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White House announces ConnectHome initiative to bring internet to low-income homes

White House announces ConnectHome initiative to bring internet to low-income homes

The Obama administration has announced a program today that aims to increase the number of low-income households who have access to high-speed internet. The initiative is called ConnectHome, and will see Google, along with internet service providers including Cox, Sprint, and Century Link bring broadband service that is either free or at a very cheap price to 275,000 families across the US, in 27 cities.

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ProxyHam anonymity project bizarrely destroyed sans explanation

ProxyHam anonymity project bizarrely destroyed sans explanation

Staying private on the Internet has become a big concern for many and a problem for certain government agencies. The Edward Snowden leaks revealed a trove of data on government spying, and since then companies have moved to further encrypt data and many devices have cropped up promising high security. ProxyHam is one of those devices. The maker described the device as a hardware proxy that could be planted somewhere like your local cafe; it would use radio connections to transmit the signal up to 2.5 miles away, leaving the Internet user safely hidden. Now the project has been cancelled under bizarre circumstances.

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Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

A man was arrested this week for charging his iPhone on a train. This happened in London, and the man has since been "de-arrested" for the charges. The charges included "abstracting electricity" - which essentially means he was taking electricity from the train without paying for it. Electricity sockets aboard this train were meant for cleaners only, not for the public. As such, this man was captured by the police, handcuffed, and brought in to the nearest police precinct, where he was processed.

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NY Stock Exchange shuts down for 3 hours due to “technical issue”

NY Stock Exchange shuts down for 3 hours due to “technical issue”

The New York Stock Exchange shuts down entirely as a "technical issue" bogs the system. While it's been suggested by the NYSE that this is not due to any sort of malicious attack, no definitive answer has yet been given for what the technical bug could be. Word from the chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White says "We are in contact with N.Y.S.E. and are closely monitoring the situation and trading in N.Y.S.E.-listed stocks." This is the second of two issues today, the first having been announced as resolved at 9:37 AM Eastern Standard Time.

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NSA can restart bulk data collection for 6 months, rules court

NSA can restart bulk data collection for 6 months, rules court

The American Civil Liberties Union is gearing up for a legal battle following a ruling yesterday evening by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — according to it, the National Security Agency (NSA) can restart its bulk collection of American phone data. The ACLU is planning to challenge the ruling, and will be seeking an injunction against the program via the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously this court had ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection program was illegal.

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Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

Gay Marriage Supreme Court ruling celebrated by tech brands and leaders alike

This morning the United States Supreme Court announced that same-sex marriage would be legalized across the USA. According to the official decision document, "The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States." In response, just about every tech company and brand associate have taken the opportunity to celebrate the decision with rainbow flags, jumps for joy, and everything in-between. Companies like Google, Motorola, and Twitter as well as high-profile leaders in tech like Apple's Tim Cook are amongst those joining in on the revels.

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Canadian government websites hit with cyberattack

Canadian government websites hit with cyberattack

Following disclosure of a massive breach of government data in the United States (and a second breach), word has surfaced that the Canadian government has undergone its own cyberattack. The attack targeted Canadian government websites and email systems, having been a denial of service attack against the nation's gc.ca server. The cyberattack was confirmed by Treasury Board President Tony Clement, and it affected several agencies in the nation’s government, including the websites of its Transport, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Employment, and Labor departments.

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US Navy caught soliciting for 0-day security bugs

US Navy caught soliciting for 0-day security bugs

The US government seems to really have a thing about backdoors, which doesn't sound good whether or not you have an overactive mind. It is almost understandable that the CIA and the NSA and the FBI would want such kind of access to software, but now even the Navy seems to be in on the scheme. Advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF discovered that the Navy posted, and later took down, an online solication that, in essence, was trying to buy zero or N day security bugs from widely used software.

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US officials reveal second massive hack: security clearance forms grabbed

US officials reveal second massive hack: security clearance forms grabbed

The recent hack of government data, at least according to those who know of the matter, is far worse than previously revealed. At least 4 million people were comprised, it was originally reported, but a recent letter to the OPM indicated that every single federal employee might have had some data stolen, including former federal workers. Now a second hack has been disclosed by sources, and it is said to have involved the theft of data related to intelligence employees and military personnel.

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OPM hack: all federal workers (possibly) had personal data stolen

OPM hack: all federal workers (possibly) had personal data stolen

Last week a massive data breach left the personal data on a reported four million federal employees compromised, but now word has it the hack was far larger in scope than previously revealed. In a recent letter it was stated that the personal data of every federal worker was stolen, as well as a large mass of details on former federal workers. The data taken is believed to be expansive, including things like health/life insurance info, pay data, military records, names, birth dates, and addresses, and more.

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