Stories by Grant Gross

FCC votes to overturn state laws limiting municipal broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn large parts of two state laws that limit local governments from funding and building broadband networks.

By Grant Gross | 27 February, 2015 03:35

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Michael O’Rielly, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, legislation, government, Barack Obama, internet, Ajit Pai, Internet service providers, broadband, Tom Wheeler

Broadband advocates urge Republicans to overturn FCC on net neutrality

The U.S. Congress should pass net neutrality legislation that overturns proposed rules at the Federal Communications Commission so that the protections survive over the long term, some opponents of the FCC approach said.

By Grant Gross | 26 February, 2015 06:39

Tags: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, telecommunication, Internet Innovation Alliance, regulation, Anna Eshoo, legislation, Barack Obama, internet, Internet service providers, Public Knowledge, Gene Kimmelman, Rick Boucher, U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Robert Atkinson, broadband

DOJ offers $3 million reward for Gameover Zeus botnet suspect

Two U.S. government agencies are offering a US$3 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a Russian man suspected of having served as an administrator for the destructive Gameover Zeus botnet.

By Grant Gross | 25 February, 2015 08:48

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Leslie Caldwell, Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev, legal, U.S. Department of State, government, cybercrime

DHS to allow H-1B spouses to work in US

Spouses of U.S. immigrants holding high-skill H-1B visas will be able to work in the country later this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced.

By Grant Gross | 25 February, 2015 08:26

Tags: business issues, Kate Hansen,, regulation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, mark zuckerberg, government, Neha Mahajan, Facebook, personnel

NSA director wants gov't access to encrypted communications

It probably comes as no surprise that the director of the U.S. National Security Agency wants access to encrypted data on computers and other devices.

By Grant Gross | 24 February, 2015 09:25

Tags: New America Foundation, Eric Holder, U.S. National Security Agency, James Comey, encryption, government, fbi, privacy, Alex Stamos, Michael Rogers, Yahoo, security

Republican FCCers call for delay in net neutrality vote

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should delay its vote on net neutrality rules for at least a month after releasing Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for public comment, the commission's two Republican members said Monday.

By Grant Gross | 24 February, 2015 06:49

Tags: telecommunication, regulation, Kim Hart, Michael Weinberg, government, internet, Ajit Pai, Internet service providers, Public Knowledge, broadband, Matthew Berry, Tom Wheeler, Mike O'Rielly, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Republican lawmakers investigate White House net neutrality push

Republicans in the U.S. Congress are demanding to know how much the White House influenced the Federal Communications Commission while the agency crafted net neutrality rules.

By Grant Gross | 21 February, 2015 08:50

Tags: telecommunication, U.S. White House, regulation, U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Jason Chaffetz, government, Barack Obama, internet, Internet service providers, broadband, U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform, Tom Wheeler

NSA, UK's GCHQ reportedly hacked encryption of SIM card maker

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

By Grant Gross | 20 February, 2015 07:41

Tags: Paul Beverly, security, U.K. Government Communications Headquarters, Edward Snowden, Gemalto, U.S. National Security Agency, mobile, government, privacy, intrusion

Both sides make last-minute push on Net neutrality

The clock is running down on the chance to lobby the US Federal Communications Commission before it votes on putting stronger net neutrality rules in place, and both sides of the battle are making sure their voices are heard.

By Grant Gross | 19 February, 2015 08:51

Tags: free press, telecommunication, regulation, Color of Change, U.S. Congress, Demand Progress, internet, Fight for the Future, Internet service providers, mozilla, Protect Internet Freedom, Evan Greer, Engine, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Ajit Pai, American Commitment, broadband

Russian extradited to US for hacks that stole 160 million credit card numbers

A Russian man accused of high-profile cyberattacks on Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Heartland Payment Systems and 7-Eleven has been extradited to the U.S. and appeared in court in Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday.

By Grant Gross | 18 February, 2015 08:57

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Alexandr Kalinin, Vladimir Drinkman, security, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Mikhail Rytikov, Roman Kotov, legal, Dmitriy Smilianets, Albert Gonzalez, cybercrime

Arabic cyberespionage group attacking Middle Eastern, other targets

An Arabic cyberespionage group has attacked thousands of high-profile targets in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and other countries for the past two years, cybersecurity vendor Kaspersky Lab said.

By Grant Gross | 18 February, 2015 07:48

Tags: Dmitry Bestuzhev, security, data breach, Exploits / vulnerabilities, kaspersky lab

Megaupload programmer pleads guilty to copyright infringement

A programmer for defunct file storage site Megaupload has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement charges and has been sentenced to a year and a day in U.S. prison.

By Grant Gross | 14 February, 2015 08:42

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, megaupload, Liam O’Grady, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Kim Dotcom, cloud computing, Andrus Nomm, internet, Criminal, Leslie Caldwell, intellectual property, copyright, legal

Obama pushes for more cyberthreat information sharing

U.S. businesses and government agencies need to work more closely together to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks, President Barack Obama said Friday.

By Grant Gross | 14 February, 2015 08:17

Tags: U.S. White House, security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kenneth Chenault, government, Barack Obama, Lisa Monaco, Stanford University, american express

US lawmakers introduce two bills to protect email privacy

A long-standing effort to extend privacy protections to email and other data in the cloud got new life Thursday when U.S. lawmakers introduced not one, but two bills to reform the country's electronic privacy laws.

By Grant Gross | 13 February, 2015 09:54

Tags: U.S. Senate, Dean Heller, Jared Polis, Kevin Yoder, Orrin Hatch, cloud computing, legislation, internet, privacy, Microsoft, Ron Wyden, security, Brad Smith, government, Chris Coons, Patrick Leahy

Groups to push for encryption, secure payments at White House cyber summit

The White House heads west to Silicon Valley on Friday looking for ideas on how to improve the nation's cybersecurity, and members of President Barack Obama's administration are likely to get an earful.

By Grant Gross | 13 February, 2015 05:22

Tags: tim cook, New America Foundation, National Retail Federation, U.S. White House, regulation, Kevin Bankston, Phil Smith, Stephen Orfei, Barack Obama, PCI Security Standards Council, Stanford University, Apple, trustwave, security, government

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