Grant Gross

Senior Editor

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service, and is based in Washington, D.C.


US IT salaries rose by more than 4 percent in 2014

US IT salaries rose by more than 4 percent in 2014

U.S. IT salaries were up by 4.25 percent in 2014, the highest increase in years, according to an IEEE-USA survey.

Russia, China said to use hacked databases to find US spies

Russia, China said to use hacked databases to find US spies

Russian and Chinese cyberspying units are reportedly cross-checking hacked databases to identify U.S. intelligence operatives.

US agency to seek consensus on divisive, volatile topic of security vulnerability disclosures

US agency to seek consensus on divisive, volatile topic of security vulnerability disclosures

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration will host a series of discussions about the best way to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Amazon said to scale down Fire smartphone team

Amazon said to scale down Fire smartphone team

Amazon has reportedly laid off dozens of engineers who worked on its Fire smartphone.

Spam King pleads guilty to Facebook hack, email scheme

Spam King pleads guilty to Facebook hack, email scheme

Sanford Wallace, the so-called Spam King, has pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal contempt in connection with misusing email, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

US agency tells electric utilities to shore up authentication

US agency tells electric utilities to shore up authentication

A new U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guide for electric utilities offers ways they can shore up their cybersecurity efforts.

Investment group settles US complaint in Yahoo takeover attempt

Investment group settles US complaint in Yahoo takeover attempt

Three investment companies have settled a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that they failed to disclose their larger intentions while acquiring Yahoo stock.

Court: FTC can bring down the hammer on companies with sloppy cybersecurity

Court: FTC can bring down the hammer on companies with sloppy cybersecurity

A U.S. appeals court has turned down hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide's challenge of the Federal Trade Commission's authority to enforce cybersecurity practices.

DOJ calls for encryption balance that includes law enforcement needs

Companies encrypting customer data should weigh the benefits to cybersecurity against needs of law enforcement, officials say

Court denies Samsung request for rehearing in Apple patent case

Samsung had sought to reduce a $548 million patent infringement award

Seller of melanoma detection apps settles FTC complaint

The marketers of Mole Detective apps lacked proof their products could detect melanoma, the agency says

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