Grant GrossWashington Correspondent, IDG News Service

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for the IDG News Service, and is based in Washington, D.C.

US salaries

US IT salaries rose by more than 4 percent in 2014

U.S. IT salaries were up by 4.25 percent in 2014, the highest increase in years, according to an IEEE-USA survey.

A new version of the sophisticated Duqu malware is used for spying

Russia, China said to use hacked databases to find US spies

Russian and Chinese cyberspying units are reportedly cross-checking hacked databases to identify U.S. intelligence operatives.

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Local officials question FCC's broadband subsidy proposal

Several groups and elected officials have objected to parts of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's plan to expand telephone subsidies for low-income people to include broadband service.

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US agency to seek consensus on divisive, volatile topic of security vulnerability disclosures

The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration will host a series of discussions about the best way to disclose cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

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NSA wins battle over its phone records collection, as court lifts injunction, but fight isn't over

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a district court injunction against the National Security Agency's bulk collection of domestic telephone records.

Broadband

CenturyLink to deploy broadband to rural areas in 33 states

CenturyLink has accepted more than $500 million from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to roll out broadband to rural areas in 33 states.

Spam

Spam King pleads guilty to Facebook hack, email scheme

Sanford Wallace, the so-called Spam King, has pleaded guilty to fraud and criminal contempt in connection with misusing email, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

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US agency tells electric utilities to shore up authentication

A new U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guide for electric utilities offers ways they can shore up their cybersecurity efforts.

Investment group settles US complaint in Yahoo takeover attempt

Three investment companies have settled a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that they failed to disclose their larger intentions while acquiring Yahoo stock.

Security

Court: FTC can bring down the hammer on companies with sloppy cybersecurity

A U.S. appeals court has turned down hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide's challenge of the Federal Trade Commission's authority to enforce cybersecurity practices.

PCWorld News

Court denies Samsung request for rehearing in Apple patent case

Samsung had sought to reduce a $548 million patent infringement award

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Seller of melanoma detection apps settles FTC complaint

The marketers of Mole Detective apps lacked proof their products could detect melanoma, the agency says

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DOJ calls for encryption balance that includes law enforcement needs

Companies encrypting customer data should weigh the benefits to cybersecurity against needs of law enforcement, officials say

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SEC charges 32 in press release hacking, stock trading scheme

The agency's move comes in addition to charges against nine defendants brought by the DOJ

PCWorld News

Nine charged in press release breaches, stock trading scheme

The defendants allegedly hacked into the networks of three press release sites and traded on nonpublic information