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Security shield slingers are loving Prez Trump's cybersecurity order

US President Donald Trump's cybersecurity executive order, signed on Thursday after a series of delays, will make federal agency heads accountable for protecting their networks. On the other side of the fence, computer security product makers have broadly welcomed the policy, which also calls on government and industry to …
John Leyden, 16 May 2017

O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines

Canadians have had a mildly frustrating week as a pair of IT problems derailed broadband connections, blacked out TVs, cut off phone lines, and halted buses in America's hat. Nationwide telco provider Shaw said a botched software update was behind an outage that left thousands of customers across the country without home …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2017
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Just how screwed is IT at the Home Office?

The departure of UK Home Office chief information officer Sarah Wilkinson after two years at the helm comes at an interesting – and crucial – time for the department. Unlike many other Whitehall bodies, the Home Office is responsible for a number of mission- and life-critical programmes, a number of which are in the process of …
Kat Hall, 28 Apr 2017
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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

Updated California is probing Uber for allegedly failing to ditch more than 150 sloshed drivers who picked up passengers using its dial-a-ride app. The US state's public utilities commission this week declared it "seeks to investigate and address Rasier’s safety culture and zero-tolerance policies and procedures" – Raiser being Uber's …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2017
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Brexit factor lacking in Industrial Strategy, say MPs

The government has failed to account for the Brexit factor in its long awaited Industrial Strategy, according to a report by MPs today. The Science and Technology Committee welcomed the government’s Autumn Statement pledge of an additional £2bn a year of science and research funding. However, it said that should be viewed as …
Kat Hall, 12 Apr 2017

UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

Exclusive The UK government has inked a deal with Microsoft to prevent Whitehall from paying an extra £15m in licence fees due to a post-Brexit price hike. After the referendum, Microsoft said it would increase on-premise licensing by 13 per cent and cloud licensing and services by 22 per cent. It blamed "sustained currency changes" …
Kat Hall, 11 Apr 2017
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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

Twitter has sued the US Department of Homeland Security over its demands that the microblogging site unmask an anonymous anti-Trump account. In a filing [PDF] with the Northern California US District court, Twitter asks that the DHS be enjoined from requesting identifying information on a "rogue" Twitter account said to be …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Apr 2017
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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

Update US cable giant Comcast is looking to calm public outrage over its newfound ability to sell the browsing histories of its customers. In a post to the company's corporate policy blog, chief privacy officer Gerard Lewis vowed not to take advantage of the recently passed legislation limiting the FCC's ability to protect consumer …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Mar 2017

US cops, firefighters to get new emergency wireless network – AT&T to get $6.5bn

US phone giant AT&T has landed a $6.5bn contract to build a private wireless broadband network for emergency responders. The FirstNet system will be a nationwide network that will allow police, firefighters and paramedics to transmit data and communications across multiple regions and jurisdictions without worrying about the …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2017

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

The UK government body created to save cash buying common goods and services centrally has so far provided "dismal" savings for the taxpayer, the Committee of Public Accounts said in a report today. Crown Commercial Service was supposed to centralise £13.4bn of annual central government spend and to carry out direct buying …
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2017

Error prone, insecure, inevitable: Say hello to today's facial recog tech

Facial recognition technology represents a valuable, and likely inevitable, method of identification for cops and Feds. Unfortunately, it's largely unregulated, error prone, and insecure. During a hearing held by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2017
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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

Last week, a proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against the companies responsible for developing and installing MiDAS, the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System. The complaint accuses Colorado-based Fast Enterprises, North Carolina-based SAS Analytics, and Illinois-based CSG Government Solutions of negligent product …

Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

Analysis Amid the Trump administration's tough talk on immigration and executive orders calling for border barriers and immigration bans, recent anecdotes describing a more confrontational entry process among travelers arriving in the US appear to confirm expectations set by the President's rhetoric. Software engineer Celestine Omin's …

In a loving tribute to its fiery washing machines and Note 7... Samsung management explodes

Samsung supremo Lee Jae-yong has been formally charged with bribery and embezzlement – sparking the dramatic shut down of the tech giant's top strategic office. Lee, aka Jay Y Lee, was indicted Tuesday by the South Korea special prosecutor's office for his alleged role in a high-profile bribery scandal that has already led to …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2017

Uncle Sam needs you... to debug, improve Dept of Defense open-source software at code.mil

The US Department of Defense wants you to contribute unclassified code to software projects developed in support of national security. Toward that end, it has launched Code.mil, which points to a Github repository intended to offer public access to code financed by public money. But at the moment, the DoD's repo lacks any …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Feb 2017

US 'security' biz trio Sentinel Labs, Vir2us, SpyChatter accused of lying about certification

Three US companies have settled with the FTC after they were accused of lying about the security safeguards on their customer information. Sentinel Labs, SpyChatter, and Vir2us have all agreed to adhere to the US trade regulator's settlement terms after they were formally charged with falsely claiming certification with the …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Feb 2017
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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

Analysis An Illinois judge has rejected a warrant sought by the US government to force everyone in a given location to apply his or her fingerprints to any Apple electronic device investigators happen to find there, a ruling contrary to a similar warrant request granted last year by a judge in California. Under current law, the …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Feb 2017
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Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

Interview In the months ahead, Idaho National Laboratory aims to open-source software for analyzing the quality of cow manure. "It runs a whole bunch of scenarios and numbers and determines what is the most profitable use of the manure that comes out of cows," explained Paul Berg, senior research and development software licensing …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2017

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