughing up government app takedown demand stats

In its latest Transparency Report, covering government demands for customer and device data in the second half of 2017, Apple said that it will soon enumerate government app takedown requests. "Starting with the Transparency Report period July 1 - December 31 2018, Apple will report on Government requests to take down Apps …
Thomas Claburn, 26 May 2018
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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

Three men were this week indicted for their alleged roles in a fatal police "swatting" of a home in Kansas, USA. Tyler Barriss, Casey Viner, and Shane Gaskill will all face charges after a district court grand jury ruled (PDF) to indict them on multiple counts related to the December 28, 2017 death of Andrew Finch – who was …
Shaun Nichols, 24 May 2018

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