The amount of data government agencies must capture, store, and analyze is growing exponentially.
A recent investigation conducted by US Drug Enforcement Administration agents has been temporarily derailed after they failed to decrypt messages the targets exchanged via Apple's iMessage system.
A new law concerning funds given to U.S. federal agencies has been signed by President Obama, and it says that Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, and the National Science Foundation must consult with the FBI on whether they can acquire an information technology system "produced, manufactured or assembled by one or more entities that are owned, directed or subsidized by the People’s Republic of China." Only if the head of the entity involved and the FBI (or another "appropriate Federal entity") judge that the risk of cyber-espionage or sabotage associated with the acquisition is acceptable and that the acquisition of such system is "in the national interest of the United States" the purchase will be permitted.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is controversial for its broad reach and potential for misuse.
In an effort to help its private and public sector companies combat the cyber attacks and cyber espionage efforts directed their way, the UK government has launched a new "cyber partnership" that will provide them with practical information about ongoing attacks.
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