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.

Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds may be dead

Senators want warrant protections for US email stored overseas

Senators want warrant protections for US email stored overseas

A new bill in Congress would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain court-ordered warrants before demanding the emails of the country's residents when they are stored overseas.

US government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

US government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.

US state officials worry about their ability to respond to cyberattacks

US state officials worry about their ability to respond to cyberattacks

Many U.S. states aren't confident in their ability to respond to cyberattacks on physical infrastructure such as water and electric systems, some emergency response officials said.

Criminal defendants demand to see FBI's secret hacking tool

Criminal defendants demand to see FBI's secret hacking tool

A secret FBI hacking tool, used to compromise the Tor anonymous browser in one investigation, is facing challenges from criminal defendants, perhaps putting its future in doubt.

Cybercriminals are increasingly embracing a sophisticated business-model approach

Cybercriminals are increasingly embracing a sophisticated business-model approach

Many cybercriminals can call on an extensive network of specialists for "business" expertise, including people who train and recruit, who launder money, and who provide escrow services, according to a new white paper.

A huge fine for Google could come soon in EU antitrust investigation

A huge fine for Google could come soon in EU antitrust investigation

Google could face a record fine of up to €3 billion (US $3.4 billion) as soon as early next month as part of a six-year European Commission antitrust investigation into the company's search engine dominance, according to a news report....

Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

A U.S. senator will introduce legislation to roll back new court rules allowing judges to give law enforcement agencies the authority to remotely hack computers.

Lawmakers probe large data breaches at US bank insurance agency

Lawmakers probe large data breaches at US bank insurance agency

The personal banking information of about 160,000 U.S. residents walked out the door of the federal government's bank insurance agency on removable media of employees departing in recent months.

Privacy advocates want protections for US residents in foreign surveillance law

Privacy advocates want protections for US residents in foreign surveillance law

The U.S. Congress should limit the ability of the FBI to search for information about the nation's residents in a database of foreign terrorism communications collected by the National Security Agency, some privacy advocates say.

Founder of Liberty Reserve virtual currency sentenced to 20 years in prison

Founder of Liberty Reserve virtual currency sentenced to 20 years in prison

The founder of now defunct virtual currency Liberty Reserve has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for using his company to run a huge money laundering scheme catering to cybercriminals.

Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues

Tech groups call on presidential candidates to support encryption, embrace other IT issues

U.S. presidential candidates should embrace encryption and narrow government access to Internet users' data as part of a comprehensive technology agenda, 13 IT trade groups recommended.

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