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.

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Darkode computer hacking forum shuts after investigation spanning 20 countries

The Web forum was 'one of the gravest threats' to computer security, a U.S. official says

Vietnamese man gets 13 years for massive ID theft scheme

Ngo was connected to a 200-million record data breach at a credit monitoring firm.

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ACLU asks court to immediately kill NSA phone snooping

A court that already found the program illegal should shut it down, instead of allowing it to be phased out, the ACLU says

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US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

But it's unclear if privacy and consumer groups will come to the table after leaving earlier privacy discussions

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

Carriers would be required to give customers warning before retiring their copper-based networks, under an agency proposal.

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Internet voting not ready yet, but can be made more secure

As a push for online voting heats up, elections officials should look toward end-to-end transparency, a report says

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Two US telecom companies to pay $3.5 million for data breach

Sister telecom carriers stored personal information on servers accessible on the Internet

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FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

The agencies want tech vendors to retain access to encrypted data to comply with court-ordered warrants

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Former attorney general calls Snowden deal possible

But the DOJ's official position on the NSA leaker facing criminal charges hasn't changed

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Privacy group files FTC complaint to push Google to extend right to be forgotten to US

Consumer Watchdog says Google engages in unfair business practices by not offering US residents the service

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Supreme Court justices hold stock in tech vendors, other firms

Justices' financial disclosure forms aren't available online, Fix the Court says

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FCC tells TracFone it must allow phone unlocking

The provider of prepaid mobile service reached a settlement with the agency

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Surveillance court extends NSA's phone records collection

The program was extended for five months as it winds down.

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Blistering fast fiber broadband can drive up your home's value

A new study says having fiber broadband access can drive up your home's value by more than 3 percent.

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Supreme Court denies Google request in Java infringement case

Oracle can charge licensing fees for Java on Android after the court's decision