As [news breaks](http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/06/12/office-of-personnel-management-hack-china/71146452/) that a second breach at the federal Office of Personnel Management may have seen another set of data, potentially more valuable than that accessed during [the first](http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/why-the-biggest-government-hack-ever-got-past-opm-dhs-and-nsa/), Philip Lieberman, President of privileged identity management specialists [Lieberman Software](http://www.liebsoft.com/), has been talking about what went wrong. Here's what he had to say on the matter: > The apparent US Government policy with regard to the protection of commercial enterprises attacked by nation states and others has been benign neglect (perhaps a shoulder to cry on). Current law and government policy forbid commercial enterprises to take any action against the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18613[/ATTACH]The term Net Neutrality has been the subject of heavy discussion for the past several years. The freedom to go where and when we want to on the internet is about to slip away. Big telecoms and internet giants like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner and even Google have met with the government and came up with a set of rules that will allow them to regulate and prioritize what we see on the internet (to say the least). Yesterday Steve Wozniak, the engineer that co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. wrote an open letter the FCC imploring them to keep the …

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There's a really interesting [URL="http://www.blahblahtech.com/2008/10/but-video-games-are-bad-for-kids-right.html"]blahblahtech[/URL] posting that has popped up to address what it refers to as the "myth that video games harm children both socially and intellectually." It approaches the debate from parental questioning perspective, which seems as good as any to be fair. Some of the research it picks up upon includes that which suggests gamers process information more quickly and multi-task better than non-gamers. I rather liked the research quote which was based upon surgeons playing Super Monkey Ball: "Surgeons who play video games three hours a week have 37 percent fewer errors and accomplish tasks 27 …

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Today even in the UK we have seen the news about the American First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the scandal over [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] searches throwing out a racist image. Let's leave aside the revulsion over this - it's a daft schoolkid prank and should be treated with that sort of contempt. Google had a decision to make about removing it or not and opted to support freedom even when it offends - we have similar stuff happening in the UK, check the recent media coverage of the British National Party over here. No link deliberately, otherwise they might get clicks. I'm …

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I'm a huge fan of the president. I loved how his campaign used social media to help drive him to victory in 2008. I think he's generally a smart, well-informed and extremely articulate man, but today he said something incredibly stupid about the iPad and I have to say something. [URL="http://mashable.com/2010/05/09/obama-ipads-distraction/"]Mashable reports[/URL] the president while speaking on misinformation in general blamed the iPad in part for the spread of inaccurate ideas: “With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather …

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Interested in following the Obama presidency? There's an [URL="http://itunes.com/apps/thewhitehouse"]app[/URL] for that. Timed for the State of the Union speech next week, TheWhiteHouse is a free application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch that lets users stream video, browse photos, and read text from President Barack Obama's White House. According to the [URL="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/01/19/whitehousegov-anywhere"]White House blog[/URL], this is just the first step for the WhiteHouse.gov mobile platform. "In the coming weeks, we’ll also launch mobile.WhiteHouse.gov, a mobile-ready version of WhiteHouse.gov that is optimized for any internet-enabled mobile device, including many other phones," the blog entry said.

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The Obama Administration vows to cut costs in part by using open source software (Software whose source code is made available to the user), cloud computing, virtualization, Linux and other low cost technologies. But, does the use of open source software put the government, its records and our national security at risk? The argument goes like this: "If the government uses open source software, then the government is at risk because the security flaws are exposed publicly." The argument continues with, "The use of proprietary software protects the government from security attacks because its code is hidden and not released …

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If you are not aware, recently, a picture of Obama and his wife taken with Spain's presidential family was shared online. The picture was removed quickly after the First Family of Spain complained since it contained their teenagers. So what do you think? [url]http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/09/29/shocking-photos-spains-first-daughters-appear-to-be-teenag/?icid=webmail|wbml-aol|dl2|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F09%2F29%2Fshocking-photos-spains-first-daughters-appear-to-be-teenag%2F[/url]

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Facebook LLC has received a lot of publicity lately, understandably so. I unfortunately, have to say the publicity isn’t positive; in fact it is very negative. Rumors have been spreading throughout the internet about a virus called fan check supposedly infecting Facebook user’s computers with a virus. According to all of the sources I’ve read the fan check virus has yet to be confirmed, it’s currently only a rumor and just like in real life rumors lead to trouble. PC advisor wrote about how users wanting to find out if the fan check virus is real, are actually catching real …

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Usually quarterly spam trend reports from security vendors are, how can I put this nicely, actually I can't so I will just have to say it as it is: bloody boring and mostly pointless. However, the latest such report to fins its way into my mailbox from [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/"]Sophos[/URL] caught my attention because right from the get go it went on the attack, and the target was none other than US President Barack Obama. Now just the what the heck Obama has got to do with spam, other being one of the names that crops up in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3461.html"]spam subject fields[/URL] to …

