Items tagged with Barack Obama

In line with a HotHardware report published last October, officials yesterday confirmed to CNN that the White House was hacked last year and that the alleged culprit is the Russian government. The hackers — believed to be the same group that managed to gain entry to State Department computer system last October — were able to access sensitive information regarding President Barack Obama, including his private schedule. White House officials say although these cyber-attacks are among the most advanced to ever hit the US government, no classified systems were in breach. “This report is not referring... Read more...
U.S. President Barack Obama is getting a little hot under the collar, and we’re not talking about the speech that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave this morning. Instead, President Obama is troubled over new regulations that are being proposed by the Chinese government, which would affect American tech companies that conduct business within China’s borders. President Obama is fearful that China’s plans — which include allowing the Chinese government to install security backdoors, requiring companies to hand over encryption keys, and keeping user data on Chinese soil — are an assault... Read more...
The unfortunate reality that we had to come to grips with in 2014 is that hackers aren't going anywhere, and if anything, they're becoming a growing nuisance. That isn't likely to change in 2015, though U.S. President Barack Obama wants to see some changes in the way security breaches are handled. One of the things he's pushing for is a requirement for companies to notify their customers within 30 days when data has been compromised.It's one of the measures included in the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, a national standard that would require companies to be more forthcoming when... Read more...
Comcast is one of two companies to have earned Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" title on more than one occasion (once in 2010 and again this year, 2014), and it looks like the company is lobbying for a third title. That is, unless there's another explanation as to how the cable giant can claim (seemingly with straight face) that it's in agreement with President Barack Obama for a free and open Internet. In case you missed it, Obama issued an open letter to the FCC urging it to enact strong net neutrality rules and to reclassify Internet service as a utility, all in support of a free and... Read more...
Amid increasing threats of cyber attacks by foreign forces, the White House is reportedly going to release an executive order intended to improve the nation's cyber defenses. Details of the directive are expected to be released during a briefing tomorrow morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to The Hill, which claims to have spoken with two people familiar with the matter, the executive order would establish voluntary cybersecurity standards for businesses operating critical infrastructure. Government agencies, in turn, would be required to share information about potential threats... Read more...
There have been countless polls that have tried to predict who is ahead in the Presidential race, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but AVAST Software thinks it has them all beat. Yes, that AVAST Software, the same one that makes security software, including a popular free antivirus program named after itself. What's AVAST Software's play here? Plain and simple, the security vendor, which is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, claims its poll had less to do with politics than its desire to test its ability to gather opinions from a large sample size in a short period of time. "Our reasons for doing... Read more...
The Secret Service is investigating a Facebook poll which had been posted Saturday and was taken down Monday morning after the Secret Service alerted Facebook. The poll asked "Should Obama be killed?" The responses included: yesmaybeif he cuts my health carenoYou can see an image of the now-deleted poll above. It shows that at least at one point there were over 700 votes. Here is a statement from Facebook:“The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning. It was immediately suspended while the inappropriate content... Read more...
Intuit, we're sure, loves free advertising, but not of this type. Tim Geithner has been roasted over the fact that while working for the International Monetary Fund, he failed to pay his Social Security and Medicare taxes as required. When asked about how he had his taxes prepared during that time, Geithner answered "I used TurboTax."Senator Charles Grassley replied: "The tax code is complex and tax preparers get it wrong; I appreciate you prepared your own returns." Geithner added that, to his recollection, the software did not prompt him to report income and pay self-employment taxes. "I mistakenly... Read more...