After the National Press Club issued a release reporting that a journalist had been “manhandled” by security guards at a Federal Communications Commission press conference, Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) wrote a letter asking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for details surrounding the incident and assurances it won’t happen again. They requested a response by May 26.
A series of notices issued by the FCC are open for public comment, including the proposal to repeal the net neutrality principles enshrined in the 2015 Open Internet Order.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to begin the rollback of net neutrality rules put in place in 2015. There will be a period for public comment before the proposal moves forward.
Less than a month after it was introduced, the House passed the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which will update 40-year-old critical systems. A Senate version of the bill is awaiting a vote in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
A group identifying itself as “the shadow brokers” claimed responsibility for the recent global ransomware attack, and it threatened to divulge nuclear secrets and other intelligence.
A South Korean researcher who specializes in cyberattacks and North Korean malware believes he has found circumstantial evidence that North Korea is linked to the massive global “WannaCry” ransomware attack that continued to affect computers Monday.
A public-private U.S. effort to stem cyberattacks is underway as the General Services Administration partners with HackerOne to incentivize the discovery of web vulnerabilities in a “bug bounty” program. Researchers would give the government time to fix problems before the vulnerabilities become public.
The Federal Communications Commission will hold its monthly open meeting on Thursday, when it will discuss the Connect America Fund, as well as Chairman Ajit Pai’s notice of proposed rulemaking to reclassify broadband as an “information service.”
President Donald Trump issued a long-awaited executive order to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, including implementing reviews of security practices and digital vulnerabilities. Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is expected to play a major role as leader of the administration’s Office of American Innovation.
Hackers executed another high-profile cyberattack in France, this time shutting down several news sites, including Le Monde and Le Figaro.