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Attacks & Breaches, Security

US claims cyber strike on Iran after attack on Saudi oil facility

October 16, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Reuters reports that the United States launched a “secret cyber operation” against Iran in September, following the alleged drone and missile attack by Iran on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Unnamed officials told Reuters that the late-September cyberattack targeted Iran’s “propaganda” […]


Federal, Operations Security, Policy, Security

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

October 9, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Much in the same way that food labels are now required to disclose the potential presence of allergens such as peanuts, one Senator is proposing a law that would require tech companies to include a label on products disclosing the […]


Networking Security, Security

Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS

October 1, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

When you visit a new website, your computer probably submits a request to the domain name system (DNS) to translate the domain name (like arstechnica.com) to an IP address. Currently, most DNS queries are unencrypted, which raises privacy and security […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

US sanctions two Russians for cyber-related election interference

September 30, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions against two Russian nationals accused of working for a notorious disinformation unit. In a statement, the Treasury said Igor Nesterov, 34; and Denis Kuzmin, 28, worked for the so-called Internet Research Agency, a secretive […]


Federal, Policy

Musk broke the law with anti-union tweet, judge rules

September 30, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, violated federal labor laws when it tried to hamper union organizing at its Fremont factory, a federal administrative law judge in California ruled on Friday. Among other things, Tesla security guards repeatedly ordered union […]


Federal, Policy

NY attorney general will lead antitrust investigation into Facebook

September 6, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced this morning that she’s leading an investigation into Facebook over antitrust issues — in other words, whether Facebook used its social media dominance to engage in anti-competitive behavior. In a statement, James said: […]


Federal, Policy

Senator: Mark Zuckerberg should face “the possibility of a prison term”

September 4, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Mark Zuckerberg has “repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said in a recent interview with the Willamette Week, a Portland alternative weekly newspaper. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is […]


Software, Tech

Ring has more than 400 police “partnerships,” company finally says

August 29, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Amazon’s Ring business has been drawing headlines for its partnerships with police departments nationwide. These arrangements are mutually beneficial: law enforcement gets access to a sprawling, growing surveillance network it doesn’t have to maintain, and Ring gets a marketing boost […]


Federal, Policy

Macron claims deal to end digital service tax fight with the US

August 27, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The United States and France have reached a deal over the taxation of digital services, French President Emmanuel Macron said at a Monday news conference alongside US President Donald Trump. But later in the same conference, Trump pointedly declined to […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

While one Texas county shook off ransomware, small cities took full punch

August 22, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Few details have emerged about the coordinated ransomware attack that struck 22 local governments in Texas last week. But five local governments affected by the attack have been identified. On August 20, the Texas Department of Information Resources revised its […]