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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

Comment It takes time for society, and the law, to catch up with technological advances. But based on this morning's hearing at the US Senate Intelligence Committee, the law is rapidly catching up with the main purveyors of what we have all come to call "social media." It's been six years since Facebook went public; five since Twitter …
Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey at a senate hearing

Not so much changing their tune as enabling autotune: Facebook, Twitter bigwigs nod and smile to US senators

Facebook and Twitter executives faced pointed questions from American lawmakers this morning over what they were doing to prevent foreign agents manipulating their sprawling online estates. Appearing at a hearing of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter boss Jack …
Big bill

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

For years, internet engineers have predicted that the cost of an ever-smaller pool of IPv4 addresses would cause people to shift to the internet's new IPv6 protocol. Well, it finally appears to be happening. Speaking at the annual conference of Australian Network Operators late last week, the managing director of ISP Aussie …
evidence's Wayback Machine is legit legal evidence, US appeals court judges rule

Analysis The Wayback Machine's archive of webpages is legitimate evidence that may be used in litigation, a US appeals court has decided. The second circuit ruling [PDF] supports a similar one from the third circuit – and, taken together, the decisions could pave the way for the Internet Archive's library of webpages to be considered …

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

We have some good news. The number one place in the world if you work in tech is Amsterdam. And that's on criteria ranging from broadband speed to salary to the number of electric car charging points. But before you pack your bags and book a flight to Schiphol, however, you should consider that while the city famous for its …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2018

Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

Apple will require all apps developers to include a privacy policy that outlines what they will do with their users' data, starting October 3. The new policy was announced this week on the company's developer forum and will affect all apps, including those under testing. As well as requiring a policy to exist, Apple also notes …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2018
upside down

US government upends critical spying case with new denial

A closely watched case covering the constitutionality of a spying program has been thrown into disarray after a US government lawyer claimed an assertion at the heart of the lawsuit simply never occurred. Speaking in oral argument [mp3] at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week, the government representative told judges …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2018

Europe's GDPR, Whois shakeup was supposed to trigger spam tsunami – so, er, where is it?

Updated When new European privacy legislation forced internet registries and registrars to withhold the ownership details of internet domain names, a number of groups – including intellectual property lawyers and cybercrime experts – warned it would result in a jump in spam and online fraud. "A lot of people who are using this data …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2018
Businessman boxer

We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

Analysis We've discovered another reason why IPv6 is, right now, a poor substitute to IPv4: fisticuffs have broken out over the protocol on the internet's trunk roads, causing traffic jams. In a report this month by Qrator Labs, researchers dug into what they are calling national internet reliability: the ability of a country's …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Aug 2018
Shouting match

Net neutrality haters spam Californians with annoying robocalls

The California State Assembly is voting today on a revised net neutrality bill for the state – one that would likely create a standard that other states will adopt. Needless to say, cable companies – who successfully lobbied to kill such rules at the federal level – are not excited about the move. In fact, the bill at the …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Aug 2018

Facebook admits it was 'too slow' to ban Myanmar regime

Analysis Facebook has banned 20 organizations and individuals in Myanmar, including the country's commander-in-chief, following a United Nations report formally accusing the military regime of serious human rights abuses. Despite having received years of complaints about how the authorities were using Facebook to spread hateful …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Aug 2018

Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

Updated The CEO of Epic Games, maker of smash-hit shoot-em-up Fortnite, continues to savage Google for disclosing a security hole in his software. Calling the ad giant "irresponsible" for publicly disclosing the vulnerability on Friday, Tim Sweeney posted a string of angry tweets over the weekend and into Monday accusing the search …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Aug 2018

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

Everyone knows that America's big cities and especially San Francisco live in their own financial bubbles. Average rent in the City by the Bay is nearly four times greater than the US average, coming in at $3,750 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. The cost of living is 80 per cent higher than the rest of America. A typical …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Aug 2018

As porn site pounds hard on piracy laws, Cox pulls out prematurely

Analysis The US Supreme Court has been asked to take a good hard look at a critical piece of internet law that shields ISPs and websites from legal action when their users pirate copyrighted stuff. Porn studio Ventura Content has asked the court to review the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for the first time since it was …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Aug 2018
Rochester on the map

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

Analysis A deep dive into internet access availability in one US city has revealed – again – that competition for broadband is dreadful and far below what official figures claim. In a report [PDF] put together by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, investigators looked at real-world internet offerings within a 30-mile radius of …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2018
Reality Winner

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

A former NSA translator who leaked a classified report into attempted Russian hacking of US voting systems has been sentenced to 63 months behind bars. Reality Winner received the longest sentence ever imposed for the unauthorized release of government information to the media. Her defenders argue she should be hailed as a …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Aug 2018

Everyone screams patch ASAP – but it takes most organizations a month to update their networks

The computer industry may have moved to more frequent software security updates – but the rest of the world still takes a month or longer to patch their networks. That is one of the findings in a new report by enterprise network bods at Kollective. The biz spoke to 260 IT heads in the UK and US about their systems and security …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2018

Apache's latest SNAFU – Struts normal, all fscked up: Web app framework needs urgent patching

Another critical security hole has been found in Apache Struts 2, requiring an immediate update. The vulnerability – CVE-2018-11776 – affects core code and allows miscreants to pull off remote code execution against vulnerable servers and websites. It affects all versions of Struts 2, the popular open-source framework for Java …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Aug 2018

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

An ISP based in Texas has complained to a judge that the music industry to trying to turn internet providers into the "copyright police." "This case is an attempt by the US recording industry to make Internet service providers its de facto copyright enforcement agents," reads the latest filing [PDF] in an ongoing court case …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018

Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

Technology companies are fighting a behind-the-scenes battle in California to undermine new privacy legislation before it comes into effect. The California Consumer Privacy Act was approved back in June following an extraordinary game of chicken between grassroots campaigners and lawmakers. It will give new rights to the state …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018
wall punch

Internet overseer continues wall-punching legal campaign

The organization that oversees the internet's naming and numbering systems is continuing its embarrassing European legal campaign, insisting for a third time that the German courts have got it wrong. On Friday, ICANN appealed [PDF] the latest court decision against it, this time insisting that the Appellate Court of Cologne, …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018

Mozilla accuses FCC of abdicating its role, ignoring comments in net neutrality lawsuit

Mozilla has filed its legal brief against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing the telecoms regulator of abdicating its role, ignoring public comments and failing to understand how the internet actually works. The lawsuit is one of several ranged against the FCC for its controversial decision to tear up …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Aug 2018

The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

Remember when Pokemon Go suddenly became a thing and idiots ran off cliffs, into trees, through hospitals, and across lanes of traffic, causing plenty of accidents? At the time it was hailed as the future of augmented reality – people seeing and catching imaginary creatures while out in the real world thanks to smartphone …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Aug 2018
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Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

Google has responded to an outcry over how it continues to keep a record on people's whereabouts – even when they specifically opt-out – by changing the word of its misleading help page. Earlier this week, researchers revealed that even if you went to Google's "location history" setting and turned it off, its most common iOS, …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Aug 2018
Ajit Pai

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing

Net neutrality advocates were left furious on Thursday that there wasn't more fury directed at the chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at Congressional hearing despite, the fact he killed off net neutrality several months ago. "Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2018

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