Technology

From ArsTechnica: Joe Mullin – Aug 9, 2016 12:55 am UTC Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested last year after showing a home-made clock to a teacher at his high school, has filed a lawsuit against his former school district, its principal, and the city of Irving, Texas. Mohamed’s lawsuit (PDF), filed earlier today, claims that the school district…

From ArsTechnica: Jon Brodkin – Aug 8, 2016 7:00 pm UTC AT&T has agreed to pay $7.75 million after a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation uncovered a cramming scam in which AT&T customers were billed $9 a month for a non-existent directory assistance service. When the DEA investigated two Cleveland-area companies for drug-related crimes and money laundering, the agency seized the companies’ “cars,…

From NextGov: The Homeland Security secretary’s remarks about designating election systems as critical infrastructure earned support from the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “Designating election systems as critical infrastructure could improve and expand our nation’s ability to prevent and to respond to potential cyberattacks originating both from inside or…

From ArsTechnica: Dan Goodin – Aug 8, 2016 5:38 pm UTC MICROS, an Oracle-owned division that’s one of the world’s top three point-of-sale services, has suffered a security breach. The attack possibly comes at the hands of a Russian crime gang that siphoned out more than $1 billion from banks and retailers in past hacks,…

From The Verge: The US Food and Drug Administration will officially start regulating the sale of e-cigarettes today. Following a ruling that was finalized back in May, the agency now considers e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other related electronic devices “tobacco products,” and will henceforth ban sales to anyone under the age of 18. Retailers are now…

From ArsTechnica: Glyn Moody (UK) – Aug 8, 2016 1:57 pm UTC A recent extension of UK copyright for industrially manufactured artistic works represents “a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution,” says Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge. The UK government last month extended copyright for designs from 25 years to the life of the designer plus…

From The Verge: The United States Cyber Command is sub-unified command in the US Department of Defense, responsible for cyberspace operations and protecting US military networks. According to Reuers, the Obama administration is getting ready to elevate the organization to a unified command, which would put it on par with the other nine combat commands.…

From Wired: “High security” consumer electronic safes could certainly be pried open with power tools, but they’re marketed as reasonably robust for daily-life scenarios. On Friday, though, a hacker known as Plore presented strategies for identifying a safe custom-selected keycode and then using it to unlock the safe normally, without any damage or indication that…

From The Verge: As the Olympic Games have begun in Rio, the International Paralympic Committee has announced that it has suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee due to concerns over a state-backed doping scheme. As a result, the Russian team will not be permitted to compete in this year’s Paralympics in September. The IPC began its…

From The Verge: Following a court order, the Obama administration has unveiled the documents that guide its decisions to capture or kill individuals who are involved in terrorist activities around the world. The documents provide a new look at the infrastructure that supports drone operations across the Middle East. The redacted, eighteen page Presidential Policy…