Andrea Peterson

Industry Influence on an FCC Advisory Panel

After high-tech phone network outages hit major US cities in 1991, the Federal Communications Commission chartered an advisory group to help the agency troubleshoot emerging technology issues.

Why the US still won’t require SS7 fixes that could secure your phone

Decades later, Signaling System No. 7 (SS7) and other components of the nation’s digital backbone remain flawed, leaving calls and texts vulnerable to interception and disruption.

President-elect Trump’s pick for attorney general could be bad news for Silicon Valley

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general probably wouldn’t have been the tech industry’s first choice.

Cyberattack that disrupted access to major websites is under investigation

Tens of millions of IP addresses were used to take down popular websites like Twitter and Netflix as part of a massive cyberattack on Oct 21.

DOS Attack Causes Twitter, Spotify, and Other Major Services To Be Down

Someone attacked a key part of the Internet's infrastructure the morning of Oct 21, causing some major services such as Twitter, Spotify and Airbnb to be inaccessible for some users.

Why Apple can be forced to turn logs of your iMessage contacts over to police

When a user sends someone a message through Apple’s iMessage feature, Apple encrypts that message between Apple devices so that only the sender and recipient can read its contents.

How this social network for neighborhoods is trying to fix its racism problem

What do you do when your social network ends up revealing racism in users' back yards? That's the problem Nextdoor, a site that connects people who live in the same area, is trying to tackle.

NSA’s use of software flaws to hack foreign targets posed risks to cybersecurity

To penetrate the computers of foreign targets, the National Security Agency relies on software flaws that have gone undetected in the pipes of the Internet.

Jacob Appelbaum was an online privacy hero. Then a scandal exploded.

The Tor Project, a digital privacy group, said July 27 that an internal probe found that Jacob Appelbaum, a former employee who has been held up across the Web as a champion of online privacy, engaged in sexual misconduct.

Wikileaks posts nearly 20,000 hacked DNC e-mails online

Wikileaks posted a massive trove of internal Democratic National Committee e-mails online July 22, in what the organization dubbed the first of a new "Hillary Leaks" series.