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When Did Ajit Pai Know? When Did Ajit Pai Know?

Set to appear before a Senate oversight committee next Thursday, Ajit Pai will face a barrage of questions about why senior officials at the agency he leads, the Federal Communications Commission, provided false information to Congress—a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, had it been proved they…

Here's the Internal Report Proving the FCC Made Up a Cyberattack Here's the Internal Report Proving the FCC Made Up a Cyberattack

An investigation by the Federal Communication Commission’s own inspector general officially refutes controversial claims that a cyberattack was responsible for disrupting the FCC’s comment system in May 2017, at the height of the agency’s efforts to kill off net neutrality.

FCC's Ajit Pai Blames Former CIO for Bogus 'DDoS' Attack Claims—Also Obama FCC's Ajit Pai Blames Former CIO for Bogus 'DDoS' Attack Claims—Also Obama

In a statement on Monday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he was “deeply disappointed” that the agency’s former chief information officer, David Bray, provided “inaccurate information” about an alleged cyberattack on the FCC’s comment system last summer as the agency was considering new rules to overturn Obama-era…

Top National Security Officials Brief Bewildered Nation on Efforts to Combat Election Interference Top National Security Officials Brief Bewildered Nation on Efforts to Combat Election Interference

The glaring divide between the U.S. intelligence community and the Oval Office on the issue of Russian election meddling was never more conspicuous than at Thursday’s White House press briefing. Gathered to set the record straight—and get bombarded with questions about President Trump’s oft-contradictory statements…

Amnesty International Targeted by Israeli-Made Spyware via WhatsApp Amnesty International Targeted by Israeli-Made Spyware via WhatsApp

Human rights nonprofit Amnesty International on Tuesday disclosed what it says was a plot likely carried out by a hostile government to infiltrate its network by infecting a member of its staff with sophisticated spyware.

'We Are Not Bots': Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They 'Unwittingly' Planned Protest 'We Are Not Bots': Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They 'Unwittingly' Planned Protest

Facebook on Tuesday announced its banning of eight pages, 17 profiles, and seven Instagram accounts that engaged in what it described as online political activity that was both “inauthentic” and ultimately an “abuse” of its platform. While the activity was not attributed to anybody specific, the implication was clear,…

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech

Less than a week after a damaging report exposed substantial flaws in facial recognition technology marketed to law enforcement by Amazon, five Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the commercial and government use, and potential abuse, of the technology.

Ajit Pai Gives Congress New, Less Convincing Reason for Evading ‘DDoS’ Questions Ajit Pai Gives Congress New, Less Convincing Reason for Evading ‘DDoS’ Questions

The FCC’s chronic refusal to answer a few simple questions about an alleged security incident that supposedly wrecked its comment system has reached its final form. Despite being pressed for a straightforward response by a half-dozen lawmakers over the past year, the agency’s Republican chairman, like a malingering…

FCC Chairman Will Not Recuse Himself From Investigation Into Former Client Securus Technologies FCC Chairman Will Not Recuse Himself From Investigation Into Former Client Securus Technologies

In a letter this May, Senator Ron Wyden called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to recuse himself from an ongoing FCC investigation into companies gathering real-time location data on cellphones users. As an attorney six years ago, Pai represented one of the firms now central to the investigation.

Simulated Attacks Reveal How Easily Corporate Networks Fall Prey to Hackers Simulated Attacks Reveal How Easily Corporate Networks Fall Prey to Hackers

Over the past 10 months, software firm Rapid7 has conducted hundreds of penetration tests: simulated cyberattacks that test how a network holds up against actual threats. The results were compiled in a study called “Under the Hoodie 2018,” which not only perpetuates the stereotype of darkly cowled hackers but makes…

Here Are the Secret Documents About the Surveillance of Ex-Trump Adviser Carter Page Here Are the Secret Documents About the Surveillance of Ex-Trump Adviser Carter Page

The Justice Department has released hundreds of pages of documents relating to an FBI application for a secret warrant issued in October 2016 authorizing surveillance on former Donald Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Is Venmo's Default Privacy Setting Exposing Users to Harm? Is Venmo's Default Privacy Setting Exposing Users to Harm?

The debate over whether social networks should enable privacy settings by default should have ended long ago. While so-called “opt-out” options may have adverse economic effects on some businesses, the range of potential consequences for users whose online exchanges are made public without their explicit knowledge is…

Again With the Russians Again With the Russians

American political candidates are once again being targeted, a Microsoft executive said Thursday, by the Russian intelligence agency formerly known as the GRU.

Hack Can Turn Robotic Vacuum Into Creepy Rolling Surveillance Machine Hack Can Turn Robotic Vacuum Into Creepy Rolling Surveillance Machine

Buying a robotic vacuum cleaner probably sounds like a great idea. Who the hell likes to vacuum? But if it was marketed as an internet-connected device with a microphone and camera that wanders your house at all hours of the day, you should probably skip out.

Salesforce Faces Boycott Threat as RAICES Rejects $250,000 Donation Over CBP Contract Salesforce Faces Boycott Threat as RAICES Rejects $250,000 Donation Over CBP Contract

Embroiled cloud computing company Salesforce tried to sanitize its image through a hefty donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services—one of the highest-profile organizations resisting our draconian immigration policy. RAICES said no thanks—and at least six other high-profile…

Criminals Are Using Clash Of Clans To Launder Money, New Report Claims Criminals Are Using Clash Of Clans To Launder Money, New Report Claims

Online criminals are reportedly laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars using blockbuster mobile games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Marvel Contest of Champions, according to a new report by German cybersecurity firm Kromtech.

It's Time to Pretend We're Shocked by Yet Another Voter File Data Breach It's Time to Pretend We're Shocked by Yet Another Voter File Data Breach

A security researcher has, yet again, discovered thousands of U.S. voter files with a minimal amount of effort. Given that over the past year virtually every registered U.S. voter has been exposed by one data breach or another, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to feign our surprise.

Thousands of Top AI Experts Vow to Never Build Lethal Autonomous Weapons Thousands of Top AI Experts Vow to Never Build Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals, many of them researchers and engineers prominent in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, vowed on Wednesday never to apply their skills toward the creation of autonomous killing machines.

First Republican Joins U.S. House Effort to Restore Net Neutrality First Republican Joins U.S. House Effort to Restore Net Neutrality

The effort to overturn the FCC’s disastrous repeal of net neutrality hit a significant milestone on Tuesday as the first Republican lawmaker came aboard. Representative Mike Coffman, Republican of Colorado, crossed party lines and joined with Democrats to support using the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC…

DOJ Indicts 12 Russian Military Officers Accused of 2016 Election Meddling DOJ Indicts 12 Russian Military Officers Accused of 2016 Election Meddling

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced new charges against 12 Russian military officers accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by hacking into computers and stealing confidential documents, which they later allegedly disseminated to the public.

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