Lenovo Group Ltd. has turned to national security insiders to win U.S. approval to buy Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility phone unit and International Business Machines Corp.’s low-end server business, people familiar with the two deals said.
President Barack Obama will put off decisions on the most controversial aspects of the U.S. government’s data-collection programs, including those faulted by phone and Internet companies that say customers are losing faith that their privacy is protected.
President Barack Obama will order an end to government storage of bulk phone records as it now exists under a revamp of U.S. surveillance activities he’ll announce today, an administration official said.
The U.S. is invoking Cold War-era national-security powers to force telecommunication companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to divulge confidential information about their networks in a hunt for Chinese cyber-spying.
A presidential advisory panel on government surveillance recommended satisfying a demand of Internet companies such as Yahoo! Inc. and Facebook Inc. while putting new burdens on telecommunications providers to retain data for future snooping.
The U.S. is planning for a possible wave of computer attacks against companies by hackers connected to Syria or Iran in retaliation for any military strike against the government of Bashar al-Assad, according to a person familiar with the planning.
The uproar in Europe over spying by the U.S. National Security Agency has led to calls for a treaty or code of conduct to limit espionage. To understand why this is naive, imagine a treaty to ban sex. It would be honored in the breach. States, too, have an overwhelming natural impulse: to spy.