recommended reading

author archives

Results 41-50 of 369

from govexec

What Happened to Trump’s Secret Hacking Intel?

February 7, 2017 Hours before the new year, Donald Trump—then still the president-elect—was speaking to a few reporters outside Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. He was telling them about his doubts that the intelligence community would perform an accurate investigation into the cyberattacks that targeted Democrats in the months leading...

Your Browsing History Alone Can Give Away Your Identity

February 6, 2017 Advertisers would give just about anything to be able to lurk over your shoulder as you browse the internet. They want to know what sites you visit, how you get to them, how long you spend on them, and where you go next—along with as much personal information about you...

How Did Cybersecurity Become So Political?

February 2, 2017 Less than a month before he was elected president, Donald Trump promised to make cybersecurity “an immediate and top priority for my administration.” He had talked about technology often on the campaign trail—mostly to attack Hillary Clinton for using a private email server when she was secretary of state. But...

How Trump’s Immigration Rules Will Hurt the U.S. Tech Sector

February 1, 2017 When President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday issuing a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, it went into effect immediately. Chaos erupted at airports across the country, as hundreds of travelers—many of them legal permanent residents of the U.S.—were detained and denied access to their lawyers....

The Demon Voice That Can Control Your Smartphone

January 23, 2017 Here’s a fun experiment: Next time you’re on a crowded bus, loudly announce, “Hey Siri! Text mom, ‘I'm pregnant.’” Chances are, you’ll get some horrified looks as your voice awakens iPhones in nearby commuters’ pockets and bags. They’ll dive for their phones to cancel your command. But what if there...

from govexec

Why Elections Are Now Classified as 'Critical Infrastructure'

January 13, 2017 Last Friday, the same day three of the top spy agencies in the U.S. released a summary of an investigation into Russia’s role in cyberattacks before the election, the Department of Homeland Security made a move that attracted less attention: It classified the elections process as “critical infrastructure,” putting it...

Why Is Obama Expanding Surveillance Powers Right Before He Leaves Office?

January 13, 2017 On Thursday, the Obama administration finalized new rules that allow the National Security Agency to share information it gleans from its vast international surveillance apparatus with the 16 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community. With the new changes, which were long in the works, those agencies can...

from govexec

Why Is Obama Expanding Surveillance Powers Right Before He Leaves Office?

January 13, 2017 On Thursday, the Obama administration finalized new rules that allow the National Security Agency to share information it gleans from its vast international surveillance apparatus with the 16 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community. With the new changes, which were long in the works, those agencies can...

Why Is Obama Expanding Surveillance Powers Right Before He Leaves Office?

January 13, 2017 On Thursday, the Obama administration finalized new rules that allow the National Security Agency to share information it gleans from its vast international surveillance apparatus with the 16 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community. With the new changes, which were long in the works, those agencies can...

Trump’s Cyber-Appeasement Policy Might Encourage More Hacks

January 12, 2017 Since well before he was elected president, Donald Trump has been casting doubt on the accuracy and integrity of investigations that assign blame for cyberattacks. His statements have created an atmosphere of mistrust around forensic analyses, like the one focused on Russia that three top spy agencies briefed him on...