Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

 According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has revealed similar phishing schemes taking aim at foreign governments in the past. As the security report details, the activity began in June 2017 and attempted… Read More

Senators introduce revenge porn bill

 Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as well as Rep. Jackie Speier introduced a bill today to address revenge porn. The bill, Ending Nonconsenual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, is designed to address the unwanted sharing of private, explicit images. The ENOUGH Act would specifically ensure the Department of Justice has tools in… Read More

Kaspersky hearing with House committee set for late October

 In the latest installment of the ongoing saga of Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the U.S. government, the company has a new date with Congress. Rescheduling a hearing originally set for last week, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has set a new hearing for October 25, Reuters reports. Read More

Chatting Equifax with Mr. Monopoly, the valiant anti-corporate greed hero we didn’t know we needed 🎩💸

 In a particularly dark week for America, one ray of hope shone bright, its monocle glinting bravely in the harsh media flash. Enter Rich Uncle Pennybags, the board game fat cat better known as the Monopoly man, who made a high profile appearance at today’s Senate hearing on the Equifax hack. Seated just behind universally loathed former Equifax CEO Richard Smith, Mr. Monopoly… Read More

Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning. In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection… Read More

New tech trade associations will have big role in future tech policy

 TechNet, a prominent Washington, D.C based tech advocacy group and self-proclaimed “Voice of the Innovation Economy” that counts Apple, Paypal, and Airbnb as members, recently voiced opposition to the Trump administration’s shameful updated executive order on immigration. Although TechNet “speaks” on behalf of its members, the broad composition of the group provides… Read More

New tech trade associations will have big role in future tech policy

 TechNet, a prominent Washington, D.C based tech advocacy group and self-proclaimed “Voice of the Innovation Economy” that counts Apple, Paypal, and Airbnb as members, recently voiced opposition to the Trump administration’s shameful updated executive order on immigration. Although TechNet “speaks” on behalf of its members, the broad composition of the group provides… Read More

New bipartisan bill seeks to stop warrantless device searches at U.S. borders

 After signaling in late February that such legislation was on the way, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced a bill that aims to protect the digital privacy of American citizens at U.S. borders. While the policy appears unevenly enforced, U.S. citizens have reported an uptick in border agents demanding passwords and searching their devices at American borders. The Trump… Read More

The banana republic of big data

governmentdata There’s a reason Americans feel dispossessed by their government. We citizens have fewer and fewer opportunities for substantive interaction with our leaders. Corporate-funded organizations and narrow interest advocacy campaigns stand in as proxies for citizens as the distance grows between leaders and those they represent. This distance changes the dynamics of democracy. Read More