Drones? What could possibly go wrong? Plus can China cripple our power networks? [Government IT Week]

ZDNet's David Gewirtz has been warning about China and the risk to US infrastructure for years. The NSA now seems to agree. Plus the FAA wants to restrict commercial drones, which we all knew was inevitable.

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

FAA to impose restrictions on commercial drone use
The FAA's anticipated ruling on commercial drone use is expected to impose a number of tough restrictions.

Which nation-state is behind the sophisticated, stealthy Regin malware?
Symantec researchers are impressed by Regin, which has been conducting high-level surveillance campaigns worldwide since 2008. Is it state-sponsored?

European Parliament calls for Google's breakup to end ongoing antitrust probe
Europe's parliament is reportedly ready to call for Google's breakup, three years into a probe investigating the company's business practices.

NSA chief admits China could cripple U.S. power grid, financial networks
Because the last thing you want is a potentially hostile country controlling the light switches in America from half the world away.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

How to weed out the next Heartbleed bug: ENISA details crypto worries
Europe's security agency has warned that cryptographic protocols in vogue at the moment may not be as secure as thought.

16 arrested in European bust over RAT spyware
Europe's law enforcement agency has cracked down on the use of remote access trojans.

Data retention little more than surveillance tax: Ludlam
Senator Scott Ludlam has labelled the Australian government's proposed data-retention scheme as little more than a surveillance tax, while calling for the release of a financial study into the scheme.

G20 needed fibre network to avoid delegate shirt-fronting
The G20 network needed fibre services with more than 15Mbps download speeds to keep delegates, media, and volunteers happy, according to the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Dimension Data targets Australian government with managed cloud
Dimension Data has today launched a Canberra-based managed cloud services platform designed to meet the needs of Australian government agencies moving to the cloud as part of the government's cloud-first policy.

Hands on with Caine Linux: Pentesting and UEFI compatible
Here's my take on Computer Aided INvestigative Environment - a Linux-based, UEFI-compatible LIVE USB/DVD digital forensic system.

Zero Day Weekly: WhatsApp, Blackphone, Citadel hits password managers
A collection of notable security news items for the week ending November 21, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.

Govt calls for emergency services wireless spectrum review
The Australian government is calling on the Productivity Commission to work out how best to deliver mobile broadband capability for the country's law enforcement and emergency services.

Amnesty's Detekt tool wants to help you thwart government spying
The human rights group says the new anti-surveillance tool is a 'strike back' against governments that have overextended their reach.