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May 29, 2013

Sprint, SoftBank reach deal with U.S. over security concerns

WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) – Sprint Nextel Corp and Japan’s SoftBank Corp have reached an agreement with U.S. authorities on the national security aspects of the Japanese firm’s pending $20.1 billion deal to win control of the U.S. wireless carrier, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

As a part of the agreement, the U.S. government will have a veto over new equipment purchases by Sprint in certain circumstances if the two companies merged, one of the sources said.

May 22, 2013

Dish on national security PR offensive against SoftBank

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp is ramping up its Washington-centric campaign to thwart Japanese firm SoftBank Corp’s bid for Sprint Nextel Corp, hoping to convince lawmakers and government reviewers that it poses national security risks.

On Wednesday, Dish ads appeared in Washington publications the Washington Post, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call and the National Journal as well as online news sites, including Reuters.com.

May 21, 2013

Some U.S. utilities say they’re under constant cyber attack

WASHINGTON/BOSTON May 21 (Reuters) – Several power utilities
say they face a barrage of cyber attacks on their critical
systems, a report by two Democratic lawmakers found echoing
warnings from the Obama administration that foreign hackers were
trying to bring down the U.S. power grid.

California Representative Henry Waxman released the report,
co-authored with Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey, at the
House Energy and Commerce Committee’s cybersecurity hearing on
Tuesday.

May 19, 2013

White House accuses Republicans of ‘fishing expeditions’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday accused Republicans of conducting political “fishing expeditions,” while Republican lawmakers showed no let up in attacking President Barack Obama’s administration for a culture of what they called cover-up and “intimidation.”

With controversies on three fronts – the Internal Revenue Service, the administration’s explanation of last year’s Benghazi attack and the Justice Department’s seizure of the Associated Press’ phone records – White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer pushed back against suggestions that Obama was under a cloud of scandal.

May 16, 2013

Personal cybersecurity a challenge even for top experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nobody is safe in the digital world and even the smartest minds in the cybersecurity world constantly struggle to fend off hackers in their personal lives.

Be discerning, be suspicious, and be very paranoid, advised top government and private-sector computer security experts at the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit this week.

May 16, 2013

U.S. cyber bill proponents hope second time’s a charm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Six months after a U.S. cybersecurity bill died in the Senate, some Obama administration officials and lawmakers are optimistic they can get a new law passed amid heightened public awareness of hacking attacks and cyber espionage.

With top intelligence officials warning that cyber attacks have replaced terrorism as the leading threat against the United States, the White House and lawmakers have spent months discussing how to improve the flow of information between the government and the private sector.

May 13, 2013

Power group more worried about physical than cyber threats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Downplaying warnings about the potential for hackers to sabotage U.S. power plants at the click of a mouse, the head of the North American electricity standards group said on Monday he is more concerned about physical rather than cyber threats.

“It takes a small number of crews with explosives and you’ve created not only an outage over an area or a city, but smoke and fire and flash-type stuff,” Gerry Cauley, chief executive of the North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC), told the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit.

May 13, 2013

REUTERS SUMMIT: Power group more worried about physical than cyber threats

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – Downplaying warnings about
the potential for hackers to sabotage U.S. power plants at the
click of a mouse, the head of the North American electricity
standards group said on Monday he is more concerned about
physical rather than cyber threats.

“It takes a small number of crews with explosives and you’ve
created not only an outage over an area or a city, but smoke and
fire and flash-type stuff,” Gerry Cauley, chief executive of the
North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC), told the
Reuters Cybersecurity Summit.

May 10, 2013

Exclusive: Elon Musk quits Zuckerberg’s immigration advocacy group

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billionaire environmentalist Elon Musk has quit a Silicon Valley advocacy group formed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after the group funded ads for senators touting their support for an oil pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska.

Musk leads one of the world’s best known “green” companies, electric carmaker Tesla. A Tesla spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday that the South African-born entrepreneur preferred not to elaborate on his reasons for leaving FWD.us.

May 10, 2013

Elon Musk quits Zuckerberg’s immigration advocacy group

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON, May 10 (Reuters) – Billionaire
environmentalist Elon Musk has quit a Silicon Valley advocacy
group formed by Facebook (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) founder Mark Zuckerberg after
the group funded ads for senators touting their support for an
oil pipeline and oil drilling in Alaska.

Musk leads one of the world’s best known “green” companies,
electric carmaker Tesla (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research). A Tesla spokeswoman told
Reuters on Friday that the South African-born entrepreneur
preferred not to elaborate on his reasons for leaving FWD.us.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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