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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
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We're Putin our foot down! DHS, FBI blame Russia for ongoing infrastructure hacks

The US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday issued an alert warning of ongoing cyber-attacks against the West's energy utilities and other critical infrastructure by individuals acting on behalf of the Russian government. The security warning coincides with the US Treasury …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Mar 2018

Cyber-coin crackdown continues: Commission charges couple crypto-currency company chiefs concerning 'conned' customers

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the latest financial watchdog to haul into court companies in the virtual currency space. On Friday, the CFTC, which oversees the derivatives markets in America, announced a pair of civil lawsuits against businesses it claims defrauded customers out of their hard-earned …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2018
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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

The Ecuadorian government has reportedly sought a plan to end Julian Assange's world's longest couch surfing stint record attempt at its London embassy. Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told the AFP news agency her country would look to bring in a mediator to help settle the legal dispute that has lead to …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2018
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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

With device searches at American border crossings reaching an all-time high, the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) this week tightened its rules for when agents can pull data from phones and computers. The updated directive [PDF] amends the 2009 CBP border search guidelines to require that agents at least have "reasonable …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jan 2018
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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government. Redmond said on Wednesday the Azure Government wing of its cloud compute service has been cleared to host secret-level data and code for Uncle Sam's agencies and contractors. The service, creatively dubbed Azure Government …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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Another US government committee takes aim at Kaspersky Lab

A major US House of Representatives committee wants 22 government agencies to tell it where they've got Kaspersky Lab products in their networks. The demand by the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology comes amid escalating tension between the USA and Russia, after the latter on Sunday told the …
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Wanna tap 3 million phone calls? All it takes is one measly warrant

The US government's annual wiretap report, published this week, has revealed the reach and scope of its agents' surveillance abilities. In 2016, the number of federal and state wiretaps fell 24 percent from the previous year, with 1,551 authorized by federal judges and 1,617 cleared by the states. That's an increase of 11 per …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2017
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Chinese giant ZTE slips off US export sh*tlist – and it only cost $900m

The US Department of Commerce has scrapped trade restrictions that left Chinese tech monster ZTE unable to import components from America. The DoC said in a Wednesday entry to its Federal Register that it would be taking the network hardware vendor off its Entity List and would end the export controls that have been in place …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2017
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CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away

CA Inc will cough up $45m to end allegations it overcharged American taxpayers while offering discounts to companies. Under the terms of US government contracts, suppliers have to give Uncle Sam the same discounts they give to corporate customers for volume deals. In 2014, officials claimed CA didn't do this on contracts …
Iain Thomson, 13 Mar 2017
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Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck

A new report into nearly 300 websites run by the US government has reached an unsurprising conclusion: they suck. What may be startling, however, is just how much they suck. According to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a dramatic 92 per cent of the websites they reviewed had a significant flaw or …
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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

Chinese giant ZTE has been fined $900m by the US government for skirting trade blocks by selling comms hardware to Iran. Today in a Texas district court, ZTE pleaded guilty to busting sanctions, obstructing justice, and lying to investigators. The corp has also settled out of court with the US Department of Commerce, and the …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Mar 2017
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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

Oracle could lose its lucrative US government IT contracts after the Department of Labor accused the tech giant of racial and gender discrimination. The DoL has filed a lawsuit [PDF] with the US Office of Administrative Law Judges alleging that Oracle's pay grades violate the labor bod's rules against pay and employment …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017

Encryption, wiretaps and the Feds: THE TRUTH

Figures published this month suggest fewer Americans are using encryption to secure their communications – but if you look into the detail, the opposite is probably closer to reality. The latest Wiretap Report from the US courts system – which counts up the number of requests from investigators to spy on people's chatter in …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
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Want $50bn from Uncle Sam? Put in a bid on these IT contracts

The US government's General Services Administration (GSA) has opened bidding on what it says will be a $50bn IT services contract package. The federal agency is now accepting applications for the Alliant 2 and Alliant 2 Small Business contracts to create what it describes as a "large, diverse pool of industry partners." The …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2016
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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

The Chinese government could fragment the internet if it pursues new registration rules for online addresses, the US government has warned. The warning by assistant commerce secretary Larry Strickling and state department ambassador Daniel Sepulveda comes in response to a decision by the Chinese government in March to require …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2016

Look who's here to solve the Internet of Things' security nightmare – hey, it's Uncle Sam

The US government is working on a "green paper" – the first step in a formal policy process – on the internet of things (IoT). Titled "The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things," the policy paper will take a broad look [PDF] at the "potential …

Get ready to tear into next round of hacker tool rules in Wassenaar Arrangement refresh

The US government has said it will give everyone the chance to pull apart its latest attempt at redrafting its implementation of the Wassenaar Arrangement. That arrangement is a pact governing the export of weaponry between participating nations, including America. An earlier proposed update to the text included a blanket ban …
Iain Thomson, 4 Feb 2016

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