ZDNetGovWeek: NASDAQ hacked, Huawei whines, and yet more NSA

ZDNetGovWeek: NASDAQ hacked, Huawei whines, and yet more NSA

Summary: NASDAQ's not alone in getting hacked, and India's lower cost IT labor seems to attracting the criminal element. Meanwhile, China's wolf in geek's clothing, Huawei, is whining about distrust, and the NSA soap opera continues (providing content mana to bloggers worldwide). It's ZDNetGovWeek. Hoorah!

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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 non-NSA stories this week

As Nasdaq's site hit by hackers, report says half of world's exchanges suffered cyberattacks
According to a report, half the world's financial exchanges suffered cyberattacks in past year. And on Thursday, hackers hit the Nasdaq's Community pages.

Samsung close to sealing deal with FBI, Navy on device supply
Following BlackBerry's demise in the government and enterprise space, the Korean giant is muscling its way in after it was granted approval for U.S. government use in May.

More from the continuing NSA soap opera

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court asserts authority over phone records
Published late on Friday, the statement hones in on telephony metadata. Translation? Phone records.

Verizon's secret data order timed to expire, but NSA spying to carry on
The secret order that authorized snooping on millions of Americans was set to expire. But was it not inevitable that the order would be renewed before it ran out, just as it was before?

U.K. gov't data snooping demands spike by 16 percent
U.K. police and government agencies' demands for data snooping rose by 16 percent to more than a half-million requests for citizen data in 2012 as a result of the Olympics in London.

U.K. spy agency didn't break the law amid PRISM claims, MPs say
Signals intelligence agency GCHQ didn't break British laws when conducting its mass surveillance program in conjunction with the Americans, but MPs are instead looking at whether the laws should be updated.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, others urge for greater U.S. gov't transparency
A coalition of technology firms, including those implicated in the PRISM spying scandal, have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging for greater transparency.

The ongoing Huawei saga

Huawei fed up, tells US critics 'shut up'
Chinese telecom equipment maker lashes out against what it says is discriminatory and defamatory treatment by a former US CIA official, demanding its critics "put up or shut up".

U.K. gov't to review Huawei's role at cybersecurity testing center 
The review was confirmed after a parliamentary report raised concerns that security testers working at the Oxfordshire cybersecurity center were paid by Huawei.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Committee reject Sensis jobs proposal
A Greens pitch to force Telstra to keep Sensis production jobs in Australia has been rejected by a parliamentary committee.

DHS eyes SAP for AU$102m child support system overhaul
The Australian Department of Human Services has gone to tender for its child support IT system known as Cuba.

ASD shows government how to do security right
The Australian Signals Directorate has started issuing more technical, prescriptive advice on how agencies should be implementing its Top 4 Strategies for information security, now that they are mandatory.

India allows telcos to be fully foreign-owned
In a move that could raise domestic competition and push local telcos to further venture abroad, the government has formally relaxed regulations for foreign investors in India.

NSW public service reshuffle sees govt CIO replaced
NSW's CIO will be replaced by the end of the month, due to a reshuffle in the state's senior public service roles.

Ed Husic: From first-term MP to Labor's NBN champion
Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband Ed Husic has had a meteoric rise through parliament in just three years to take on the role of selling the National Broadband Network to the Australian public.

Google finally deletes Street View data after threats from UK watchdog
The Information Commissioner's Office has confirmed that Google has now deleted the last of the wi-fi payload data after being served with an enforcement notice.

Can Big Data make government cheaper?
The movie "Moneyball" celebrated a "Big Data" approach to maximizing returns from investments. Can Big Data do the same for government?

India's cheap IT labor attracting cybercriminals
India's abundant low-cost IT resources, which gave birth to its US$108 billion outsourcing industry, has attracted cybercriminals looking to target outsourced operations of foreign banks in the country.

India trains police to fight cybercrime
Some 22,000 Indian police officers have been trained to respond to cyber threats, but the country's cybersecurity body wants greater focus on forensic smartphone analysis.

Microsoft received 400 requests from India for ID data
Indian law enforcement agencies last year sent Microsoft 418 requests for information on user accounts to assist investigation into criminal activities.

China accused of stalling global tech trade pact
Consumer Electronics Association chides the Asian economic powerhouse for holding up negotiations to expand a global pact that eliminates tariffs on technology products, with its request to exclude over 100 products.

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

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  • You missed the best item!

    G20 vows to combat corporate tax avoidance

    Coming to a cinema near you soon!

    Wonder if the Governments will have the intellect to monitor the corporates' attempts to get the dish another way e.g. staff salary reductions; increased product prices; squeezing supply chain endpoints; tax on developer revenues up to 35% ...
    jacksonjohn
    • LOL

      Lol, you seem to be under the bizarre misconception that these corporations avoid paying taxes in order to keep their prices low. Are you really so naive as to believe that if there were money to be made by staff salary reductions; increased product prices; squeezing supply chain endpoints; tax on developer revenues up to 35% that they wouldn't already be doing so? Please!
      dsf3g
  • Huawei

    Just finished listening to a BBC program on Chinese corporate espionage, and it was quite scary. My message to Huawei: go take a leaping jump!
    dsf3g
  • No grammar check?

    I'm not even going to read beyond the little italicized blurb after the title because of the number of errors in such a small space...I can only imagine how bad it is throughout. If you at least read your writing out loud, the things I noticed would have been resolved. Doesn't have to be perfect, but at least a once over...I'm noticing bloggers here are getting either progressively lazier or else writing for clicks and not the passion.
    ikissfutebol
    • Too bad

      Well, too bad for you, because hidden in the wording of the 8th paragraph are clues to the location of the Arc of the Covenant! Now you will never find it.
      dsf3g