Halt and De-List Domain Names Used For Coronavirus-Related Scams And Fake Remedies

In light of this increase in cybercrime, New York Attorney General Letitia James asks GoDaddy and five additional internet registrars to halt and de-list domain names used for coronavirus-related scams and fake remedies. The Attorney sent letters to domain name registrars — including GoDaddy.com, Dynadot.com, Name.com, Namecheap.com, and Registrar.com, and the Endurance International Group, which… Read More

No Student Data Exposed in State Vendor’s Suspected Data Breach

August 30, 2019 – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced today that no student information was compromised when unauthorized server access occurred on a state vendor’s system last month. THEC Executive Director Mike Krause said: “Immediately after determining a possible breach had occurred, our agency, working with the website vendor and the Tennessee Bureau… Read More

AG Grewal Files Lawsuit to Prevent Imminent Release of Printable-Gun Computer Files

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Essex County today seeking to prevent a firearms developer from publicly releasing computer files that would enable individuals to create untraceable firearms using a 3-D printer. The firearm developer, a Texas-based company, called “Defense Distributed,” has threatened to release the public files on… Read More

Bipartisan Legislation To Improve The Cybersecurity Of “Internet-Of-Things” (IoT) Devices

Computer science major, CIA undercover officer, cybersecurity entrepreneur, and former IT Subcommittee chair U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined his colleagues to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve the cybersecurity of “Internet-Of-Things” (IoT) Devices. The bill introduced in the House by Hurd and Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02) and in the Senate by U.S. Sens. Mark R.… Read More

Skoufis Hosts Small Business Forum in Haverstraw

Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) hosted a forum for small businesses in North Rockland at the Haverstraw Community Center. The forum focused on entrepreneurship opportunities, State and local economic trends, and state assistance programs for small businesses. Local and regional business leaders were featured as panelists, including Al Samuels, President/CEO of the Rockland Business Association,… Read More

Conspired To Advertise Child Pornography

A dual national citizen of the United States and Ireland Eric Eoin Marques, 33, of Dublin, Ireland, pleaded guilty in federal court in Maryland before U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang to conspiracy to advertise child pornography. Marques was extradited to the United States by Irish authorities on March 23, 2019. In his plea agreement,… Read More

National Archives to Release 1940 Census Free Online

The National Archives today announced that it has selected and awarded a contract to Inflection, parent company to family history web site Archives.com, to design and host a free web site for April 2, 2012, at 9 AM (EST) launch of the 1940 U.S. Census. It is the first time that the National Archives has… Read More

Fake Web Hosting Billing Invoice scam

Scam Alert: The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) warns businesses about a Fake Web Hosting Billing Invoice scam that has hit Connecticut. The invoices claim to be from “Web Host Agents,” and ask for payment to host the recipient’s website to remain active and not taken down. DCP received their first complaint about this scam… Read More

Do Web Hosts Protect Their Small Business Customers with Secure Hosting and Anti-Phishing Technologies?

Office Of Technology Research and Investigation (OTech) In a Staff Perspective, “Do Web Hosts Protect Their Small Business Customers with Secure Hosting and Anti-Phishing Technologies?”, the FTC’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation examined the security features of a particular web hosting services that cater to small businesses. The Staff Perspective notes, however, that of… Read More

Teach children how to navigate misinformation and fake news

Addressing over 200 young participants at the ‘Times Scholars Event’ through video conferencing, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, said: “Teach children how to navigate misinformation and fake news that infest the media landscape, especially the new media environment these days.” “A well-read student is definitely better prepared to overcome challenges in life.”… Read More

Department of Science and Technology (DST)

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched INR 15 Crore fund to support and connect Indian and Russian Science & Technology (S&T) led SMEs and Startups. It is for joint R & D for technology development and cross-country technology adaptation, assessment, and accelerated commercialization Programme. It is a partnership with the Federation of Indian… Read More

TRIFED’s Van Dhan programme

TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs committed to the welfare and growth of the tribal people. The organization continues to forge ahead in its endeavor to bring the tribal people towards mainstream development. To its ongoing initiatives and programme implementations, a tripartite MOU signed between TRIFED, IIT Delhi (on behalf of the UBA, as… Read More

FTC to Examine Past Acquisitions by Large Technology Companies

February 11, 2020, The Federal Trade Commission issued Special Orders under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act to five large technology firms Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google Inc., and Microsoft Corp. requiring them to provide information about prior acquisitions not reported to the antitrust agencies, FTC and the U.S. Department of… Read More

Prevents Federal entities’ Use Of Facial Recognition Tools

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, along with U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13), and Katherine Clark (D-MA-05), announced the introduction of bicameral legislation to stop government use of biometric technology, including facial recognition tools. The legislation prevents federal entities’ use of facial recognition tools… Read More

Commerce Tightens Restrictions on Technology Exports

Commerce Tightens Restrictions on Technology Exports to Combat Chinese, Russian and Venezuelan Military Circumvention Efforts The Department of Commerce announced new export control actions to prevent efforts by entities in China, Russia, and Venezuela to acquire U.S. technology. As the same could be used in the development of weapons, military aircraft, or surveillance technology through… Read More

The expert committee invites public comments on the Non-Personal Data Framework

The Expert Committee on Non-Personal Data Governance Framework briefed media today, on various aspects of Data Governance – Non-Personal through a virtual press conference. Shri. Kris Gopalakrishnan chaired the briefing in the presence of other members of the committee. He along with other members of committee touched upon several emerging, and innovative ideas on Non-Personal… Read More

G20 Digital Economy Ministers hosted by Saudi Arabia

A virtual meeting of G20 Digital Economy Ministers hosted by Saudi Arabia, holding the presidency of G20, took place. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, represented India during this virtual meeting. Ravi Shankar Prasad at G20 Digital Minister’s Meetc said: “Digital platforms have to be responsive and accountable towards countries’… Read More

Importance of EU-U.S. Data Flows

On July 16, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross issued the following statement on Schrems IIcase ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the Importance of EU-U.S. Data Flows. “While the Department of Commerce is deeply disappointed that the court appears to have invalidated the European Commission’s adequacy decision underlying… Read More

NCDIT Chief Stepping Down to Lead a Broadband Accessibility Nonprofit

Gov. Roy Cooper today announced that Tracy Doaks, secretary of N.C. Department of Information Technology will be stepping down from the agency on July 31. Doaks has accepted a position to lead a nonprofit focused on delivering high-speed internet and other essential technologies for communities throughout North Carolina. “Secretary Doaks is a talented leader and… Read More

Chairwoman JOHNSON Applauds Inclusion Of ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INITIATIVE In NDAA

(Dallas, TX) – Included in the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House floor yesterday was an amendment to create a National Artificial Intelligence Initiative. It’s done to accelerate and coordinate Federal investments and facilitate new public-private partnerships in research, standards, and education in artificial intelligence. To ensure the United States leads… Read More