TechSpot

government articles

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban, reinstates ban minutes later

When YouTube refused to take down a controversial video called "Innocence of Muslims" this summer, a small number of violent protests were sparked. Pakistani officials reacted by imposing a country-wide block of YouTube. According to the New York Times, YouTube was made…

Google may avoid FTC ruling by issuing voluntary changes

Following a year-and-a-half long anti-trust investigation, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is expected to escape a final determination by the Federal Trade Commission thanks to the enactment of a number of "voluntary" measures -- a consent decree which…

Congress passes resolution condemning U.N. Internet "takeover"

In response to a set of Internet eavesdropping standards recently adopted by the International Telecommunications Union, Congress has voted unanimously(!) in favor of a resolution which opposes any sort of U.N. Internet "takeover". Finally, something which American legislators seem to…

U.N. communications body adopts eavesdropping standards

Despite concerns voiced by Germany, a number of Internet eavesdropping techniques were approved for use by the International Telecommunication Union. The ITU is the specialized U.N. body charged with the facilitation and regulation of information and communication technologies. Cdt.org provides…

Syrian Internet outage persists, Speak2Tweet allows phone tweets

It appears Syria's recent and continued Internet outage has rekindled public interest in Google's Speak2Tweet service. Speak2Tweet allows individuals without Internet access to use Twitter by calling a voicemail system. The audio messages left behind are then made publicly available on…

Syria pulls the plug, Internet traffic comes to a halt

Syria's tether to the digital world appears to have been severed, cutting off Internet access to and from the country entirely. In addition to an apparent Internet blackout, Syrians may also be facing isolated landline and cellular phone service disruptions according…

MegaUpload's me.ga domain suspended prior to launch

Well -- that didn't take long. It appears MegaUpload's resurrection as me.ga has already been thwarted by the Gabonese government. The republic's Minster of Communications Blaise Lourmbe insisted that Gabon will not "serve as a platform or screen for committing…

Solar panel management systems vulnerable to attack, DHS warns

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued another industrial control warning (pdf) regarding critical vulnerabilities found across a number of solar panel systems. Affected systems can be easily exploited using "proof of concept" code developed by security researchers Roberto Paleari…

NZ Prime Minister apologizes to MegaUpload's Kim DotCom

Today New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key issued an apology to Kim DotCom for failing to protect him against illegal surveillance performed by NZ authorities. DotCom is the brains behind the long defunct MegaUpload, a file sharing service shut down…