Tag: Government

Huawei indicted, China responds. Should consumers worry?

The U.S. socked Huawei right in the mouth with the power of a heavyweight boxer. The Department of Justice this week filed indictments against the company, alleging it stole trade secrets, violated trade sanctions against Iran, and committed fraud. Everyone knew the hit was coming, but that doesn’t stop it from smarting. The indictments are […]

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Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave, DHS warns

reader comments 10 with 10 posters participating Share this story The Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency directive ordering administrators of most federal agencies to protect their Internet domains against a rash of attacks that have hit executive branch websites and email servers in recent weeks. The DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency […]

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Shutdown: Dot-gov websites vulnerable to cyberattacks, certificates expiring amid funding pause

“With around 400,000 federal employees currently furloughed, more than 80 TLS certificates used by .gov websites have so far expired without being renewed.” Federal workers went without their paychecks Friday, as Trump’s shutdown of the U.S. government continues for 21 days and counting. With no end in sight, concerns are rising that dozens of U.S. […]

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What local politicians are saying about the government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The partial federal shutdown has ripple effects nationally as the Senate adjourned on Saturday with no resolution and no full session until Thursday. But what are local politicians saying about the shutdown and what it means on a local level? Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam sent a letter to President Donald Trump, pushing for the chief […]

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House Has a New Plan to Pass Self-driving Bill in 2019

Frustrated with House Democrats’ inability to push through legislation on autonomous vehicle development and testing, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) believes the new Congress needs to reassess the situation and rally together behind a tweaked proposal Senate Republicans are still willing to back. Dingell claimed Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who will chair […]

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Japan reportedly planning to boycott Huawei and ZTE equipment for government use

Chinese technology companies have faced numerous difficulties overseas this year owing to a lack of trust, particularly in the US where Huawei’s proposed carrier deals with AT&T and Verizon fell through due to political pressure and ZTE was forced to pay huge fines and sack board members to resume trading. US government agencies were then […]

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The Government’s Coming for Your Classic Car, but They Can’t Take It All: Aston Martin CEO

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer isn’t very trusting of his government’s plan to ban all internal combustion vehicles by 2040. The 55-year-old Brit had a few things to say about the UK’s intentions last year, none of them very kind to policy makers. Since then, it seems he’s grown even […]

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White House Wants to End EV Subsidies ASAP

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow announced Monday that the Trump administration is seeking an end to federal subsidies on electric cars. Interestingly, the move appears to be related to General Motors’ plant closings and layoffs. The company’s restructuring plan hasn’t gone over well with policy makers or the American public, […]

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French Motorists Spark ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests and Riots Over Fuel Taxes and Regulations (UPDATE: New Green Taxes to Be Suspended)

Despite everything  you’ve heard about road rage, motorists tend to be pretty meek — at least when it comes to government regulations, and particularly in Europe. They passively accept, and pay for, mandated safety and emissions regulations as well as for taxes on the fuel for their vehicles. Perhaps, though, […]

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Trade War Watch: Were the Auto Tariffs Ever Supposed to Be More Than a Threat?

The U.S. Commerce Department has submitted draft recommendations to the White House on its investigation into whether it’s prudent to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported automobiles and parts, based on the premise that they’re a threat to national security. The possibility has the industry in a […]

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HACKED: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); 75K individuals affected

The United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Friday it was responding to a data breach that exposed the files of about 75,000 people. Reuters: The agency said it detected anomalous activity in the Federally Facilitated Exchange’s (FFE) Direct Enrollment pathway for agents and brokers. The number of files accessed in the […]

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Three’s Company, Too? Canada Returning to NAFTA Dance As U.S. and Mexico Approach Auto Deal

Canada says it could rejoin the NAFTA discussion, just as the United States and Mexico approach an agreement on automobiles. The two nations engaged in bilateral negotiations a little less than a month ago, seemingly making positive headway on a trade deal. With President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador assuming office in December, it’s in the United States’ […]

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Japan’s Minor Scandal: Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha Apologize for Improper Vehicle Testing

Japan’s automotive industry finds itself in the midst of a minor scandal. Last year, the Japanese government ordered manufacturers to investigate their operations after it was revealed that Subaru and Nissan conducting improper testing for decades. Initially, the issue seemed to revolve around a widespread laziness that allowed uncertified employees to conduct final inspection procedures. […]

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DNC advisory warns Democrats to avoid Huawei and ZTE phones

The Democratic National Committee has advised Democrats and their staff to avoid purchasing and/or using smartphones made by ZTE and Huawei, both Chinese companies, citing potential security concerns. Both companies have been in the US government’s crosshairs for years, with officials and politicians worrying that these devices may be used by the Chinese government to […]

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