The Pentagon Just Gave Up 4% of The Internet for What Might Be a Honeypot

While the world was distracted with President Donald Trump leaving office on Jan. 20, an obscure Florida company discreetly announced to the world’s computer networks a startling development: It now was managing a huge unused swath of the Internet that, for several decades, had been owned by the U.S. military. What happened next was stranger… Continue reading The Pentagon Just Gave Up 4% of The Internet for What Might Be a Honeypot

WiFi for Voting Machines? Why Not, Says US Election Agency

The U.S. agency overseeing elections has “quietly weakened a key element of proposed security standards…” reports the Associated Press, “raising concern among voting-integrity experts that many such systems will remain vulnerable to hacking. “The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is poised to approve its first new security standards in 15 years after an arduous process involving… Continue reading WiFi for Voting Machines? Why Not, Says US Election Agency

The Department of Defense agency responsible for securing the communications of President Trump has suffered a data breach

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The Department of Defense agency responsible for securing the communications of President Trump has suffered a data breach. Here’s what is known so far. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) describes itself as a combat support agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) and is tasked with… Continue reading The Department of Defense agency responsible for securing the communications of President Trump has suffered a data breach

Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented Geofence Search

According to Forbes, Google has sent 1,494 device identifiers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to help them investigate arsons carried out across Milwaukee, Wisconsin, throughout 2018 and 2019. “The requests, outlined in two search warrants obtained by Forbes, demanded to know which specific Google customers were located in areas covering 29,387 square… Continue reading Google Hands Feds 1,500 Phone Locations In Unprecedented Geofence Search

It’s Way Too Easy To Get a .gov Domain Name

Brian Krebs: Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely… Continue reading It’s Way Too Easy To Get a .gov Domain Name

Democrats Propose Sweeping Online Privacy Laws

mspohr quotes a report from The Guardian: Top Democrats on Tuesday proposed tough new privacy laws to rein in the U.S.’s tech companies after a series of scandals that have shaken confidence in the companies and exposed the personal data of millions of consumers. The effort, led by Senator Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate commerce,… Continue reading Democrats Propose Sweeping Online Privacy Laws

Sprint Took FCC Cash For Serving 885,000 People It Wasn’t Actually Serving

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Sprint has been caught taking millions of dollars in government subsidies for “serving” 885,000 low-income Americans who weren’t using Sprint service, the Federal Communications Commission said today. Sprint violated the Lifeline program’s “non-usage rule” that requires providers of free, subsidized plans to de-enroll subscribers who haven’t used their phones… Continue reading Sprint Took FCC Cash For Serving 885,000 People It Wasn’t Actually Serving