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US Treasury goes after IT shops for funneling cash to North Korea

The US Treasury department is placing new sanctions on two IT companies it believes to be sending money to North Korea. The ruling bars two companies, China Silver Star and Volasys Silver Star, and one person, Jong Song Hwa, from owning any assets in the US or doing business with any US companies or contractors. Based in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2018
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US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row

Updated An expansion of sanctions on companies connected with Russian government cyberattacks has pulled in two US tech companies. Smart devices security specialist Embedi, based in Berkeley, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) cyber security firm ERPScan, based in Palo Alto – both in California – were added to the official …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jun 2018
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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

The US government will let ZTE use American-made electronics again, as the result of a settlement following the Chinese smartphone-maker exporting technology to Iran and North Korea. The deal, announced on Thursday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, will require ZTE to cough up a $1bn fine, and place another $400m in escrow …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jun 2018
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Zero Tech Emitted: ZTE halts assembly lines after US govt sanctions cripple mobile maker

US sanctions against Chinese mobe maker ZTE have forced the company to go into zombie mode as it can’t get the electronic components it needs from American suppliers. In a filing on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Wednesday, the mobile maker, ranked sixth or seventh in the world by volume depending on whose figures you trust, …
Iain Thomson, 9 May 2018

U Vlad bro? Docker accidentally cuts off Ukraine

DevOps darling Docker accidentally cut off the entire country of Ukraine earlier this week following an overzealous effort to enforce US sanctions against Russia. On Tuesday, the open platform's users based in the Eastern European country started posting to Docker's support forums complaining that they were hitting a block to …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jul 2017
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Banks could be stung for €5bn under GDPR, screams latest report on industry readiness

European banks could face fines totalling €4.7bn in the three years after General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, according to a report from data security solutions firm AllClear ID. The latest in a string of sales pitches reports on businesses' preparedness for GDPR to land in The Reg's inbox says that banks are …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jun 2017
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IT in Iran: Servers sold on the grey market, and the rule of FOSS

The eXpat Files Usually for the eXpat Files we talk to folk who have moved to another country. But this week, Vulture Weekend has varied things a little to chat to 28 year-old Roozbeh Shafiee from Tehran, Iran. As readers doubtless know, Iran restricts internet access and hasn't always been keen on freedom of assembly. It's also the subject …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2015
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Barry Obama declares national emergency over foreign hackers

US President Barack Obama has signed a new executive order authorizing economic sanctions against overseas individuals who are believed to have participated in online attacks or espionage. The order declares the prevalence of foreign-launched internet attacks a "national emergency" and cites the International Emergency …
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PayPal settles over WMD sanction-breaking transaction claims

PayPal has agreed to a $7.6m settlement with the US Treasury after allegedly processing transactions for parties including a nuclear weapons proliferator. The settlement agreement, made on March 23, was reached specifically between PayPal and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – an organisation whose activities …
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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

North Korea has slammed the U.S. government, after it imposed new economic sanctions on the Kim Jong Un regime as payback for the massive Sony Pictures hack attack – even though the frankly iffy allegation that the Norks were behind the assault remains widely open to doubt. Earlier today, Pyongyang reiterated in a statement …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Jan 2015
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Samsung to block mobile app store in Iran as sanctions bite

Samsung is blocking access to its mobile app store in Iran from next month, an action believed to be part of international sanctions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. Customers of the Korean tech giant in Iran received notification on Wednesday night by email that the online marketplace would be out of action as of …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Apr 2013

ZTE ejects from Iran as Feds probe spy-tech export claims

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE says it has finally wound up its business dealings in Iran, bar existing customers, as the firm tries to move on following allegations it broke US sanctions by flogging spy technology to the Islamic republic. Chairman Hou Weigui told Reuters the Shenzhen firm had “basically stopped”. “We have to …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Apr 2013

HP denies Syria, Iran spy tech claims

HP has been forced to deny that it broke strict export sanctions by selling technology to Syria and Iran, but admitted that its network of channel partners may have done so without its knowledge. The tech behemoth, which was recently overtaken by Chinese rival Lenovo as the world’s top PC seller, was asked by the US Securities …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012

Cisco drops ZTE after claims of sanction-busting Iran sales

Cisco has confirmed that is has ended all sales agreements with ZTE, reportedly in response to an internal investigation into whether the Chinese firm was selling American hardware to Iran in defiance of sanctions. According to Reuters, an investigation by Cisco determined that its hardware was being shipped to Iran illegally …
Iain Thomson, 8 Oct 2012

US lawmakers claim Huawei sold censor tech to Iran

US lawmakers are calling on the State Department to investigate whether or not Chinese tech firm Huawei has violated sanctions by supplying monitoring technology to Iran. Six lawmakers wrote a letter to the department just before Christmas, which has now been made public, citing an article in the Wall Street Journal in October …
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US spreads Web2.0rhea to Iran, Sudan, Cuba

US citizens are now free to invite Iranian, Sudanese, and Cuban citizens into the Web2.0rhea revolution. The US Treasury Department's trade sanction management body, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), announced on Monday that it was amending regulations that had prevented US citizens from exporting internet-based …
Rik Myslewski, 9 Mar 2010
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Bush tests Castro with mobile phone gift barrage

Americans will soon be able to send cell phones to Cubans, President Bush announced today. Does this bother you? I'm not touching you. The move is apparently meant to be an experimental prod at Cuba's President Raul Castro, who has relaxed a number of restrictions on consumer electronics since replacing his brother Fidel in …
Austin Modine, 21 May 2008

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