ZDNetGovWeek: Lavabit, NSA, financial services on the front lines, and Mt. Gox still unhelpful about Bitcoin theft

ZDNetGovWeek: Lavabit, NSA, financial services on the front lines, and Mt. Gox still unhelpful about Bitcoin theft

Summary: Conventional wisdom is the NSA used and benefited from the Heartbleed bug. But there's an interesting argument to be made that if the NSA had Heartbleed in its kit bag, it never would have gone after Lavabit. Plus all kinds of cybersecurity fears, Brazil's attempt to rewrite Internet rules, and more.

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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

Lavabit case undermines claims NSA had Heartbleed early
If the NSA really did have Heartbleed "for years" as was claimed recently by Bloomberg news, they wouldn't need to go after Lavabit. They wouldn't even want to.

Lavabit loses appeal of court sanctions
Appeals court doesn't examine constitutional issues raised by Lavabit and finds against them for legal errors.

Financial services now the 'front lines' in cyber warfare, experts suggest
A Wells Fargo exec suggested most attackers rerouting to where the data is, meaning emerging technologies in the cloud and datacenters could be most at risk.

Former Homeland Security chief: C-Suite needs to get a grip on cyber risks
The former Homeland Security chief outlined two conditions we’re going to be dealing with as companies, countries, and individuals: the global scourge of terrorism and the digital “forevermore."

Mt. Gox founder unwilling to answer inquiries over Bitcoin theft in US
Mt. Gox founder Mark Karpeles is "unwilling" to travel in order to attend a US bankruptcy hearing.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Singapore broker urges 'light touch' Bitcoin regulation
Governments should adopt a light touch approach in regulating virtual currencies and instead allow technology to help protect consumer interests, says Singapore-based Bitcoin broker, Coin Republic.

Heartbleed too big to investigate: Privacy Commissioner
Australia's Privacy Commissioner will not be investigating whether Australian organisations and government agencies have been vulnerable to privacy breaches from the Heartbleed bug until allegations are made about specific organisations.

Kim Dotcom puts up a fight to get assets back
Mega Upload founder Kim Dotcom headed back to the High Court this week to retrieve his New Zealand assets, which were ceased during his arrest in January 2012.

Brazil takes a lead in the future of the Internet
IT policy secretary: "We are sowing the seeds of a debate that has only just begun"

Internet slowed by Heartbleed identity crisis
[UPDATED] Millions of SSL certificates need to be revoked and reissued. The Internet and the PKI were not designed for this. Congestion will reign.

NBN Co hails FttN trial, proposes TPG tax
NBN Co has said that its 105Mbps download speed achieved in a fibre-to-the-node trial was based on a single test, and has suggested TPG should be taxed for its proposed fibre to the building plans.

The world's first Internet governance plan: what do you want to know?
We will discuss Brazil's upcoming proposals for first global Internet bill of rights with the government and want your opinion on the subject.

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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  • "Mt. Gox still unhelpful about Bitcoin theft"

    Want to read about the wacko who started this P.T. Barnum outfit?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/21/us-bitcoin-mtgox-karpeles-insight-idUSBREA3K01D20140421

    How many other Bitcoin operations are being run by the same type of person? And how would anyone know? Until it was too late.

    So go ahead kids...keep giving your money to these operations. How bad could things get anyway?
    IT_Fella
  • Except...

    With regard to "Lavabit case undermines claims NSA had Heartbleed early", Mr. Seltzer's logic was too flawed to base any kind of conclusion about the NSA's capabilities, let alone the ones he draws in his article.

    Unfortunately he has chosen to ignore those mistakes and not retract or correct his story.
    :x