The public order, issued on November 22, demanded that 23andMe cease sales of the kits "immediately," saying that they were being sold in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA order explained that it had requested compliance with the FDCA since July 2009, and that 23andMe has "clinically validated" its tests.
A new slide culled from the trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden shows where the NSA placed malware on more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide, according to Dutch media outlet NRC.
The NSA management presentation slide from 2012 shows a world map spiderwebbed with "Computer Network Exploitation" access points.
Like all the NSA slides we've seen so far, this one is unlikely to win a Powerpoint beauty pageant anytime soon.
Not that this should distract anyone from the profoundly disturbing implications of this US government malware map that's being reported by a Dutch news … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission is considering green-lighting the use of cellphones and mobile broadband services on airplanes above 10,000 feet.
The agency, which has restricted the use of cellular devices for making phone calls or surfing the Web in-flight, is circulating a proposed rulemaking among its commissioners. The agency will introduce the item at its December open meeting, and will then allow for public comment on the proposal.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday that it's important for the FCC to keep up with changing technology.
"Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and … Read more
Snapchat is battling a lawsuit from a self-dubbed co-founder who wants part of the company, and a comment from CEO Evan Spiegel may have given him some ammunition.
In the suit filed in February of 2013, Reggie Brown claims that he was the third co-founder of Snapchat and that fellow co-founders Spiegel and Bobby Murphy cut him out of any stake in the company. As related by Business Insider, Brown testified in an April deposition that he came up with the idea for an app that deletes photo messages and told Spiegel about it.
In response, Spiegel called it a &… Read more
Spying on your friends is one thing, but spying on your BFFs is quite another. Or maybe not.
The Guardian's latest Snowden-document story suggests that mutual nonspying agreements between the countries in the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance -- the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand -- could be less binding than some thought.
The newspaper reports that the US National Security Agency prepared, in 2005, a secret draft directive saying the NSA could conduct surveillance on the citizens of its Five Eyes allies without informing those countries. It's not clear, The Guardian said, if the … Read more
Three US senators with access to confidential NSA information don't see the agency's data-gathering methods as necessary to ensure US security.
On Tuesday, Senators Mark Udall (D-Colorado), Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) filed an amicus brief on behalf of a lawsuit filed by several organizations that claims the National Security Agency's bulk records collection violated their constitutional rights. In the legal brief, the three senators expressed the opinion that the information gathered through the NSA could have been obtained through less-intrusive ways.
"In recent years the balance between protecting our liberties and ensuring … Read more
A company accused of submitting its unaware customers to a Bitcoin mining army has settled with a New Jersey's attorney and will pay a settlement of $1 million.
Online video game company E-Sports Entertainment has been accused of infecting thousands of computers belonging to customers to illegally mine Bitcoins.
E-Sports was established in 2006 and charges subscribers $6.95 per month for its game subscription service. Malware was injected within users' computers through software that was necessary to play games through the subscription service. Once downloaded and installed, the digital currency was mined without user consent.
Court documents state … Read more
The Obama administration released a trove of newly declassified documents related to the National Security Agency's surveillance activities on Monday, including what appears to be the original secret court ruling authorizing the massive data collection program.
The ruling by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was among hundreds of documents released by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. The documents also reveal the NSA's violations of court-ordered limits of the program.
The 87-page opinion, signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, then the chief judge on the secret surveillance … Read more
Google agreed Monday to pay $17 million to settle claims from 36 states and the District of Columbia that the company violated user privacy when circumventing the tracking cookie blockers in Apple's Safari browser.
The fine follows revelations that Google installed tracking cookies on Safari users' computers without permission to assist its DoubleClick advertising business, bypassing Safari's default settings that block third-party tracking cookies.
Google has denied that the violations occurred intentionally, but agreed to the fines nonetheless.
Apple's request to ban certain Samsung products amid last year's patent court battle might be back on the table.
A federal appeals court said on Monday that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh erred when she denied Apple's request to ban 26 Samsung products found to have violated Apple patents, The Wall Street Journal reported. The appeals court agreed with part of Koh's ruling but said she should review the evidence given by Apple and reconsider her decision to deny Apple's request for a product ban.