Stories by Grant Gross

US agencies to release cyberthreat information faster to the health-care industry

By Grant Gross | 22 August, 2014 04:02

U.S government agencies will work to release cyberthreat information faster to the health-care industry after a massive breach at hospital operator Community Health Systems, representatives of two agencies said.

Senator questions airlines' data privacy practices

By Grant Gross | 19 August, 2014 05:35

A senior U.S. senator is asking airlines about their data privacy practices, saying he's concerned about what information the companies are collecting and sharing with third parties.

Dozens of US tech firms violate EU privacy promises, advocacy group says

By Grant Gross | 14 August, 2014 14:02

Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and, are violating privacy promises they've made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy group said in a complaint to be filed Thursday.

Snowden reveals automated NSA cyberwarfare program

By Grant Gross | 14 August, 2014 02:50

The U.S. National Security Agency has a cyberwarfare program that hunts for foreign cyberattacks and is able to strike back without human intervention, according to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Accused Obamacare spammer settles FTC charges

By Grant Gross | 13 August, 2014 06:11

A company accused of sending unsolicited and deceptive email before the roll out of the U.S. Affordable Care Act will pay US$350,000 to settle a complaint from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Report: Snowden allowed to stay in Russia for three more years

By Grant Gross | 08 August, 2014 03:23

The Russian government will allow Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of the agency's worldwide surveillance programs, to stay in the country for three more years, according to Russia news reports.

US judge rules against Microsoft in email privacy case

By Grant Gross | 01 August, 2014 06:03

A U.S. district court judge has ruled against Microsoft in the company's effort to oppose a U.S. government search warrant for emails stored in Ireland.

Senator pushes new version of bill to limit NSA phone records collection

By Grant Gross | 30 July, 2014 03:46

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced a new version of a bill to rein in the National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. phone records in an effort to strengthen legislation that passed the House of Representatives this year.

US needs to restore trust following NSA revelations, tech groups say

By Grant Gross | 19 July, 2014 06:12

The U.S government can take action to slow the calls in other countries to abandon U.S. tech vendors following revelations about widespread National Security Agency surveillance, some tech representatives said Friday.

Groups call for details on NSA surveillance of Muslim Americans

By Grant Gross | 10 July, 2014 05:03

More than 40 privacy, civil rights and religious groups have called on President Barack Obama's administration to provide a "full public accounting" of long-time email surveillance of prominent Muslims living in the U.S., following a news report detailing the spying by the U.S. National Security Agency and FBI.

Report: Snowden applies for extended asylum in Russia

By Grant Gross | 10 July, 2014 00:44

U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for extended asylum in Russia, according to news reports.

US open to discussion about German accused of being a double agent

By Grant Gross | 08 July, 2014 05:26

U.S. officials are open to a discussion with their German counterparts after an employee with Germany's intelligence agency was arrested for allegedly acting as a double agent for the U.S.

Accused Russian point-of-sale hacker arrested, faces US charges

By Grant Gross | 08 July, 2014 04:33

A Russian man suspected of hacking into point-of-sale systems at U.S. retailers has been arrested and faces charges in a U.S. court, the Department Justice said.

US privacy board defends conclusion that foreign surveillance is legal

By Grant Gross | 03 July, 2014 03:04

A U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program targeting foreign terrorism suspects does what Congress intended it to do, members of a government privacy oversight board said Wednesday, defending their report that finds the spying legal and effective.

FBI, CIA can query US communications collected by NSA

By Grant Gross | 02 July, 2014 06:31

The FBI and CIA can also query the content of U.S. residents' electronic communications that the National Security Agency inadvertently collects when targeting foreign terrorism suspects, an intelligence official said.

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