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2016-03-19 18:53
ThinkProgress is reporting that the law firm of the US Chamber of Commerce (an NGO) hired several cyber-security firms to help them sabotage their political opponents:"[A] law firm represent… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
According to a new report by McAfee (pdf):"Attackers using several locations in China have [waged] attacks against global oil, gas, and petrochemical companies, as well as individuals and ex… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Shutting off the Egyptian Internet has (finally) drawn attention to a US Senate bill that seeks to permit the same sort of thing here. CNET has a nice summary:In December, a Senate committee… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Writing at SEED magazine, John Wilbanks has drawn attention to the transformation currently taking place in academic publishing, namely the slow shift from paper to digital that is also grad… Read More
2011-01-31 07:30
Clearly, social media are expanding dialogue throughout the world, and have the potential to radically reduce the costs of grassroots organizing. But they can also make it easy to track the… Read More
2011-01-28 21:02
GigaOM has an interesting piece on how Egypt Switched Off the Internet."Plenty of nations place limitations on communications, sometimes very severe ones. But there are only a few examples… Read More
2011-01-28 08:38
CNET and many others are reporting that all Internet traffic in Egypt has gone offline.I hadn't realized we would be importing the Internet kill switch. Perhaps Malcolm Gladwell and Evgeny M… Read More
2011-01-23 05:01
Symantec just released its Mid-Term Internet Security Threat Report, and surprise, surprise - the Wild West is getting wilder. It used to be that knocking a server offline, or stealing confi… Read More
2011-01-12 04:51
Estonia could get elevated - NCS is reporting that the country has formed the Computer Emergency Response Team of Estonia (CERT-E, also known as the Cyber Defense League), a militia intende… Read More
2011-01-10 05:46
TechSpot News is reporting that MSNBC has received a memo detailing the US' government strategy to prevent leaks in a "post-Wikileaks environment."Each initial assessment should be completed… Read More

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