#SchumerShutdown was Russian bots' top hashtag, group says

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. were close to a resolution to reopen the government, President Donald Trump got a boost from Russian bots in his quest to blame the shutdown on Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.

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How Iranian protesters are skirting the government's tech clampdown to continue their fight

As the protests across Iran stretch into their eighth night, the government is continuing to crackdown with restrictions on the nation’s already tightly-controlled internet and access to social media.

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What the 'net neutrality' rollback means to you

Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of “net neutrality’ rules mean to you?

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Feds: Cloud Cybersecurity Benefits Now Outweigh Risks


Many federal government IT managers used to be wary of the shortcomings of migrating to cloud technology because of potential data security problems affecting email, business systems, personal data records and, especially, national security operations. However, after the federal “cloud first” initiative’s six-year effort to promote the technology, there are signs that federal IT managers gradually have changed their assessment. Federal IT managers have concluded that cloud technology will exceed government data protection requirements.

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US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire.

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Russian government hackers stole the NSA cyber defense plan, report claims

Hackers working for the Russian government stole NSA plans and documents on cyber defense off a contractor’s personal computer, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

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Maine governor sued for deleting Facebook comments

Paul LePage uses his Facebook page to perform government business, so blocking people who disagree with him ‘constitutes… government censorship,’ the ACLU says.

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Putin bans VPNs in Russia, following China's move

Presented as a package of antiterrorist legislative amendments, but ultimately this new law increases government access to user data by removing anonymity.

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Elon Musk announces underground Hyperloop that does NY to DC in 29 minutes

On Thursday, Elon Musk announced that he’s secured “verbal government approval,” whatever that is, to build a Hyperloop linking Washington DC to New York City, stopping in Baltimore and Philadelphia on the way.

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Amazon Courts Low-Income Customers With Deep Prime Discount


Amazon has introduced a Prime membership priced at $5.99 monthly for people on government assistance who have a valid EBT card. A Prime membership ordinarily costs $10.99 per month, or $99 per year. The EBT card is used to disburse funds for a variety of government assistance programs, including TANF, SNAP and WIC. Consumers have to qualify for the discount program every 12 months, and may take advantage of it for up to four years. Prime offers unlimited fast, free two-day shipping on more than 50 million eligible items, and other benefits.

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US regulators accuse Google of underpaying female workers

Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men.

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Twitter yanks lawsuit against US government over anti-Trump account

Twitter has withdrawn its lawsuit against the U.S government over an attempt to reveal the identities of the users behind the anti-Trump @ALT_USCIS account.

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London terror attack: UK wants encrypted WhatsApp messages

The U.K. government wants WhatsApp to give security services access to encrypted messages in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack. Officials, however, could face stiff challenges if they choose to apply U.K. surveillance legislation to the U.S.-based firm, according to a digital privacy advocate.

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Formerly classified nuclear test films are now on YouTube

The US government has about 10,000 films of the 221 atmospheric nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1962, covering the destructive power from all sorts of angles and distances, Business Insider reports.

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Online Trust Alliance Launches IoT Security Campaign


The Online Trust Alliance is calling on businesses, consumers and government to share responsibility for ensuring that Internet of Things devices are not weaponized, outlining actions that businesses, consumers and government can take to ensure the security and privacy of IoT devices. It calls for a campaign to have retailers and consumers reject IoT products that pose a security threat. OTA Executive Director Craig Spiezle will meet with White House staff, and FTC and FCC commissioners to kickstart efforts to harden IoT security measures.

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WhatsApp vulnerability: Encryption backdoor or convenience feature?

The government, it turns out, could intercept WhatsApp texts if it wanted to, a new report revealed a few days ago.

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US Pushes Cybersecurity Acquisition Tools as Contracts Flow


Vendors of cybersecurity offerings are finding that the U.S. government is serious about improving the protection of federal IT assets. A steady stream of data protection contracts has been flowing to providers, including some notable high-value transactions during the last half of 2016. One example is a Department of Homeland Security contract, with a potential value of $395 million, for various cybersecurity protection services designed to prevent, detect, contain and eradicate cyberthreats.

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Apple, Ireland Balk at EU's Bill for Back Taxes


Apple and the government of Ireland are fighting what some view as a European Union tax grab. The two recently filed a formal appeal of the EC’s decision ordering Apple to pay nearly $14 billion in back taxes, based on its finding that Ireland had given Apple several illegal tax breaks. The commission this summer found that Ireland had allowed Apple to determine its tax based on the activities of its subsidiary firms, Apple Sales International and Apple Sales Europe, which are incorporated in Ireland.

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