Tech 2.0 for Thursday, August 15, 2013
A federal judge says the Environmental Protection Agency's use of secret email accounts may have been aimed at skirting public disclosure requirements. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the Landmark Legal Foundation, a conservative public interest law firm, can question and obtain records from EPA officials as part of the firm's Freedom of Information lawsuit against the federal agency. Lamberth said the foundation can seek the information to determine whether top EPA officials used personal email accounts to conduct official business — and whether the agency initially excluded those accounts from Landmark's Freedom of Information request. In the lawsuit last year, the foundation asked for any records that indicated EPA was delaying the announcement of new environmental regulations until after last year's presidential election.
The Washington Post says its website has been hacked. The newspaper says in a note on its website that readers of some of its stories are being redirected to the website of the Syrian Electronic Army, a group that supports President Bashar Assad's regime. The Post says it is working to resolve the issue. Post spokeswoman Kristine Coratti declined comment beyond the note posted on the newspaper's website. The SEA has taken credit for a string of Web attacks on media targets that it sees as sympathetic to Syria's rebels. Among the targets the group claims to have hacked are Twitter feeds of The Associated Press, Al-Jazeera English and the BBC.
Cisco Systems is cutting 4,000 jobs, or about five percent of its workforce. The company sites the difficult economic climate as the reason for the layoffs, which are set to begin in 2014. Cisco designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment. Shares of Cisco stock plunged ten percent in after-hours trading Wednesday at the news. The stock has initially slipped four percent after Cisco released lower-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter.