Defense Intelligence Agency Virtualization, Warrantless Tracking of Prepaid Cellphones, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news:

  • Ecuador has granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to prevent his extradition, which is ironic given Ecuador’s suppression of press freedom and dissident movements, leading the UK to allegedly threaten to storm the embassy. More here.
  • Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills, deputy commandant for combat development and integration and commanding general of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, said that cyber is now part of the traditional Marine Air-Ground Task Force operational doctrine. More here.
  • The Federal Election Commission assured wireless providers that they would not be responsible for ensuring compliance with campaign-giving rules for donations via text messages. More here.
  • The Defense Intelligence Agency makes extensive use of virtualization to secure information. More here.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation the force it to reveal internal memos on GPS tracking. More here.
  • A New Zealand High Court judge ordered the United States must show its evidence against Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-accused prior to their extradition hearing. More here.
  • In new guidance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology says that cybersecurity incident response should focus first on containment, eradication and recovery, and only secondarily on identifying the attacking host or hosts. More here.
  • Prepaid cellphone users may be now be tracked by law enforcement without a probable-cause warrant. More here.

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