'“Over the last 20 years or so, regardless of what party was in power, the FTC has been afraid, been risk-averse, been weak-kneed — choose your metaphor — to the powers of the big digital companies,” said Jeff Chester, executive director for the Center for Digital Democracy, who was involved in the talks.' - via David Uberti, writing at Vice News
Fellow member of the Security Bloggers Network - Brian Krebs and his superlative blog Krebs On Security provides a tour de force exposé of the unfortunate current security posture of the wireless carriers in the United States. Read it my friends, and weep for your mobile telephony, and the decidely non-righteous path the Carriers are on.
"If you are somehow under the impression that you — the customer — are in control over the security, privacy and integrity of your mobile phone service, think again. And you’d be forgiven if you assumed the major wireless carriers or federal regulators had their hands firmly on the wheel. No, a series of recent court cases and unfortunate developments highlight the sad reality that the wireless industry today has all but ceded control over this vital national resource to cybercriminals, scammers, corrupt employees and plain old corporate greed." - via the inimitable Brian Krebs at Krebs On Security
The most succesful voting technology company in the United States claims their systems are not connected to the web. Sounds legit, right? After all, who would open up a critical platform like the electoral contraptions in place today to the vicissitudes of the interweb... Given all of that, the jig is apparently up. Read Kim Zetter's landmark reportage and you'll know the answer to the jig, as it were. Just don't expect a lot of movement from the current crop in the House or the Senate, or the White House for that matter. You might have to be patient and cool-your-proverbial-heels till the next 'Administration. Simply shameful.