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White House may relieve DHS of cybersecurity role

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Politics and Law 

SAN FRANCISCO--The federal official overseeing a 60-day review of the U.S. government's cybersecurity efforts indicated Wednesday that the final report recommends shifting more responsibilities to the White House.

"It provides the president with recommendations for a White House organizational structure that can effectively address cyberspace-related issues," Melissa Hathaway, acting cyberspace director for the White House's National Security and Homeland Security councils, said at the RS...


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Cybersecurity review done, heads to Obama soon

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Politics and Law 

President Barack Obama will soon receive the results of a 60-day review of cybersecurity that should weigh in on whether he should name a cybersecurity czar, the White House said on Friday.

The review could also make recommendations on how much should be budgeted to prevent potential hacker attacks on critical infrastructure and fight widespread Internet fraud.

"Today, the interagency group undertaking the review concluded its work and is now in the process of submitting its findings and ...


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FBI spyware used to nab hackers, extortionists

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Politics and Law 

The FBI has used a secret form of spyware in a series of investigations designed to nab extortionists, database-deleting hackers, child molesters, and hitmen, according to documents obtained by CNET News.

One suspect used Microsoft's Hotmail to send bomb and anthrax threats to an undercover government investigator; another demanded a payment of $10,000 a month to stop cutting cables; a third was an alleged European hitman who was soliciting for business from a Hushmail.com account.

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Obama eases restrictions on U.S. telecom firms in Cuba

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Politics and Law 
In a move to reach out the Cuban people, the White House on Monday announced a series of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, including the authorization of greater telecommunications links to the communist country.

"This will increase the means through which Cubans on the island can communicate with each other and with persons outside of Cuba," the White House said in a statement. "Cuban American connections to family in Cuba are not only a basic right in humanitarian terms, but also our best ...

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