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Kaveh Waddell

Kaveh Waddell Kaveh Waddell is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he previously conducted policy research​. A native of Seattle, he studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College
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The Black Market for Netflix Accounts

February 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Whether you’re using your parents’ password, you share an account with a spouse, or you somehow still have your freshman-year roommate’s uncle’s login information, sharing Netflix credentials is a near-universal experience for the modern couch potato. But many Netflix users are unwittingly sharing their account with unwelcome guests, too. On...

The Research Pirates of the Dark Web

February 9, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it’s overflowing into the Dark Web. Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless your computer is on the network of a university with an expensive subscription, you have to pay a fee, often around $30,...

The Story of the Former Fed Who Tried to Launch a Cyberattack on Nuclear Scientists

February 4, 2016 A nuclear scientist formerly employed by the federal government admitted Tuesday that he tried to infect the computers of about 80 government employees whom he believed had access to nuclear materials and weapons. According to court documents released by the Justice Department, the scientist, Charles Eccleston, pleaded guilty to one...

The Former Federal Employee Who Tried to Launch a Cyberattack on Nuclear Scientists

February 4, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A nuclear scientist formerly employed by the federal government admitted Tuesday that he tried to infect the computers of about 80 government employees whom he believed had access to nuclear materials and weapons. According to court documents released by the Justice Department, the scientist, Charles Eccleston, pleaded guilty to one...

The Government Might Subpoena Your Toaster. Blame the Internet of Things.

February 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To hear FBI Director Jim Comey tell it, his agency is going blind: Shielded by software that uses encryption to secure text or voice communications, criminals and terrorists are planning attacks and exploits on the very same platforms that you might use to stay in touch with your mom. But...

The Government Might Subpoena Your Toaster

February 3, 2016 To hear FBI Director Jim Comey tell it, his agency is going blind: Shielded by software that uses encryption to secure text or voice communications, criminals and terrorists are planning attacks and exploits on the very same platforms that you might use to stay in touch with your mom. But...

This Year's High-Tech Super Bowl Stadium Could Be a Target for Hackers

February 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As many as a million fans in Denver orange and Carolina blue are expected to descend on the Bay Area this weekend for the Super Bowl. Of those, some 70 thousand of the luckiest, wealthiest, and best connected will get to watch the game from inside the state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium...

Attention, Feds: Your Slack Messages are Subject to FOIA

January 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In offices the world over, email servers are gathering dust as workers flock to group instant-messaging platforms to communicate. Slack, one of the most popular platforms, lets users in a team send messages to one another, individually or in groups. It plays nicely with other online services, a feature which...

Slack Messages Could Be Subject to FOIA Requests

January 27, 2016 In offices the world over, email servers are gathering dust as workers flock to group instant-messaging platforms to communicate. Slack, one of the most popular platforms, lets users in a team send messages to one another, individually or in groups. It plays nicely with other online services, a feature which...

Google Gave Up on China in 2008. Here’s Why It’s Heading Back

January 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Google shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, it gave up access to an enormous market. There are more than twice as many people on the Internet in China as there are residents in the U.S., and the number of Chinese Internet users is growing at a rate...