ZDNetGovWeek: Amazon may save USPS, Healthcare.gov can't catch a break, and what if weapons inspectors came to your company?

ZDNetGovWeek: Amazon may save USPS, Healthcare.gov can't catch a break, and what if weapons inspectors came to your company?

Summary: It's been an interesting week. Amazon may well save America's flagging postal service, and a wacky, long-shot cyberweapons defense proposal could have weapons inspectors knocking on everyone's door. Plus a little NSA and news from govs around the world.

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ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

Top stories this week

Amazon may help bail out U.S. Postal Service with shipping deal
The U.S. Postal Service needs more shipping volume and Amazon is happy to help if it can nail down Sunday package deliveries.

Video: Disaster recovery tips from the IT heroes of Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was a major test for New York City IT departments and the disaster recovery plans they put in place following 9/11. Here is some of the best DR advice from IT leaders whose companies survived it.

NSA spying poisons the cloud market: survey
A PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey found 54 percent of German companies find the cloud risky after learning of NSA spying. An earlier study by PwC found that 84 percent of CEOs were confident about cyber security. If they only knew the truth.

You're not making cyberweapons, are you?
Eugene Kaspersky has called for talks to limit the production of cyberweapons, but could the result be an intrusive inspection regime affecting every business?

New DoS attack directed at Healthcare.gov
Healthcare.gov can't catch a break.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Aussies' lack of confidence in online privacy leads them to lie
A report commissioned by the ACMA has found that almost half of all Australians lack the confidence to provide accurate information online.

Suspected 'Messiah' hacker charged in Singapore; 5 others rounded up for hitting govt sites

A man reportedly linked to Anonymous and a string of recent cyberattacks has been charged. 5 other suspects are in custody over the hacking of the official sites of Singapore's prime minister and president.

DPS IT prepares for 44th Australian Parliament
The Australian Department of Parliamentary Services has been working hard over the last six weeks to get IT ready for the new and returning parliamentarians, DPS CIO Eija Seittenranta has told ZDNet.

Indonesian hackers crash Australian intelligence agency's site
The hacking comes one week after a wave of cyberattacks against over 170 Australian sites, mainly belonging to small businesses. The attacks were in retaliation against Australia for reportedly using its Jakarta embassy for spying.

TSB Bank rolls out government’s RealMe online ID
Private sector support for RealMe could help turn it into the default New Zealand standard.

Germany brings anti-spying bill to the UN, meets with US intelligence
Surveillance practices should be reviewed with an eye towards human rights, UN draft resolution says.

We will pass more by NBN fibre than Labor did: Turnbull
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the NBN will pass twice the number of premises with fibre to the home by June next year than the project did under the former government.

Abbott denies responsibility for CSIRO job cuts
The CSIRO and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have rejected a report that up to 1,400 positions in the science and research organisation are going due to hiring freezes put in place by the new Coalition government.

Anonymous hacks Singapore PM website
Singapore's ICT regulator blames a vulnerability in Google's search bar for the breach that defaced two government sites including the prime minister's, after he pledged to "track down" hackers who target the country.

Lavabit security was a facade says crypto expert
Moxie Marlinspike, a respected cryptographic software expert, argues that Lavabit, Edward Snowden’s favorite "secure" email service whose owner shut it down rather than give the NSA the keys to his store, wasn't really secure anyway.

Cyber espionage 'extremely dangerous' for international trust: Kaspersky
Individual national strategies for 'cyber resilience' have no place on the borderless internet.

Switkowski appoints yet another ex-Telstra exec to NBN Co
Another day in the new NBN Co, and another former Telstra executive joins the company's ranks to replace chief operating officer Ralph Steffens.

Google engineers rage at NSA
Google cryptography engineers explain their anger at the NSA for violating security systems they built to stop criminals.

Topics: Government, Government Asia, Government AU, Government US, Government UK, Privacy, Security

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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