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Brendan Sasso

National Journal Brendan Sasso is a technology correspondent for National Journal. He previously covered technology policy issues for The Hill and was a researcher and contributing writer for the 2012 edition of the Almanac of American Politics. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
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Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

April 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For some period of time, Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security and didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered ...

This Hacker Is Getting Out of Jail -- But Not For the Reason His Supporters Hoped

April 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal appeals court struck a blow on Friday against the Justice Department's campaign to crack down on computer hacking. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of Andrew Auernheimer, better known by his online alias "Weev," who was charged with stealing thousands of email addresses from AT&T's ...

U.S. Promises Not to Sue Companies for Discussing Hacks

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration wants companies to work together to battle hackers. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission issued a formal policy statement Thursday, assuring businesses that they will not face federal lawsuits for sharing information with each other about attacks on their computer systems. Companies have been nervous ...

House Panel Votes to Halt Obama's Internet Power Transfer

April 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A House panel voted along party lines on Thursday to delay the Obama administration's plan to give up oversight over certain technical Internet management functions. Republicans are worried that the proposal, which would transfer power to an international nonprofit group, could open the door to an Internet takeover by authoritarian ...

Google to Obama: Leave Us Out of Your Spying Fight

April 9, 2014 Google is getting nervous. On the one hand, the Internet behemoth wants the public to know it’s outraged by U.S. surveillance programs and is aggressively lobbying for new rules to keep its customers’ data safe from the government’s prying eyes. But as public attention turns to data privacy, Google, Facebook, ...

Google to Obama: Leave Us Out of Your Spying Fight

April 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is getting nervous. On the one hand, the Internet behemoth wants the public to know it’s outraged by U.S. surveillance programs and is aggressively lobbying for new rules to keep its customers’ data safe from the government’s prying eyes. But as public attention turns to data privacy, Google, Facebook, ...

Court Upholds FTC's Power to Sue Hacked Companies

April 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Trade Commission has the power to sue companies that fail to protect their customers' data, a federal court in New Jersey said Monday. The ruling shoots down a challenge from Wyndham Hotels, which argued that the FTC overstepped its authority with a 2012 lawsuit against the global hotel ...

Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power

April 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans ...

Netflix's Net-Neutrality Plea Gets Rejected by the FCC

April 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission has no plans to expand its net-neutrality rules to ensure that services like Netflix can connect to Internet providers' networks for free. But the agency is eyeing other avenues to regulate special deals between websites and Internet providers—an area of concern for consumer groups after Netflix ...

How the NSA Used a 'Loophole' to Spy on Americans

April 2, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's top intelligence official has confirmed that the National Security Agency intentionally spied on the communications of Americans under a law intended to apply only to foreigners. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed the surveillance in a letter responding to questioning from Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon ...