author archives

Results 1-10 of 110

The FBI's Secret House Meeting to Get Access to Your iPhone

October 31, 2014 The Obama administration is ramping up its campaign to force technology companies to help the government spy on their users. FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers this week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting. The ...

NSA Chief Warns Companies Against Revenge Hacking

October 29, 2014 Businesses, under siege from hackers looking to steal sensitive information, increasingly want to take matters into their own hands. But the head of the National Security Agency is warning them not to become hackers themselves. "Be very careful about going down that road," Adm. Michael Rogers, the NSA director, said ...

from govexec

NSA Chief Warns Companies Against Revenge Hacking

October 29, 2014 Businesses, under siege from hackers looking to steal sensitive information, increasingly want to take matters into their own hands. But the head of the National Security Agency is warning them not to become hackers themselves. "Be very careful about going down that road," Adm. Michael Rogers, the NSA director, said ...

Why Your Smartphone Won't Be Faster Anytime Soon

October 27, 2014 Cell-phone providers like AT&T and T-Mobile will have to wait a bit longer to get access to the powerful frequencies they say they need to keep their networks from slowing down. The Federal Communications Commission admitted Friday that it will have to postpone an auction of airwave licenses from mid-2015 ...

A Snowden Journalist Is Going to Work for the Government

October 21, 2014 A technical expert who helped The Washington Post decipher complex National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden is now going to join the government. The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it has appointed Ashkan Soltani as its new chief technologist. He will provide technical advice to the agency, ...

FCC Wants to Upgrade Your Phone to 5G

October 20, 2014 Phone companies like to brag about offering blazing fast "4G" technology. But the U.S. government is already starting to explore the next generation of wireless technology: "5G." The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Friday to begin seeking public input on opening up new airwaves that could, one day, allow smartphone ...

Lawmakers Skeptical of FBI’s Push for Encryption Back Doors

October 17, 2014 Silicon Valley and the nation's law enforcement community are in an arms race. Tech companies like Apple and Google want to make the data customers carry on their smartphones and computers more secure, safe from the prying eyes of spies and identity thieves alike. But law-enforcement officials—from the FBI to ...

The FBI Wants Internet Wiretapping Powers

October 16, 2014 The FBI is asking Congress to give it new powers to force technology companies to turn over private information on their customers. FBI Director James Comey warned Thursday that new technologies are making it easy for criminals to hide incriminating information from police. "The FBI has a sworn duty to ...

Why General Motors is Wading Into the Net Neutrality Debate

October 16, 2014 The major cell-phone carriers have a new ally in their fight against stricter net-neutrality regulations: General Motors. The car company sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month urging the agency not to impose tough rules on wireless Internet service. Treating wireless Internet the same as a ...

Obama Comes out Swinging Against Internet ‘Fast Lanes’

October 10, 2014 President Obama is lobbying his own Federal Communications Commission chairman to enact stronger net-neutrality regulations. Speaking in Los Angeles on Thursday, Obama said he is "unequivocally committed" to net neutrality and that he is opposed to "the notion that somehow some folks can pay a little more money and get ...