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US Justice Dept. demands anti-Trump site visitor logs

US Justice Dept. demands anti-Trump site visitor logs

DreamHost has revealed that the US Justice Department is demanding the records of visitors to a certain anti-Trump website on its network. The website in question is Disrupt J20, which helped organize inauguration day protest to oppose the Trump administration. According to DreamHost, the amount of data the Justice Department is demanding could infringe the rights of those Disrupt J20 visitors.

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Originator of web’s Password Rules admits he was wrong

Originator of web’s Password Rules admits he was wrong

A complicated, mixed up password is not any more secure than a password that's all lower-cased letters. The reason the internet told us (and continues to tell us) to make a password with numbers and capital and lower-cased characters and punctuation in it is a paper called "Digital Identity Guidelines." This nightmare of a paper was published at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the rules therein were based on pre-digital age security nonsense.

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WannaCry’s accidental hero arrested for malware past

WannaCry’s accidental hero arrested for malware past

Earlier this year, the WannaCry virus infected computer systems around the world. Most notably, the ransomware was responsible for crippling hospital systems in the UK, but it also spread to countries like Russia, German, Turkey, and Spain before it was brought down. This week, one of the researchers responsible for stopping WannaCry was arrested in Nevada.

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Pentagon tests tablet access to secret classified documents

Pentagon tests tablet access to secret classified documents

The Pentagon has expanded a pilot program to allow some top officials to access documents with a 'secret' classification using 8-inch tablets. The move follows a similar program that gave some officials access to both 'secret' and 'top secret' classified documents on smartphones. With this program, the government hopes to make it easier for these individuals to access data when out of the office.

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NASA wants a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to protect Earth from microbes

NASA wants a ‘Planetary Protection Officer’ to protect Earth from microbes

NASA is seeking a new 'Planetary Protection Officer,' according to a recent job listing, and whomever gets the position will be tasked with protecting our planet from alien life (though likely not in the way you're thinking). The position was recently listed on the USA Jobs government website, where it reveals that this well-paying position falls under the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection.

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Honolulu declares war on smartphone-distracted walkers

Honolulu declares war on smartphone-distracted walkers

Quite often, we hear about the dangers of texting or using a smartphone while driving, but what about using a smartphone while walking? Even though it might be inherently less dangerous because you're not controlling a multi-ton vehicle while distracted by your phone, it can still be dangerous to walk while distracted. One Hawaiiain city is looking to do something about that by banning smartphone use while using crosswalks.

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TSA’s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

TSA’s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

The TSA has announced new domestic safety screening rules that will make air travel a bit more frustrating for many travelers. Following the international in-flight laptop ban that had affected some countries -- a rule reportedly based on tips from intelligence agencies that large electronics may be modified as bombs -- the TSA has announced that all gadgets bigger than a cell phone will need to be screened separately from carry-on luggage.

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FBI spy-toy warning puts connected kid gadgets in crosshairs

FBI spy-toy warning puts connected kid gadgets in crosshairs

With security breaches seemingly popping up in the news every other week, by now most of us should (hopefully) know the basics of keeping our data safe online. Today, however, the FBI is trying to draw attention to a potential security risk that is often overlooked: internet connected toys. To hear the FBI lay out its case, it sounds like the organization has a lot of concerns about the data these internet connected toys can collect.

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Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout might hit an antitrust roadblock

Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout might hit an antitrust roadblock

Amazon certainly made a lot of waves when it announced a $13.7 billion bid to add Whole Foods to its portfolio last month. Some of those waves were worrying, though, as a number of other retailers and grocery chains saw their stock price plummet after the announcement. That reality of Amazon's influence, along with some other concerning factors, are causing some US lawmakers to urge a closer look at this transaction.

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Trump’s Advocate: 5 reasons you should FIGHT Net Neutrality [SATIRE]

Trump’s Advocate: 5 reasons you should FIGHT Net Neutrality [SATIRE]

There's a good number of reasons why a company should support Net Neutrality, and a couple why an individual like yourself should, too. Over the past several years, I've come to realize that the Internet is not an essential element in day-to-day life, and because of this, it should not be treated like the other basic utilities like electricity or water. Only those who have the most money should be able to afford the best brand webpages on the Internet - just like health care! ***

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PSA: US Border Patrol can’t search your phone’s cloud data

PSA: US Border Patrol can’t search your phone’s cloud data

The issue of electronic device searches at the border is a hot one, and though US Border Patrol can (and at times will) search your phone, it isn't allowed to search your cloud data accessible through the handset. The Customs and Border Patrol recently acknowledged that it does not have the authority to search cloud-only data found on phones, and that it doesn't search this data as a result. This includes your social media data.

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This is how Uber and Yandex are taking over Russia right now

This is how Uber and Yandex are taking over Russia right now

Uber announced today that they'd be taking a step up in the world by buying up a bunch of Russia's Google - Yandex. If you'll take a look at Yandex on the web, it'll become clear rather quickly what they're in a position to do. They've got all the bases covered - or nearly all the bases covered - for a Russia-based do-everything company of which Uber now owns a significant portion.

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