Twitter released its bi-annual transparency report, detailing the number of requests for information the company receives from government agencies around the world. Twitter received 2,058 requests for user account information from a total of 54 different countries over the last six months, the company said, a 46 percent increase in requests from its previous report.
Google says complying with Europe’s so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated. In a lengthy response to questions from the region’s data regulators, the search giant said that it often lacked enough information to decide whether it should remove links to web pages to comply with European law.
USB devices such as keyboards, thumb-drives and mice can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code.
China’s foreign ministry accused Canada of making irresponsible accusations lacking any credible evidence after Canada singled out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing. Officials said “a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” had recently broken into the National Research Council.
A federal judge said that Microsoft can’t prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from obtaining emails stored in a data center overseas in a case that has raised concern among Internet privacy groups and technology companies. Chief U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ordered Microsoft to comply with a December warrant allowing the DOJ to obtain a customer’s email-account data stored in Dublin, Ireland.