STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 20, 2015

High Profile Vulnerabilities Continue to Make Headlines

Lenovo users found out that new laptops had come preinstalled with malicious code, known as Superfish. The code is hidden deep within Windows and is very difficult to find, raising the question of how it got there in the first place. Lenovo is providing a removal tool to its users. (CNET)

Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security firm alleged that groups linked to the U.S. Government had embedded spyware overseas. (NYTimes) Despite the concerns raised by such state action in the cyber security realm, that trend shows no signs of slowing. The United States has announced a plan to combat extremism on social media. (Politico Pro)

The Aftermath of the Silk Road Trial

The United States’ Marshals have announced an auction of $11.7 worth of Bitcoin from the prosecution of Ross Ulbricht in the Silk Road Marketplace Trial. (GizmodoArs Technica / U.S. Marshals). Check out’s coverage of the jury verdict in the trial. (Wired) The parties will now make their post-trial motions in advance of sentencing (USA v. Ulbricht, Docket No. 1:14-cr-00068 (S.D.N.Y. Feb 04, 2014)).

New Technologies for 2015

The MIT Technology Review released its list of the Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2015. (MIT Technology Review)

Congress Continues to Debate Legislation

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on trade will hold a hearing on patent trolls.  (Politico Pro / House Energy and Commerce subcommittee) Next week FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal on Net Neutrality will be headed for a vote on February 26. For a summary of the proposal which would regulate the Internet as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act see TechCrunchThe Washington Post, and Chairman Wheeler’s Op-Ed in Wired Magazine.

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