Multiple “CIA failures” led to theft of agency’s top-secret hacking tools

[ad_1] Enlarge / CIA headquarters. In early 2017, WikiLeaks began publishing details of top-secret CIA hacking tools that researchers soon confirmed were part of a large tranche of confidential documents stolen from one of the agency’s isolated, high-security networks. The leak—comprising as much as 34 terabytes of information and representing the CIA’s biggest data loss…

T-Mobile’s outage yesterday was so big that even Ajit Pai is mad

[ad_1] Enlarge / The logo of Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, seen at Mobile World Congress in February 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Getty Images | NurPhoto T-Mobile’s network suffered an outage across the US yesterday, and the Federal Communications Commission is investigating. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who takes an extremely hands-off approach to regulating telecom…

OpenZFS removed offensive terminology from its code

[ad_1] Enlarge / Replacements for outdated master/slave terminology tend to be considerably more accurate, as well as less offensive. On Wednesday evening, ZFS founding developer Matthew Ahrens submitted what should have been a simple, non-controversial pull request to the OpenZFS project: wherever possible without causing technical issues, the patch removed references to “slaves” and replaced…

FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms

[ad_1] The Federal Communications Commission said it has “serious doubts” that SpaceX and other low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite providers will be able to deliver latencies of less than 100ms. As we reported yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai backed off a plan that would have completely prevented SpaceX and other LEO companies from applying for rural-broadband…

3M sues price-gougers who used Amazon to sell masks at 1,800% markup

[ad_1] Enlarge / The (replica) disembodied marble head of David probably didn’t need a 3M mask, but he nonetheless looked fashionable sporting it in the window of a jewelry shop in Switzerland in March 2020. 3M—which manufactures N95 filtration masks that have been in high demand since the COVID-19 pandemic began—is suing merchants who used…

Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims

[ad_1] Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino The Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on whether to let SpaceX and other satellite providers apply for rural-broadband funding as low-latency providers. But Chairman Ajit Pai said companies like SpaceX will have to prove they can offer low latencies as the FCC does not plan to “fund untested…

FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report

[ad_1] Enlarge / The flag of China. The Federal Communications Commission and other US agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States, according to a bipartisan Senate report released today. After a year-long investigation, the staff report by the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations “found that the…

IBM asks Congress for police reform, leaves facial recognition business

[ad_1] Enlarge / IBM CEO Arvind Krishna speaking at a conference in 2016, when he was SVP and director at IBM Research. IBM is walking away completely from the facial recognition business, CEO Arvind Krishna announced yesterday in a letter urging Congress to act against police misconduct and regulate the way technology can be used…