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FBI allays some critics with first use of new mass-hacking warrant

Judge authorized order allowing US to change data in thousands of infected devices.

Trump’s H-1B executive order is PR, not policy

The executive order on H-1B visas that President Trump signed this week was loudly trumpeted as a win for American workers.
In reality, his “Buy American and Hire American” directive was more PR than policy.

The real fight over H-1B hasn’t even begun.As a candidate, Trump vowed to kill the H-1B visa program with “no exceptions.” His order instead calls on the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department to submit a list of suggested reforms that would curb abuse of the system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Homeland Security warns of ‘BrickerBot’ malware that destroys unsecured internet-connected devices

Reminiscent of the Mirai botnet that brought down large swathes of the US internet last year, this new malware targets poorly-secured Internet of Things devices and renders them useless.

Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US...

File request under: 'Trash can' Civil and digital rights groups are leading a campaign to stop the US Department of Homeland Security's demanding access to foreigners' social media accounts when entering America.…

Trump will sign executive order to begin revamp of H-1B visa...

Trump aides say the new directive is "buy American, hire American."

Twitter sues the US government for demanding it unmask an ‘alt’...

Twitter is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and alleging the government is misusing an investigative tool as part of an internal witch-hunt to uncover who is behind a Twitter account critical of the immigration service.The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in California, comes on the heels of a report that visitors to the U.S. could soon be routinely asked to hand over email and social media account passwords to the immigration service.[ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to offtherecord@infoworld.com. | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]In its lawsuit, Twitter says that U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have demanded it hand over information regarding the @alt_uscis Twitter account.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Twitter balks at US demand to expose account condemning Trump policy...

Feds cited incorrect law and did not get a judge's signature for account data.

US says laptop ban may expand to more airports

The U.S. might add other airports to its ban restricting passengers from bringing laptops and other electronics into the cabin for certain flights from the Middle East.“We may take measures in the not too distant future to expand the number of airports,” said Homeland Security secretary John Kelly on Wednesday during a congressional hearing.[ iPad Pro vs.
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Last month, the U.S. announced the ban, which affects ten airports, all of which are in Muslim-majority countries. Passengers flying to the U.S. are barred from bringing any electronic devices larger than a smartphone into a plane’s cabin, and must instead check them in as baggage.    To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

H-1B clampdown won’t fix developers’ real problem

It finally hit, a bit of Trump populism designed to appeal to the working class, labor unions, and nativists alike.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly going to clamp down on H-1B fraud.

At the same time, policy revisions will make it ...

Lawmakers propose law requiring warrants to search electronics at US border

"Americans' constitutional rights shouldn’t disappear at the border."