Stories by Martyn Williams

Instgram said to be back in North Korea

The photos are flowing again from Pyongyang.

By Martyn Williams | 26 June, 2015 06:51

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Instagram, regulation, government, social media, internet

US visa system coming back online after major outage

The U.S. Department of State is back in the business of issuing visas after a significant computer system failure halted work at consulates worldwide and inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of travelers.

By Martyn Williams | 24 June, 2015 04:48

Tags: Government use of IT, U.S. Department of State, government

US SEC said to be probing corporate hacks by FIN4 group

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is concerned that data stolen from companies in cyberattacks is being used to conduct what effectively is insider trading, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

By Martyn Williams | 24 June, 2015 03:52

Tags: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, regulation, security, data breach, FireEye, government

The US Navy's warfare systems command just paid millions to stay on Windows XP

The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from Windows XP.

By Martyn Williams | 23 June, 2015 09:09

Tags: applications, Microsoft, windows server, Windows, Windows desktop, software, Office suites, government, operating systems

After photo leak, North Korea said to block Instagram

Days after photos leaked of a fire at one of North Korea's biggest and best-known hotels, the country has begun restricting access to Instagram.

By Martyn Williams | 23 June, 2015 05:21

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Instagram, legislation, government, social media, internet

Google's driverless car fleet to double as it prepares for new tests

Google's autonomous car fleet is undergoing a major expansion. In the last month, the number of cars it is permitted to drive on public streets has more than doubled, and Google now accounts for more than half of the driverless cars that are legal in California.

By Martyn Williams | 19 June, 2015 09:16

Tags: Delphi Automotive, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Consumer Watchdog, Automotive, Google, robotics, legal, industry verticals

Lyft to pay $300,000, make insurance changes in settlement with New York

Lyft has agreed to pay the state of New York $300,000 to settle claims that it is running a for-hire livery service in violation of state and municipal laws.

By Martyn Williams | 19 June, 2015 03:12

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, regulation, Lyft, government, internet

US visa system won't be back online until at least next week

A computer problem that has brought down a key State Department system for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide won't be fixed until at least next week.

By Martyn Williams | 18 June, 2015 10:26

Tags: Government use of IT, US Department of State, government

Uber driver deemed employee by California Labor Commission

In a decision that could have major implications for the way Uber does business in its home state, the California Labor Commission has ruled that a driver was an employee when she was driving for the company.

By Martyn Williams | 18 June, 2015 01:25

Tags: Uber, Internet-based applications and services, regulation, government, internet

Amazon to call on US Congress for fewer drone restrictions

Amazon on Wednesday will call on the U.S. Congress to embrace automated drone flights and come up with a set of simple, nationwide regulations that will allow its proposed Prime Air service to get off the ground.

By Martyn Williams | 17 June, 2015 09:04

Tags: amazon, robotics

FBI investigates St Louis Cardinals over Houston Astros hacking

Federal law enforcement officers are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the biggest teams in U.S. Major League Baseball, sought to gain advantage over rival Houston Astros by hacking into its computer network and accessing a key database.

By Martyn Williams | 17 June, 2015 03:59

Tags: Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, intrusion, Major League Baseball, security, data breach

FBI investigating series of fiber cuts in San Francisco Bay Area

The FBI is looking into a series of deliberate cuts of fiber optic cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

By Martyn Williams | 16 June, 2015 09:01

Tags: Criminal, legal, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Problems hit US computer system for visas and passports

An unidentified glitch has hit the computer system used for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide, the State Department said Friday.

By Martyn Williams | 13 June, 2015 10:04

Tags: U.S. Department of State, government

US fears second major breach exposed more employee data

A second major cyber breach that might reveal far more personal and damaging information appears to have hit the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

By Martyn Williams | 13 June, 2015 08:32

Tags: security, Office of Personnel Management, data breach

Hacked data on millions of US gov't workers was unencrypted, union says

A union representing U.S. government workers says it believes detailed personal information on millions of current and former federal employees that was stolen by hackers was not encrypted.

By Martyn Williams | 12 June, 2015 10:22

Tags: security, Office of Personnel Management, data breach, American Federation of Government Employees

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