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Dustin Volz

Dustin Volz Dustin Volz is a staff correspondent for National Journal covering tech policy. His work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The Center for Public Integrity, and The Arizona Republic. Dustin is a graduate of Arizona State University and a publisher of Downtown Devil, a hyper-local news site serving the downtown Phoenix community. Before arriving at National Journal, Dustin spent nine months teaching English at a high school in Indonesia through a Fulbright scholarship.
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Al-Qaeda's Former Spokesman Is Sentenced to Life in Prison

5:34 PM ET Federal authorities sentenced al-Qaida's spokesman to life in prison Tuesday for conspiring to kill Americans through his work with the terrorist organization. The Justice Department announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, a close affiliate and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been sentenced in a Manhattan federal court to spend the ...

Federal Regulators Force Shutdown of Fake Bitcoin-Mining Operation

4:17 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal court has forced a Kansas-based company to cease selling computers that were marketed as able to produce bitcoin on grounds the company failed to deliver its technology in a timely or effective manner—costing consumers tens of millions of dollars. The order, filed last week in Missouri, comes at ...

The Voice of al-Qaida Was Just Sentenced to Life in Prison

4:02 PM ET Federal authorities sentenced al-Qaida's spokesman to life in prison Tuesday for conspiring to kill Americans through his work with the terrorist organization. The Justice Department announced that Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, a close affiliate and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been sentenced in a Manhattan federal court to spend the ...

Home Depot Announces Hackers Stole 56 Million Credit and Debit Cards

September 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Home Depot announced on Thursday that 56 million credit and debit cards were impacted by a recent hack of its systems, a number that exceeds the 40 million payment cards stolen from Target last year. "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and anxiety this has caused, and want ...

Congress to Decide Whether to Tax Your Internet

September 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Uncle Sam may start charging you for the right to access the Internet. Or you might soon find yourself paying a sales tax on purchases made at online retailers like Amazon and eBay. Depending on whom you ask, the two issues are either completely unrelated or close cousins. The first ...

Attention, Defense Contractors: You've Been Hacked

September 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow China committed about 20 cyberattacks across a year-long period on defense contractors working with the government agency responsible for the transportation of military forces and equipment, according to a newly declassified Senate report. The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday released the findings of an investigation into the computer intrusions ...

FBI's Facial-Recognition Technology Goes Live

September 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The FBI's futuristic identification powers are ready for prime time. The Next Generation Identification System, a controversial biometric database that relies heavily on facial-recognition technology, is now fully operational, the agency announced Monday. The program is designed to help law-enforcement officials identify criminal suspects, but it has endured repeated scrutiny ...

Obama’s Deadline To Reform NSA’s Spying Powers Is Extended Again

September 15, 2014 In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass-surveillance program, ...

Despite Obama’s Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamp

September 15, 2014 In the face of congressional inaction, a federal court Friday renewed an order allowing the government to collect phone records on virtually all calls within the United States. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Justice Department's request for another 90-day extension of the National Security Agency's controversial mass-surveillance program, ...

Privacy Groups Worry Americans are Losing Their Appetite for NSA Surveillance Reform

September 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This spring, Congress appeared primed for an Edward Snowden-fueled pullback of the nation's spy programs. Then the world fell apart. The group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria publicly executed two Americans as part of a bloody terror campaign, a commercial airliner was shot down in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and ...