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Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:50:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Judge Sets Restrictions for Apple on E-Books Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Judge Sets Restrictions for Apple on E-Books By JULIE BOSMAN September 6, 2013 As punishment for engaging in an e-book price-fixing conspiracy, Apple will be forced to abide by new restrictions on its agreements with publishers and be evaluated by an external "compliance officer" for two years, a federal judge has ruled. But the judge, Denise L. Cote of Federal District Court in Manhattan, rejected some of the measures sought by the Justice Department, including extensive government oversight over Apple's App Store. In a filing this week, Judge Cote issued her final ruling on the penalties to be imposed on Apple after the long-running lawsuit against the technology giant filed by the Justice Department in April 2012. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/business/media/judge-sets-final-restrictions-for-apple-on-e-books.html
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:50:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Legislation Seeks to Bar N.S.A. Tactic in Encryption Message-ID: <email@example.com> Legislation Seeks to Bar N.S.A. Tactic in Encryption By SCOTT SHANE and NICOLE PERLROTH September 6, 2013 After disclosures about the National Security Agency's stealth campaign to counter Internet privacy protections, a congressman has proposed legislation that would prohibit the agency from installing "back doors" into encryption, the electronic scrambling that protects e-mail, online transactions and other communications. Representative Rush D. Holt, a New Jersey Democrat who is also a physicist, said Friday that he believed the N.S.A. was overreaching and could hurt American interests, including the reputations of American companies whose products the agency may have altered or influenced. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/us/politics/legislation-seeks-to-bar-nsa-tactic-in-encryption.html
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:50:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: F.T.C. Says Webcam's Flaw Put Users' Lives on Display Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> F.T.C. Says Webcam's Flaw Put Users' Lives on Display By EDWARD WYATT September 4, 2013 WASHINGTON - The so-called Internet of Things - digitally connected devices like appliances, cars and medical equipment - promises to make life easier for consumers. But regulators are worried that some products may be magnets for hackers. On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission took its first action to protect consumers from reckless invasions of privacy, penalizing a company that sells Web-enabled video cameras for lax security practices. According to the F.T.C., the company, TRENDnet, told customers that its products were "secure," marketing its cameras for home security and baby monitoring. In fact, the devices were compromised. The commission said a hacker in January 2012 exploited a security flaw and posted links to the live feeds, which "displayed babies asleep in their cribs, young children playing and adults going about their daily lives." ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/technology/ftc-says-webcams-flaw-put-users-lives-on-display.html
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:50:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web Message-ID: <email@example.com> N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web By NICOLE PERLROTH, JEFF LARSON and SCOTT SHANE September 5, 2013 The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show. Many users assume - or have been assured by Internet companies - that their data is safe from prying eyes, including those of the government, and the N.S.A. wants to keep it that way. The agency treats its recent successes in deciphering protected information as among its most closely guarded secrets, restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program code-named Bullrun, according to the documents, provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor. Beginning in 2000, as encryption tools were gradually blanketing the Web, the N.S.A. invested billions of dollars in a clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop. Having lost a public battle in the 1990s to insert its own "back door" in all encryption, it set out to accomplish the same goal by stealth. The agency, according to the documents and interviews with industry officials, deployed custom-built, superfast computers to break codes, and began collaborating with technology companies in the United States and abroad to build entry points into their products. The documents do not identify which companies have participated. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html
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