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FBI Refuses to Say Which 'Experts' Inform Its Director's Bad Take on Encryption FBI Refuses to Say Which 'Experts' Inform Its Director's Bad Take on Encryption

Before he was approved to lead the FBI, Christopher Wray met privately with Senator Ron Wyden, easily the sharpest privacy hawk in Congress. The topic of their conversation, one of many Wray would hold with lawmakers during his confirmation process, was encryption. The FBI has long held controversial views on the…

After Two Years, Mueller Couldn't Figure Out How WikiLeaks Acquired Stolen Democratic Files After Two Years, Mueller Couldn't Figure Out How WikiLeaks Acquired Stolen Democratic Files

The long-awaited report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is more than 440 pages long and offers granular details about the Russian government’s efforts to infiltrate Democratic organizations and obtain material damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. One…

New Scam Has Men in White Vans Offering People Money for 'DNA Samples' New Scam Has Men in White Vans Offering People Money for 'DNA Samples'

If you thought face-to-face confidence scams were obsolete thanks to the wonders of modern connectivity, well, think again. Today’s grifts have only gotten creepier.

The U.S. Case Against Assange Is Looking Sort of Flimsy The U.S. Case Against Assange Is Looking Sort of Flimsy

When federal prosecutors last week announced that charges against Julian Assange included conspiracy to “break a password to a classified U.S. government computer,” one immediately assumed that the password in question had actually been broken. However, an indictment unsealed Monday indicates that may have not been…

Microsoft Claimed a Security Breach Didn't Compromise Email Messages—It Did Microsoft Claimed a Security Breach Didn't Compromise Email Messages—It Did

A series of security reports published over the weekend have raised serious concerns about Microsoft’s transparency in the wake of a recent data breach.

The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week The Biggest Lies We Heard About Net Neutrality This Week

“Consumer protection” isn’t a phrase you’ll find on the resume of a person who devises dishonest, meaningless soundbites like, “Net neutrality is about government takeover of the internet.” But most Washington lawmakers don’t really care what a soundbite means or whether it’s they’re true. It just needs to be catchy,…

Lawmakers Demand Social Network Execs Reveal What They Spend to Fight Terrorism Lawmakers Demand Social Network Execs Reveal What They Spend to Fight Terrorism

The head of the House subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism is on a quest to find out precisely how much money YouTube, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter are spending each to combat extremism across their myriad platforms. Since representatives of the companies seemed unequipped to answer that question…

Assange Charges Finally Reveal Why Chelsea Manning Is Sitting in Jail Assange Charges Finally Reveal Why Chelsea Manning Is Sitting in Jail

Charges announced by the Justice Department on Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange provide fresh insight into why federal prosecutors sought to question whistleblower Chelsea Manning last month before a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia.

House Democrats Pass Bill to Restore Net Neutrality House Democrats Pass Bill to Restore Net Neutrality

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives made good on a campaign promise on Wednesday by passing legislation that would effectively reinstate, in its entirety, the 2015 Open Internet Order—rules that, for a brief time, ensured that net neutrality was the law of the land.

USB Drive Found on Jailed Mar-a-Lago Party-Crasher Contained Self-Executing Code USB Drive Found on Jailed Mar-a-Lago Party-Crasher Contained Self-Executing Code

New details are starting to trickle in about the Chinese woman arrested while carrying a suspicious number of electronic devices and trying to get inside President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club—among them that a USB drive in her possession began to auto-install files on a Secret Service agent’s computer the…

Chelsea Manning's FBI Files Are Central to Ongoing Criminal Proceedings, Bureau Claims Chelsea Manning's FBI Files Are Central to Ongoing Criminal Proceedings, Bureau Claims

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is refusing to make public any records it has amassed on whistleblower Chelsea Manning, even though the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst waived her rights under the Privacy Act and requested in a letter that her more-than-8,000 page file be released.

Leaks of Classified Information Have Apparently Spiked Under Trump Leaks of Classified Information Have Apparently Spiked Under Trump

Criminal referrals to the Justice Department concerning unauthorized disclosures of classified information have soared under the Trump administration, according to newly released figures.

UK Readies Crackdown on Social Networks for Enabling Terrorism, Child Abuse, and Self-Harm UK Readies Crackdown on Social Networks for Enabling Terrorism, Child Abuse, and Self-Harm

The British government is preparing to publish its plans to clamp down on social networks that distribute and promote harmful content. According to a leaked document, the proposed measures include enabling regulators to hold company executives personally liable in cases entailing negligence.

Senator Keeps Attacking a Law Crucial to Internet Speech—Only He Can't Seem to Read It Senator Keeps Attacking a Law Crucial to Internet Speech—Only He Can't Seem to Read It

The economic juggernaut we call the internet has thrived principally thanks to a single U.S. law passed more than two decades ago—Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. It states quite simply that website operators shall not be treated as the publishers of information posted by their users. To wit, Gizmodo…

540 Million Facebook User Records Exposed Online, Plus Passwords, Comments, and More 540 Million Facebook User Records Exposed Online, Plus Passwords, Comments, and More

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm UpGuard on Wednesday said they had discovered the existence of two datasets together containing the personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users. Both were left publicly accessible.

The Head of the FTC Just Debunked the FCC's Favorite Excuse for Killing Net Neutrality The Head of the FTC Just Debunked the FCC's Favorite Excuse for Killing Net Neutrality

Two weeks before voting to rollback the net neutrality rules, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he laid out his case for killing off the policy that ensured a free and open internet. In it, he offered up one widely-disputed argument for doing so: that blocking, throttling,…

Section 230 Is the Foundation of the Internet, So Why Do Republicans Want to Change It? Section 230 Is the Foundation of the Internet, So Why Do Republicans Want to Change It?

Without Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, most of your favorite websites would not survive—nor would they have existed at all. The modern internet would be a much different place without this short little bit of legislation that has become a sort of First Amendment of the web. Now, a growing contingent of…

FCC Reportedly Collected Only 0.003% of Robocall Fines Since 2015 FCC Reportedly Collected Only 0.003% of Robocall Fines Since 2015

As late as last month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was on the Fox News Channel boasting about having imposed on robocalls some of the “biggest fines in the FCC’s history.” Documents obtained this week by reporters at the Wall Street Journal, however, put the agency’s milquetoast enforcement in a more authentic light.

Why Is Georgia Buying Insecure Voting Machines? It Doesn't Matter, They Are Why Is Georgia Buying Insecure Voting Machines? It Doesn't Matter, They Are

The most basic rule of deduction is that a simple explanation is far better than a complex one. The fewer assumptions one has to make, the fewer leaps of logic, the more likely it is that a conclusion is correct. So when we ask why the Georgia Republican Party is so dead set on spending $150 million to purchase voting…

FAA Chief: Actually, the U.S. Was 'First' to Ground Boeing Jets 'With Data'  FAA Chief: Actually, the U.S. Was 'First' to Ground Boeing Jets 'With Data' 

America’s top aviation official on Wednesday defended the Trump administration’s decision not to immediately suspend use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 earlier this month following the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, even as aviation officials in virtually every other country chose to ground the jets.

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