ZDNetGovWeek: money laundering, DOJ to release secret docs, FBI still gagging Google

It's been an interesting week in the world of government computing. This week's ZDNet Government Week-in-Review touches on some major stories including big privacy and Patriot Act news at the the FBI and DOJ.

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

For China, hacking may be all about Sun Tzu and World War III
There are many other actors in the global cyberwar, from nation states to criminal organizations to hacktivist groups. Today, however, we're going to just focus on China vs. the U.S. It's a war both undeclared and unwinnable, but very, very real.

US cracks down on digital fraud, biggest money laundering scheme 'in history'
Liberty Reserve is in hot water with federal agents after allegedly laundering money worldwide.

Google fails to strike down FBI's 'unconstitutional' secret gagging orders
The Patriot Act helped strengthen and expand the use of unwarranted, wide-ranging, secret "gagging orders," but the search giant failed to have these letters modified or nullified.

DOJ may have to release U.S. secret court docs on domestic spying capability
The U.S. Justice Dept. may have to release a secret court opinion that determines when a U.S. resident is spied upon by the federal government.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

Global deal to eliminate tech product duty fast approaching
According to U.S. tech firms, a deal between nations worldwide to eliminate duty on new tech products is on the horizon.

Australia, your lack of cyber transparency disturbs me
There's little public trust in the Australian government's push for more online surveillance and broader powers for its spooks. Perhaps it's time for more openness, less hypocrisy.

Google: Security flaws not fixed in a week should be made public
Google's security engineers approve of researchers publishing details of flaws in the company's products if it does not respond within seven days.

Aussie 'secret filter' legislation used for national security purposes
The controversial Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act, used to block websites from Australians, is currently being used by an unnamed Australian government agency for national security purposes.

Indonesia to create 'cyber army' to tackle Web threats
Country's defense ministry is planning the formation of the digital special force to mitigate the threat of hackers against national security.

VC firm study: High-skilled STEM talent shortage in U.S. is real
According to a new study from a venerable VC firm, the U.S. still has serious shortage of high-skilled STEM employees.

SEC slaps Nasdaq with $10 million fine over Facebook IPO debacle
Maybe Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff was right in saying that Facebook should have gone public on the New York Stock Exchange.

Australian government unveils national cloud strategy
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today released a national cloud strategy that will, among other things, require government agencies to begin shifting their websites into the public cloud.

Husic questions whether Apple misled parliament
Australian Labor MP Ed Husic has questioned whether Apple misled the parliament over its corporate structure, in light of evidence given to US Congress.


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