Paul Rosenzweig

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Drone warfare heads under the seas as U.S. seeks advantage over rivals

As unmanned aerial drones have become a critical part of modern warfare, the Pentagon is now looking to deploy autonomous robots underwater, patrolling the sea floor on what one top Navy official called an “Eisenhower highway network,” complete with rest stops where the drones could …

Military

Bear on bear

THE breach of Democratic Party computer systems attracted plenty of headlines this summer. What has attracted less attention is that two separate …

Cybersecurity

Learning to live with it

IT HAS been an edgy summer in France. Since the horror of Bastille Day, when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel killed 86 people in Nice, heavily armed …

Bruce Schneier

Putin wants revenge and respect, and hacking the U.S. is his way of getting it

MOSCOW — The recent spate of embarrassing emails and other records stolen by Russian hackers is President Vladimir Putin’s splashy response to years of what he sees as U.S. efforts to weaken and shame him on the world stage and with his own people, according to Russia experts here and in the U.S. …

Russia

Posers for the party

IN CHINA, the battle to control information is largely waged online. The Communist Party blocks most foreign social media, routinely censors …

China

Scared? Make women disrobe

A TERRORIST drove a lorry into a crowd on Bastille Day, killing 86 people and injuring hundreds. This atrocity took place near a beach. So a number …

Nicolas Sarkozy

Bruised Apple

FOR many, there is no question who is the hero and who the villain in this week’s tax confrontation between Brussels and Apple (see article). Gaming …

To This Day

Uberworld

“LET’S Uber.” Few companies offer something so popular that their name becomes a verb. But that is one of the many achievements of Uber, a company …

Autonomous Vehicle

Apple VP: The FBI wants to roll back safeguards that keep us a step ahead of criminals

<i>Craig Federighi is senior vice president of software engineering at Apple. He first joined Apple in 1997.</i><p>As the head of software engineering at Apple, I think nothing is more important than the safety of all of our customers. Even as we strive to deliver delightful experiences to users of iPhones, …

Cybersecurity

Apple is fighting the wrong encryption case

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is such a respected figure that it’s easy to overlook the basic problem with his argument about encryption: Cook is asserting that a private company and the interests of its customers should prevail over the public’s interest as expressed by our courts.<p>The San …

Privacy

Report: Illegal immigrants would earn more if court approves Obama action

President Obama’s embattled plan to provide temporary deportation relief and work permits to illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children — a proposal the Supreme Court is due to review this year — could benefit more than 10 million people in families with eligible members, increasing their household …

Immigration

Apple says FBI seeks ‘dangerous power,’ files motion opposing court order to help unlock iPhone

Apple on Thursday asked a court to quash a judicial order that would force the company to help the Justice Department unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, arguing that the order imposed an “unprecedented and oppressive” burden on the tech giant.<p>The motion to vacate was the …

Privacy

FBI, Apple to appear before Congress for hearing on encryption

The head of the FBI and Apple’s general counsel will testify before Congress next week amid the public debate over whether the tech giant should help agents unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., federal authorities said Thursday.<p>This …

Privacy

Former Mexican presidents Fox and Calderón take aim at Trump and his ‘stupid wall’

MEXICO CITY — Two former Mexican presidents said in separate interviews with The Washington Post that the xenophobic rhetoric of Donald Trump and the other Republicans running for president has damaged U.S.-Mexico relations and changed the way many Mexicans view Americans.<p>Vicente Fox and Felipe …

Donald Trump

Constitutionality of StingRay use by D.C. police is challenged

Public defenders and civil liberties groups are challenging the constitutionality of the first-known use by local police in the nation’s capital of covert cellphone-tracking technology without a court warrant.<p>The challenge before the D.C. Court of Appeals comes in the case of Prince Jones, who was …

Surveillance

The exotic new weapons the Pentagon wants to deter Russia and China

Little noticed amid the daily news bulletins about the Islamic State and Syria, the Pentagon has begun a push for exotic new weapons that can deter Russia and China.<p>Pentagon officials have started talking openly about using the latest tools of artificial intelligence and machine learning to create …

