Vietnam is being hit with a growing number of phishing attacks from hacker groups associated with the Chinese government. According to FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, China has targeted many Vietnamese officials with phishing emails in hopes of breaking into government systems.
The FCC will continue accepting comments through August 30 regarding its proposed removal of net neutrality regulations. While the broadband industry was opposed to a two-week extension, net neutrality advocacy groups encouraged the FCC to extend the period.
Updated data privacy laws in the UK will let people erase their childhood social media history. The upcoming Data Protection Bill includes a section that lets people request social networks remove content that was posted when the user was under the age of 18.
After operating with just three commissioners for months, the FCC is going to return to a full crew. The Senate has confirmed Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel, filling out the FCC. Carr will be a commissioner for the first time, while Rosenworcel has been there before.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hired Hillary Clinton's former top pollster, adding more fuel to rumors of a presidential run. Though he denies having political aspirations, some have speculated Zuckerberg isn't being entirely upfront. He's been touring the US recently.
AT&T's plan to buy Time Warner, which was announced last year, probably isn't going to be blocked by the Justice Department. Bloomberg reports the agency is now looking at conditions that could be placed on the company in order to alleviate some anti-competitive concerns.
The latest party platform for the Democratic Party says the political group is interested in breaking up broadband monopolies in the US with new regulations. Along with breaking up certain monopolies, the rules would instruct regulators to review the impact of mergers.
Like China, Russia is moving towards stricter internet regulations that would essentially ban VPNs and other proxy services. The State Duma passed a bill, with no opposition, that'd force internet providers in the country to block VPNs due to security concerns.
The United States is going to separate Cyber Command, a more military-centric operation, from the National Security Agency (NSA). That change, which has been debated for some time, is going to be unveiled in the coming weeks, says the Associated Press.
Australia will soon consider legislation that'd force companies to decrypt data, potentially putting an end to strong end-to-end encryption in the country. That legislation is supported by the country's Attorney General, George Brandis, who is soon going to meet with Apple.
A bill proposed in Australia could force tech companies to decrypt user messages. The legislation was discussed at the Five Eyes security conference, with Australia detailing how it wants to give law enforcement significantly more power in order to fight terrorism.
Though recent policies in China are leading to an apparent crackdown against VPNs, the country has pushed back against the recent claim that all VPNs will be blocked. Bloomberg recently reported all VPNs would be blocked next year, but a state-run site denies that.
A large online darknet market, AlphaBay, was crippled by multiple law enforcement raids around the world. Although it seemed to disappear as a result of an "exit scam" by the owners, the Wall Street Journal reports AlphaBay actually disappeared because of law enforcement actions.
To increase its control over what people see online, China will move to ban all VPNs in 2018. Bloomberg reports the government has already instructed telecom companies that they'll have to implement a ban next year. That block is supposed to be in place by February 2018.
Recounting his recent meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, US president Donald Trump said the possibility of forming a joint cybersecurity unit was discussed. The unit would allegedly be "impenetrable" and it'd help protect against things like election hacking.
Twitter can continue pushing forward its lawsuit over the legality of gag orders that prevent companies like itself from telling users when their data has been covered by surveillance orders. A judge ruled the government didn't show evidence of a "clear and present danger."
A US-instituted ban on laptops and other electronic large devices has been taken away for three major airlines: Etihad Airways, Emirates Airline, and Turkish Airlines. Those airlines can now let their customers bring laptops, tablets, and E-Readers on flights.
Evidence suggests the Petya malware attack came from a state actor, which could make it an act of war, according to NATO. Researchers with the international organization found the malware "can most likely be attributed to a state actor." More evidence is needed.
Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs, says he's willing to testify in front of Congress and is fine showing the US government the company's source code. According to the executive, he's willing to do whatever is necessary to prove Kaspersky doesn't have ulterior motives.
A single wiretap order issued during a federal narcotics investigation led to 3.29 million calls being surveilled in 2016, according to details revealed in the US Courts' annual wiretap report. The order enabled an agency to intercept millions of conversations.