Did you feel a sudden loss of Internet freedom in February 2015? That’s when the Federal Communications Commission imposed net neutrality rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against websites and other online services. And that’s when Americans lost their Internet freedom—according to the current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai.
Hack underscores amateur goofs routinely made by Internet-of-Things developers.
The cautionary tales just keep coming for Internet-connected TVs, thermostats, and other so-called “Internet-of-Things” devices. Today’s lesson comes courtesy of a smart TV from Vizio that was subjected to a man-in-the-middle attack because it couldn’t be bothered to validate the HTTPS certificates of servers it connected to.
Everyone—even the CTO of President Obama’s successful second presidential campaign—seems to have something to say about why HealthCare.gov experiences so much trouble. Today’s news that the Affordable Care Act website and supporting IT infrastructure suffered from a data center outage piled more pain upon a project that members of the “tech surge” team now say will take at least another month to put in order.
The University of Wisconsin’s Internet technology division and a crucial provider of ‘Net access for Wisconsin’s educational system are under attack from that state’s legislature and from a local telecommunications association. At issue is the WiscNet educational cooperative. The non-profit provides affordable network access to the state’s schools and libraries, although its useful days may be numbered unless the picture changes soon.