Military

Migrants find doors slamming shut across Europe

BERLIN — Nations along Europe’s refugee route are taking the boldest steps yet to clamp down on migrant flows, trapping thousands of asylum seekers and potentially blocking countless war-weary families from finding sanctuary in the West.<p>The crackdown in recent days, aid groups say, comes at the …

North Africa

FBI asked San Bernardino to reset the password for shooter’s phone backup

In the chaotic aftermath of the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., in December, FBI investigators seeking to recover data from the iPhone of one of the shooters asked a technician in the California county to reset the phone’s iCloud password.<p>But that action foreclosed the possibility of an …

Privacy

Apple should not be forced by the government to decrypt users’ data

UNTIL TUESDAY, Apple appeared to be winning its fight with law enforcement. President Obama announced last year that he would not pursue legislation forcing tech companies to give law enforcement access to users’ encrypted data. But on Tuesday, the FBI persuaded a judge to order Apple to create …

Privacy

A blackout in Ukraine is a reminder of the dangers of cyberattacks

ELECTRICITY IS the lifeblood of an economy and a society, enabling transportation, communications, food, health care and many other necessities. On Dec. 23, about half of the 1.4 million homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of western Ukraine went dark for three hours when multiple electrical …

Cybersecurity

Why Apple is in a historic fight with the government over one iPhone

It was a compelling set of facts for the government: a terrorist attack in California that killed 14 people, an iPhone possibly containing crucial evidence that could not be unlocked, and a warrant to search the phone.<p>But the phone’s contents are encrypted, and Apple, according to the Justice …

Privacy

In messaging apps for teens, talk of danger and dollars

Teenagers, a historically wily demographic, are increasingly moving their digital social lives from public sites where their parents hang out to smartphone messaging apps, giving them nearly complete privacy in their online social lives.<p>Apps such as Kik, Line, WhatsApp, Ask.fm and Whisper can often …

Parenting

Why Zika is ‘much more insidious, cunning and evil’ than Ebola

Global health authorities and government officials are mobilizing to battle the fast-spreading Zika virus, sending rapid-response teams to affected regions, issuing travel warnings for pregnant women, accelerating vaccine trials and even deploying mosquito-fighting troops to hard-hit areas in …

Disease

British teen arrested in hacking of top U.S. intelligence officials

British authorities have arrested a 16-year-old suspected of being involved with a group that hacked into the private email accounts of high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials, according to U.S. officials and British police.<p>The teen is said to be connected to the cohort that calls itself Crackas …

Cybercrime

There’s an app for young Iranians to avoid the morality police, but its makers are worried

In modern Iran, morality watchdogs are a part of life. Under the orders of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, officials censor or sideline those seen as violating Iran's conservative Islamic codes.<p>Iranian women have often faced the most scrutiny. Morality squads — under the direction …

Apps

Without Social Security numbers, illegal immigrants face eviction

The park’s owners insist on Social Security numbers. Attorneys for the tenants allege discrimination.<p>The park’s owners insist on Social Security numbers. Attorneys for the tenants allege discrimination.<p>The owners of a Northern Virginia mobile-home park are trying to evict about 15 residents who …

Housing

NATO ships to combat migrant-smuggling networks in Aegean

BRUSSELS — NATO dispatched warships to the Aegean Sea on Thursday to target people-smuggling operations, marking the most direct intervention by the military alliance in Europe’s efforts to control the huge wave of migrants seeking to reach the continent’s shores.<p>The operation — cobbled together …

North Africa

Turban-wearing Sikh actor who was barred from boarding plane is still refusing to fly home

Waris Ahluwalia stopped resisting rigorous airport security checks a long time ago.<p>The Sikh American designer, model and actor says he’s grown accustomed to multiple bag searches, invasive pat-downs and incessant swabbing.<p>He’ll even let you massage his feet for foreign objects without protest.<p>After …

Religion