AZA43 writes: Google released its latest transparency report, and according to the numbers, governments across the world are asking for twice as much user data as they were just four years ago. The U.S. government is asking for more than three times as much data, and it won't disclose specific information on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests, despite ongoing pressure from Google to do so.
bdcny7927 writes: Malware exists that lets Bad Guys hijack webcams and microphones. The U.S. government can't even do that yet, at least not legally, but it is working on it. Remember: It's not paranoia if they're actually after you.
bdcny7927 writes: For the sixth year in a row the Internal Revenue Service failed to resolve known cybersecurity issues. IRS did not install critical software fixes, let unauthorized people access accounting programs, didn't perform background checks on new hires and failed to ensure that contractors had received proper security training.
bdcny7927 writes: "The annals of tech history are littered with one-time high-fliers that have either dropped off the map or limped away. Is Google the next Sun or Yahoo? CIO.com's Rob Enderle identifies the common errors that have pushed great companies into a downward spiral, and offers advice for Google to avoid following that sad pattern."
bdcny7927 writes: From providing more spectrum space for wireless providers to battling online piracy to creating cybersecurity policy to protecting intellectual property, expect things to heat up in Washington this year. So pour yourself a cup of coffee and read on to learn how lawmakers will impact the tech world in the year ahead.
bdcny7927 writes: In an exclusive interview with CIO.com, the FBI official in charge of cybercrime speaks for the first time with the media specifically about hacktivism. Here, Assistant Executive Director Shawn Henry describes the threats hacktivists pose, the challenges associated with investigating them, and the FBI's success disrupting these groups. He also delivers a special message to hacktivists.
bdcny7927 writes: Facebook's settlement with the FTC bars the social network from making false claims about its privacy practices and requires Facebook to, among other measures, obtain users' express consent before sharing their information beyond their existing privacy settings.
bdcny7927 writes: China has built its first supercomputer based entirely on homegrown microprocessors, a major step in breaking the country's reliance on Western technology for high-performance computing.
bdcny7927 writes: Conventional wisdom maintains that cloud computing will eliminate scores of IT jobs. CIO.com's Bernard Golden explains why that argument is flawed and describes the many IT jobs that will flourish in the age of cloud computing.
bdcny7927 writes: The ever-growing number of cloud computing providers, combined with the pressure to select just the right service to prevent catastrophic IT and career failure, prevents many CIOs from moving forward with their cloud computing plans. CIO.com blogger and cloud computing expert Bernard Golden explains how IT leaders can keep their cloud plans moving forward.