ISPs plan to hijack browsers and limit Internet access to combat copyright piracy

Comcast has confirmed that it will prevent repeat file sharers from browsing the Web until they call the company to resolve the matter. The move is part of a Copyright Alert System that was recently rolled out by several major Internet service providers. The system has earned the nickname “six strikes,” due to its series …

Justice Department gets demands to explain Aaron Swartz Prosecution by Congress

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and ranking minority leader Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) wrote in their Jan. 28 letter that it appeared that prosecutors had intentionally bulked up the felony counts against Swartz in order to increase the amount of time in prison he would face. read more

Comprehensive Cybersecurity Bill: Priority of US Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Senators John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Tom Carper, incoming Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement on the introduction of S. 21, the Cybersecurity and American …

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 …