U.S. lawmakers should pass legislation to protect the nation’s power grids, financial networks and transportation systems from hacker attacks, Howard Schmidt, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, said.
The Obama administration won’t back legislation to combat online piracy if it encourages censorship, undermines cybersecurity or disrupts the structure of the Internet, three White House technology officials said.
WikiLeaks , condemned by the U.S. government for posting secret data leaked by insiders, may have used music- and photo-sharing networks to obtain and publish classified documents, according to a computer security firm.
On Feb. 3, President Barack Obama and the entire West Wing lost access to e-mail for more than seven hours. A tree-trimmer had accidentally cut the lines running out of the White House data center. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer sent a bulletin via Twitter -- the only way he could get the news out, he said -- letting the world know that “Verizon is working to solve the problem.”
Honeywell International Inc. agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by BorgWarner Inc. over a titanium wheel used in engine turbochargers. BorgWarner originally sought more than $100 million.
The U.S. should cooperate more with other countries on cross-border investigations of cybercrime to bolster national security and protect consumers from identity theft, witnesses told lawmakers during a Senate hearing today.
Chinese hackers have redefined the concept of room service: In one recent attack, they infiltrated an Internet service provider to some of the world’s leading hotels, potentially gaining access to millions of confidential messages of traveling executives, as well as to the victims’ corporate networks.