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President Obama – who only weeks ago warned of the greatest financial meltdown since the Great Depression if his $1.1 trillion stimulus package wasn’t passed by Congress - now says that he sees a “glimmer of hope” that the financial trauma is ending and that things could be stabilizing. Call me a cynic – and many have – but how do we go from financial meltdown to financial “glimmers” in a period of seven weeks? Especially since most of the money in the President’s stimulus plan isn’t supposed to kick in until 2010? It smells funny to me. Get elected …

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When you rush legislation through Washington, like Congress did with the two financial sector bailout bills, you lose the right to complain when the outcome blows up in your face That means you Senator Chris Dodd, who actually inserted the language in the $170 billion AIG bailout bill guaranteeing the company’s right to pay bonuses promised before February 11, 2009. And come on down, Sen. Chuck Schumer, who wants to tax 100% of the AIG bonuses, without a legal leg to stand on. And President Obama - we love ya and we’re in your corner – but rushing legislation along …

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Is there a stimulus package on the way for those who use Linux and Open Source Software? You bet there is but it might not come from where you'd expect. Too many wasted stimulus dollars have already rained down upon those who wasted their own money but this time it'll be different. Sure, it will. I hear you. But this time it will be different. Let's say for a moment that Vivek Kundra, the new Federal CIO and Open Source Software proponent, manages to shake this whole FBI investigation and bribery scandal that is taking place in his former office …

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According to [URL="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29447088/"]reports,[/URL] the security relating to the official Presidential helicopter, Marine One, has been breached. It would appear that engineering and comms data, amounting to a complete avionics package including blueprints, about Obama's helicopter turned up on the computer of defence contractor who also had a P2P file sharing application on the same computer. A copy of the blueprints, inadvertently made available for sharing if the reports are accurate, also turned up on a computer based in Tehran, Iran. The good news is that the US military know exactly where the file originated and where it ended up. The …

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It wasn't that long ago that we were thrilled when politicians started using Twitter. Now we kinda wish they'd stop -- except for the one who has, it seems, actually stopped. President Barack Obama, who [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2689.html"]began Tweeting[/URL] during his campaign last summer, has fallen silent since Jan. 19 -- the day before he was inaugurated. After 264 updates, his 339,540 followers have been left bereft. And some of them are, at least tongue-in-cheek, unhappy. "Can’t the guy type a one-line update?" asked Paul Boutin of the [URL="http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/president-obama-abandons-twitter/?partner=rss&emc=rss"]New York Times[/URL]. But at the same time President Obama has seemingly abandoned Twitter, …

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Rumors were rampant all over Wall Street that Barack Obama trotted Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke out yesterday to calm the markets by declaring the recession could be over by the last half of 2009. It was a surprise to hear Bernanke, who’s been relatively quiet about the economy to pop up in front of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and say that, not only are we way on the way out of recession, but that the federal government won’t be getting into the toxic financial mud on Wall Stgreet and begin nationalizing banks. “It just isn’t necessary,” Bernanke said. …

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Boy. What does a tech outfit have to do to get some love on Wall Street? Intel announces a $7 billion effort to upgrade a pair of chip manufacturing centers in the U.S. and Intel’s stock price actually drops by over 3% in Tuesday trading (to $14..44 per share). I’ll get directly to what Intel is doing in a moment but the overall stock market was down 300 points at noon-time trading, presumably because of the market’s reaction to U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s speech on the bailout this morning, and from President Obama’s press conference last night, pretty much …

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Who would you back in a fight? Barack Obama or Stephen Fry? When it comes to being popular on [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22533/53/"]Twitter[/URL] these two are the only real contenders for the title if you discount news organisations and the like. Currently, of course, US President Obama has the size advantage with an incredible 220,000 people following him. Meanwhile [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3751.html"]Stephen Fry[/URL], actor, author and the most popular intellectual in Britain, has the advantage of speed. His momentum has carried him right up to 100,000 followers, many of them added after an appearance on the Jonathan Ross chat show last week here in the …

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Some school kids in Louisiana got a surprise last Monday when sitting at their computers: the floating head of Barack Obama on-screen. They were amongst the first to be infected with the Obama-head worm which spreads via USB memory sticks courtesy of the Windows Autorun feature which is causing widespread problems for victims of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3810.html"]conficker worm[/URL] right now. Obama-head has not infected millions of computers though, nor has it [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22716/53/"]sunk the Royal Navy[/URL], in fact it has hardly made an impact at all. Yet. Which is hardly surprising seeing as all it seems to do is float that disembodied …

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The Mayor of London, the totally eccentric Boris Johnson, has written a column in a national newspaper in which he champions fellow loon [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2863.html"]Gary McKinnon[/URL], the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20017/53/"]NASA UFO hacker[/URL]. Currently busy fighting extradition to the USA on the grounds that, essentially, to do so would not be fair to someone with his mental health problems. These seem to revolve around two things. Firstly his obsession with proving that aliens exist, and secondly his suffering from Asperger's Syndrome. It is the former, by the way, that qualifies McKinnon as a raving nutjob in my book, not the latter. McKinnon has expressed …

