Tag: government


US Plans to Use AI “Legally and Morally” in Warfare

December 10, 2019

Via: Michael Boyd

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper said the US military will use artificial intelligence (AI) “legally and morally” on the battlefield and let people decide whether or not to attack a target. He also stated that the US needs to […]

Federal, Policy

Justice Dept. charges Russian hacker behind the Dridex malware

December 5, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

U.S. prosecutors have brought computer hacking and fraud charges against a Russian citizen, Maksim Yakubets, who is accused of developing and distributing Dridex, a notorious banking malware used to allegedly steal more than $100 million from hundreds of banks over […]

Operations Security, Security

ICE mined driver’s license photos for facial recognition

July 8, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are using facial recognition software to trawl through millions of driver’s license photos provided by 21 states to search and find suspects. News broke over the weekend that the FBI and immigration officials access images […]

Networking Security, Security

NSA improperly collected Americans’ phone records for a second time, documents reveal

June 26, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Newly released documents reveal the National Security Agency improperly collected Americans’ call records for a second time, just months after the agency was forced to purge hundreds of millions of collected calls and text records it unlawfully obtained. The document, […]

Federal, Policy

Federal bill would allow clean energy companies to structure like oil companies

June 18, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Last week, US senators and representatives introduced bills in the Senate and the House to open up a type of corporate structure originally reserved for oil, gas, and coal companies to clean energy companies. Called a Master Limited Partnership (MLP), […]

Networking Security, Security, Software, Tech

There’s No Roadmap to Breaking Up Facebook—But Here’s Where the Government Might Start

June 7, 2019

Via: Fortune

“Break up Big Tech,” has become a rallying cry of consumer advocates and prominent politicians. But what, in practice, would that actually look like? Fortune spoke with experts in various areas of law and business to see how that might […]

Federal, Policy

Following US Huawei ban, China threatens own blacklist for foreign firms

May 31, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Odds of the U.S. and China cooling off their trade war further diminished on Friday after the world’s most populous nation said it would create a list of “unreliable” foreign firms of its own. Gao Feng, a spokesman of China’s […]

Networking Security, Security, Software, Tech

Twitter publishes latest government data request figures

May 9, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Twitter’s latest transparency report is out. The social media giant said it received six percent fewer requests for user data from governments between June and December 2018 than during its previous reporting period. According to the newly released data, Twitter […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Russian hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county prior to 2016 election

April 19, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Russian operatives successfully targeted and hacked “at least one” Florida county government in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to new findings by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The report, published Thursday by the Justice Department, […]

Federal, Policy

Congress readies for Mueller report to be delivered on CDs

April 18, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

If there weren’t enough obstacles already standing between Congress and the results of the special counsel’s multiyear investigation, lawmakers are expecting to need an optical drive to read the document. A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that a […]