Google looks to ditch passwords for good with NFC-based replacement

Google engineers are testing new tools that could replace passwords as the primary way of authenticating identity on the web. Google is currently running a pilot that uses a YubiKey cryptographic card developed by Yubico — a start-up operated out of Sweden and the US, which has produced a two-factor authentication fob that can emit encrypted …

Aaron Swartz, Tech Prodigy and Internet Activist, Is Dead at 26

Aaron Swartz, the brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist who inspired awe and reverence from leading figures in the technology world, died in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, his family said in a statement. New York City’s chief medical examiner ruledthe death a suicide by hanging. Swartz was 26 years old. Read more:

China adopts new Internet rules

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China has endorsed a set of new rules requiring global network users to register on the Internet under their real names. The new law aims to protect private information and public interests and envisages punishment for info security offenders by confiscation of illegally earned income, revocation …

The Internet Society on Syria’s Internet Shutdown

On behalf of Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO, and the Internet Society Board of Trustees: Emerging reports from various organizations and individuals indicate that international Internet connectivity was shut off in Syria today. The Internet is an open, global medium for communication, idea exchange, empowerment, and innovation. Access to the global Internet is a …

Emerging Cyber-Security Threats and Implications for the Private Sector

Adapted from CircleID. The new gTLD program will have a profound impact on the private sector’s increasing dominance over Internet information resources and ownership of critical registry technical infrastructure assets. It is already anticipated that only the private sector will take full advantage of the commercial possibilities offered by the introduction of new gTLDs, and …

FBI Unveils New Program To Teach Cyber Security To Kids

A free web-based program aimed at educating children about cyber safety through games, videos, and other interactive features has been unveiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dubbed the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge, the site features six grade-specific virtual islands for students from third-grade through eighth-grade. Each virtual island has specific cyber safety …