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In the run-up to Inauguration Day, just about has been everyone speculating on what changes our newly-elected president will bring to the table. Naturally, we talk a lot around DaniWeb about how Obama's plans will affect the tech sector. As long as everyone else is making predictions and suggestions, I might as well too. I'd very much like to see a focus on developing the technology infrastructure of this country. Most urban areas have DSL and high-speed fiber optics (and the lucky ones even get WiFi), but there are plenty of rural areas that are still struggling with out-dated dialup …

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With Inauguration Day finally upon us, mobile phone operators across the US are preparing for what could be a bigger test of capacity than the traditional biggest strain on the mobile network, New Year's Eve. Hopefully the months of hard work, involving adding capacity and prepping networks to cope with the upsurge of voice, text and MMS traffic, will pay off and you will not find your self without coverage later on. Obviously, the Washington DC area is expected to take the brunt of the surge, so if you happen to be there here is some industry advice: Send a …

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Slow day in the markets on Monday, but we’re going to see a lot of 4th quarter financials come out of tech stocks this week, and the viewing, I suspect, won’t be pretty. One piece of news that has come out today is Intel cutting some of its chip prices by up to 50%. In a company statement released over the weekend, Intel has triggered steep price cuts on processors, spanning the Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium dual-core, Celeron, and Xeon product lines. Advanced Micro Devices' probably helped Intel along, with relatively inexpensive prices for its new Phenom …

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No matter which political camp in which you choose to pitch your tent, it's hard to deny that technology is at the heart of President-Elect Barack Obama new plans for the United States. As we learn more about what ideas he has in mind to strengthen the economy and gird the country's existing infrastructure, it's plain to see that new jobs in the tech sector will be created along the way. In a discussion of his [URL="http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/no_20081126_2820.php"]economic agenda[/URL] over the weekend, Obama pledged to put computers in classrooms, make broadband access more readily available, and also make electronic medical records …

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Barack Obama is the very definition of an Internet politico-geek, not least as I just invented the term. However, there is no denying that the President-Elect of the US has understood the power of the Internet, the power of social networking, better than any other political candidate for high office. His application of that understanding helped drive his campaign, and ultimately Obama himself, all the way to the White House. From appearing in [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/21171/532/"]Xbox 360 games[/URL] to developing an [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20985/53/"]iPhone Obama application[/URL], the campaign has been geeky all the way. It has [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2666.html"]used Twitter[/URL] and taunted [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20618/53/"]Lamer McCain.[/URL] But now …

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Stem cell stocks have been trading higher this week on reports President-elect Barack Obama will allow federal funding of stem-cell research.

According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Obama could also lift restrictions placed by President George W. Bush on the type of stem-cell research that can be funded with federal dollars. Democratic congressional leaders have vowed to push a twice-vetoed stem-cell research bill as one of the first acts of the next Congress."

 After John Podesta, a close advisor to Obama, confirmed the Journal report on Sunday, the stocks of prominent stem cell stocks went up in Monday …

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We all knew it was going to happen, and that there was nothing we could do to stop it. In fact, it was only a matter of time until the polls had closed and Barack Obama had officially become the President-elect of the United States of America. It is not the election of Obama himself that I am talking about, but rather the inevitable malware that was quick to emerge as a result of that election process. I stayed up late to watch the results come in, despite not being American, despite living in the UK, like many across the …

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I almost thought it was April 1st, but no it is actually just a couple of days before the election of the new President of the United States. Which probably accounts for why EA has apparently decided to develop a download content pack for the Mercenaries 2 game which will allow you to play as either Barack Obama or Sarah Palin. Yep, Sarah Palin in her trademark and apparently very expensive red suit, complete with prim hair and glasses, can wield a rocket launcher and kick some soldier ass. Meanwhile, a sober suited Barack Obama is somehow more out of …

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In Part I of our look at the proposed economic policies of John McCain and Barack Obama, we found that each candidate brings his parties economic idealism to the table, whether that's a good or a bad thing. McCain will be a no-taxes, free-trading, domestic drilling supply sider right out of the Ronald Reagan handbook. Obama will be a tax-raising, government spending, protectionist in the Lyndon Johnson mold. For the tech industry, it's a mixed bag. They'll appreciate McCain's free trade bonafides, because they'll be able to ship cheaper jobs overseas and sell more products there, too. His lower tax …

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There’s an old joke that the definition of a successful politician is a person who can stand on a fence and make voters believe it’s a platform. That’s a tall order, however, for presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama – especially when it comes to their economic policies (and that goes double for the tech sector). Americans are well aware that the economy isn’t exactly operating on all cylinders and will make the economic policies of each candidate a priority before they decide who earns their vote. The fact that McCain shook the political world and chose conservative Alaska …

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The End.