Grant GrossSenior Editor, 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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A popular cloud privacy bill stalls in the Senate

A bill to give email and other documents stored in the cloud new protections from government searches may be dead in the U.S. Senate over a proposed amendment to expand the FBI's surveillance powers.

US agency lines up broad support for ICANN transition

A U.S. agency has lined up broad support for its plan to end the government's oversight of the Internet's domain name system, despite opposition from some Republicans in Congress.

Data visualization firm Qlik sells for $3 billion

Qlik, a vendor of data visualization tools, has agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo for US$3 billion.


Espionage cited as the US Federal Reserve reports 50-plus breaches from 2011 to 2015

The U.S. Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, detected more than 50 cybersecurity breaches between 2011 and 2015, including a handful attributed to espionage.

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HPE wants Oracle to pay $3 billion for breach of Itanium contract

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is asking a jury to award the company US$3billion from Oracle after the database giant stopped supporting HPE's Itanium-based servers, even though it allegedly signed a contract to do so.

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Senate proposal to require encryption workarounds may be dead

A proposal in the U.S. Senate to require smartphone OS developers and other tech vendors to break their own encryption at the request of law enforcement may be dead on arrival.

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Senators want warrant protections for US email stored overseas

A new bill in Congress would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain court-ordered warrants before demanding the emails of the country's residents when they are stored overseas.

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U.S. government agencies are still using Windows 3.1, floppy disks and 1970s computers

Some U.S. government agencies are using IT systems running Windows 3.1, the decades-old COBOL and Fortran programming languages, or computers from the 1970s.


US state officials worry about their ability to respond to cyberattacks

Many U.S. states aren't confident in their ability to respond to cyberattacks on physical infrastructure such as water and electric systems, some emergency response officials said.

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Criminal defendants demand to see FBI's secret hacking tool

A secret FBI hacking tool, used to compromise the Tor anonymous browser in one investigation, is facing challenges from criminal defendants, perhaps putting its future in doubt.

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Cybercriminals are launching their own HR departments

Many cybercriminals can call on an extensive network of specialists for "business" expertise, including people who train and recruit, who launder money, and who provide escrow services, according to a new white paper.

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A huge fine for Google could come soon in EU antitrust investigation

Google could face a record fine of up to €3 billion ($3.4 billion) as soon as early next month as part of a six-year European Commission antitrust investigation into the company's search engine dominance, according to a news report.

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Senators will introduce a bill to limit government hacking warrants

A U.S. senator will introduce legislation to roll back new court rules allowing judges to give law enforcement agencies the authority to remotely hack computers.

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Lawmakers probe large data breaches at US bank insurance agency

The personal banking information of about 160,000 U.S. residents walked out the door of the federal government's bank insurance agency on removable media of employees departing in recent months.

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Privacy advocates want protections for US residents in foreign surveillance law

The U.S. Congress should limit the ability of the FBI to search for information about the nation's residents in a database of foreign terrorism communications collected by the National Security Agency, some privacy advocates say.