Tag: Policy

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), […]

Federal, Infrastructure, Networking, Policy

Verizon avoided a decade’s worth of taxes—a new law could make it pay up

June 5, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Verizon has avoided paying local taxes on telecom equipment in many New Jersey municipalities over the past decade, but a proposed state law would force the company to pay back taxes for all the payments it didn’t make. The bill, […]

Applications, Infrastructure, Networking, Networking Security, Security

WannaCry? Hundreds of US schools still haven’t patched servers

May 22, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

If you’re wondering why ransomware continues to be such a problem for state and local governments and other public institutions, all you have to do to get an answer is poke around the Internet a little. Publicly accessible security-scan data […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Hackers breached 3 US antivirus companies, researchers reveal

May 9, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

In a report published today, researchers at the threat-research company Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) revealed that a collective of Russian and English-speaking hackers are actively marketing the spoils of data breaches at three US-based antivirus software vendors. The collective, calling itself […]

Networking Security, Operations Security, Security

Nearly all 2020 presidential candidates aren’t using a basic email security feature

April 30, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

Three years after Russian hackers targeted and breached the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, nearly all of the upcoming 2020 presidential candidates are still lagging in email security. New data out by Agari confirms just one presidential hopeful […]

Infrastructure, Unified Communications, Wireless Infrastructure

Wireless carriers fight ban on throttling firefighters during emergencies

April 26, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The US mobile industry’s top lobbying group is opposing a proposed California state law that would prohibit throttling of fire departments and other public safety agencies during emergencies. As reported yesterday by StateScoop, wireless industry lobby group CTIA last week […]

Infrastructure, Networking, Wireless Infrastructure

Intel quits 5G modem business hours after Apple settles with Qualcomm

April 17, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Intel says it is canceling a line of smartphone 5G chips that had been slated for 2020 launches. The announcement comes on the same day Apple announced a wide-ranging settlement with Qualcomm over patent issues. Qualcomm has long been a […]

Attacks & Breaches, Federal, Policy, Security

Julian Assange arrested, charged with conspiracy to hack US computers

April 11, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

British police arrested Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday. He had been hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 and was arrested after the Ecuadorian government invited the Metropolitan Police Service into the embassy to remove him. Assange […]

Operations Security, Security

Mysterious safety-tampering malware infects a second critical infrastructure site

April 10, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Sixteen months ago, researchers reported an unsettling escalation in hacks targeting power plants, gas refineries, and other types of critical infrastructure. Attackers who may have been working on behalf of a nation caused an operational outage at a critical-infrastructure site […]

Federal, Policy

Congress is about to ban the government from offering free online tax filing

April 9, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system. Last […]