Dept. of Defense Networks Compromised

23 Mar 2012

Experts Tell Senate: Government Networks Owned, Resistance Is Futile [Threat Post]

Network security experts from across the U.S. government told a U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee Tuesday that federal networks have been thoroughly penetrated by foreign spies, and that current perimeter-based defenses that attempt to curb intrusions are outdated and futile.

Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities the experts told the assembled Senators that the U.S. government needed to abandon the notion that it could keep outsiders off its computer networks.

So while the government can’t protect itself from foreign spies, Dept. of Homeland Security is attempting to get the authority to protect private citizens from the dangers of the internet.  Yeah, right.

Here’s another discomforting thought…

Finally, the U.S. education system is failing to produce the number people with the advanced skills and degrees that are needed.

Not a surprise, but admitting the problem is part of the solution.


Google to Pay $500M Settlement to U.S. Government

24 Aug 2011

Google Said to Reach $500 Million Settlement With Government [CNBC/NY Times]

Regulators will announce Wednesday that Google will pay $500 million to settle government charges that it has illegally shown ads for online pharmacies that operate outside the law, according to two people briefed on the investigation.

At the time, government officials said the investigation concerned ads from online pharmacies that operate illegally by failing to require a prescription or selling counterfeit drugs. Google has said in the past that regulating these pharmacies on its site is a cat-and-mouse game, because when it introduces rules to prevent them from advertising, they find new ways to appear on Google.

Web sites are liable for ads on their sites from advertisers that break federal criminal law.

Obama Seeks Internet “Do Not Track” List

17 Mar 2011

Obama administration seeks Internet privacy bill

The FTC has called for a “Do Not Track” option, where people could tell companies that they did not want information gathered on them.

I suppose this is supposed to be similar to the “Do not call” list. I would rather the government stay out of it.