Seems like Microsoft is saying, "Enough is enough! This has gone too far..."
Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process.
The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5.
Let there be no doubt that Microsoft's actions in this controversial case are customer-centric. The firm isn't just standing up to the US government on moral principles.
It's now defying a federal court order. "Microsoft will not be turning
over the email and plans to appeal," a Microsoft statement notes.
"Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court.
This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to
Today's Greek Lesson...
New research shows that wireless routers are still quite vulnerable to attack if they don't use a good implementation of Wi-Fi Protected Setup.
Bad implementations do a poor job of randomizing the key used to
authenticate hardware PINs. Because of this, the new attack only
requires a single guess at the hardware PIN to collect data necessary to
After a few hours to process the data, an attacker can access the router's WPS functionality.
Two major router manufacturers are affected: Broadcom, and a
manufacturer to be named once they get around to fixing it.
many router manufacturers use the reference software implementation as
the basis for their customized router software, the problems affected
the final products, Bongard said. Broadcom's reference implementation
had poor randomization, while the second vendor used a special seed, or
nonce, of zero, essentially eliminating any randomness."
Caffeine is a staple of most workplaces — it's rare to find an office
without a coffee pot or a fridge full of soda.
It's necessary (or at
least feels like it's necessary) because many workers have a hard time
staying awake while sitting at a desk for hours at a time, and the
alternative — naps — aren't usually allowed.
But new research shows it might be more efficient for employers to encourage brief "coffee naps,"
which are more effective at returning people to an alert state than
either caffeine or naps alone.
A "coffee nap" is when you drink a cup of
coffee, and then take a sub-20-minute nap immediately afterward.
works because caffeine takes about 20 minutes to get into your
bloodstream, and a 20-minute nap clears adenosine from your brain without putting you into deeper stages of sleep.
In multiple studies,
tired participants who took coffee naps made fewer mistakes in a
driving simulator after they awoke than the people who drank coffee
without a nap or slept without ingesting caffeine.
On August 6, U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the federal government to "explain why the government places U.S. citizens who haven't been convicted of any violent crimes
on its no-fly database."
Unsurprisingly, the federal government
objected to the order, once more claiming that to divulge their no-fly
list criteria would expose state secrets and thus pose a national
When the judge said he would read the material
privately, the government insisted that reading the material "would not assist the Court in deciding the pending Motion to Dismiss
(PDF) because it is not an appropriate means to test the scope of the
assertion of the State Secrets privilege."
The federal government has
until September 7 to comply with the judge's order unless the judge is
swayed by the government's objection.
Ars piece about the executive order that is the legal basis for the U.S. government's mass spying on citizens.
thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state
within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems
that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday
communications without notice.
Like everything else in Washington,
there's a legal basis for what many believe is extreme government
overreach—in this case, it's Executive Order 12333, issued in 1981.
“12333 is used to target foreigners abroad, and collection happens
outside the US," whistleblower John Tye, a former State Department
official, told Ars recently.
"My complaint is not that they’re using it
to target Americans, my complaint is that the volume of incidental
collection on US persons is unconstitutional.”
The document, known in
government circles as "twelve triple three,"
gives incredible leeway to intelligence agencies sweeping up vast
quantities of Americans' data.
That data ranges from e-mail content to
Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes
over the Internet on an incidental basis.
In other words, EO 12333
protects the tangential collection of Americans' data even when
Americans aren't specifically targeted—otherwise it would be forbidden
under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.
Amazing what a new pair of shoes can do for you...