Chinese Hackers Seen As Increasingly Professional, Experts Say  Fox News“China conducts at least an order of magnitude more than the next country,” said Martin Libicki, a specialist on cyber warfare at the Rand Corporation, based in Santa Monica, California. The fact that hackers take weekends off suggests they are paid … A New Cold War, in Cyberspace, Tests US Ties to China New York Times By: David E. Sanger WASHINGTON – When the Obama administration circulated to the nation’s Internet providers last week a lengthy confidential list of computer addresses linked to a hacking group that has stolen terabytes of data from American corporations, it left out … Data Theft: Guess Who The FTC Is Targeting?  Los Angeles Times  By: John Healey The commission announced a settlement with mobile device manufacturer HTC America that requires the company to plug security holes in millions of smartphones and tablet computers, develop a…       Read More

By: Greg Bluestein and Melissa Abbey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution COLE CITY HOLLOW, Tenn. — COLE CITY HOLLOW, Tenn. — On a rainy day, the grassy patch of land just across Georgia’s northwest border is muddy and forlorn. No one lives here, but there are people: about 85 of them, buried in State Line Cemetery.But the 1.5-square-mile piece of Tennessee gleams in the eyes of some Georgia legislators. They say it holds the key to ending metro Atlanta’s water woes, maybe forever. The Georgia House recently initiated its latest attempt to claim disputed territory at the border that, if shifted to Georgia, would give the state access to the mighty Tennessee River. This time, they’ve reduced Georgia’s demand to just a slice big enough to run a pipeline to the river, dropping earlier claims on a larger swath. Skeptics say it’s a time-wasting fantasy. Tennessee over the years has scoffed at Georgia…       Read More

By: Brad Carver Robert Frost wrote in 1914 that “good fences make good neighbors.” That theory holds true as long as the fence is on the correct side of the property line. Georgia House Resolution 4, now pending in the state legislature, is the Peach State’s effort to be a good neighbor to our Volunteer neighbors, encouraging them to put the proverbial fence back in the proper place. By doing so, Tennessee can clear up uncertainty for 30,000 citizens, avoid a legal battle and help solve a water supply challenge not just for Georgia, but for two other southern states. Flowing through the Tennessee River is more than 1.6 billion gallons per day of Georgia water, arriving from rills, creeks and rivers in Georgia’s Blue Ridge, among the rainiest parts of the continental United States. The Tennessee Valley Authority estimates the river has at least one billion gallons of excess…       Read More

By: Tim Omarzu ATLANTA — Georgia State Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, hopes the 10th time will be the charm for Georgia in its longstanding border — and water — dispute with Tennessee.On Wednesday afternoon Geisinger presented the Senate Judiciary Committee with what he said is Georgia’s 10th bill since 1887 seeking to move the border north to the 35th parallel — smack dab in the middle of Nickajack Lake. Under what Geisinger said is a “generous offer,” Tennessee would keep 65.5 square miles of the disputed territory, including parts of East Ridge and Lookout Mountain, along with the 30,817 residents who live there. In exchange, Tennessee would give Georgia a 1.5-square-mile strip of land on which it would build a pipeline that would deliver up to one billion gallons of water per day to Georgia, Alabama and Florida. “It would have little or no effect” on the Tennessee River, Geisinger…       Read More

Reported By: Sandra Parrish from wsbradio.comATLANTA — A State Senate committee signs off on a plan to change Georgia’s border with Tennessee. The resolution would give up most of Georgia’s claim to 66 square miles wrongly given to Tennessee in a faulty survey in 1818.  It seeks just 1.5 square miles to build a pipeline into the Tennessee River. It’s a mission attorney Brad Carver has spent the last six years pursuing. “What we could in essence do is to tap that river through an inter-basin transfer and solve our state’s water problem for the next 100 to 200 years,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish. Carver says a 2004 environmental impact study found the Tennessee River had in excess of 1 billion gallons of water a day that could be easily be shared with other states at no detriment to its own. The resolution has already passed the House and if it…       Read More

Reported By: Bill Mitchell from WDEF News12 Georgia lawmakers have renewed their efforts to get access to water from Nickajack Lake. The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to seek an agreement with the state of Tennessee to share the Tennessee River water..and settle a border dispute that dates back to 1818. This proposal is different from the others.BRAD CARVER, ATTORNEY, GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS   “The truth is, the Tennessee river has a billion gallons per day of excess capacity.” Brad Carver is an Atlanta attorney who’s working pro-bono on the Georgia/Tennessee border and water dispute. Twenty four hours after the legislature’s last vote on the matter—171 to 2—he was in Dade county pushing the idea that Georgia’s north-flowing creeks are putting 1.8 billion gallons of water into the Tennessee River. BRAD CARVER “Its not about stealing the water from Tennessee or getting something that’s not Georgia’s…its trying to reclaim…       Read More

On February 12, 2013, President Obama, dissatisfied with Congress’ failure to pass legislation to protect the infrastructure that is critical to the Country’s operation, signed an Executive Order (EO) titled, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security.”  The immediate questions that pop into the brain trust of many companies are, “Does this apply to us?” and “Do we have to do anything?”  Let me outline the answers to these, and other, important questions: 1) Why now? – The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the House of Representatives, but stalled in the Senate in 2012 amid privacy concerns.  The President has expressed concern about the slow steps being taken to protect our critical infrastructure from cyber threats.  The President still expects Congress to pass cyber security legislation, and in his State of the Union address last week, called upon Congress to do so.  The very next day, CISPA was re-introduced…       Read More

Zhang Zhaozhong – Formerly Rear Admiral May Be Showing A Whole … Business InsiderBy: Robert Johnson The Chinese army appears to be conducting cyberhacking and espionage against large U.S. corporations, according to an extensive report from computer security firm Mandiant. The report even identifies the unit and the building behind the cyberwar … Privacy Advocates: Cybersecurity Bill Faces Tough Odds This Year The Hill By: Jennifer Martinez Additionally, privacy groups applauded the changes made to a Senate cybersecurity bill last year, which included a provision that requires companies to “make reasonable efforts” to remove sensitive personal information from cyber threat data before …   Hackers Aim Arrows at Retail Bulls Eye Fox BusinessBy: Jennifer Booton However, with hacker tactics improving and millions of credit cards at risk of fraud, the issue remains wide-scale. Indeed, as businesses become better equipped to fight back, cyber evildoers grow equally — if not more…       Read More

Prior to the State of the Union, President Obama said, “Comprehensive immigration reform is in our grasp … but the closer we get the more emotional this issue gets.”  He proceeded to lay out three pillars of immigration reform:  “1) Stay focused on border enforcement, which will create border security, and continue the crack down on businesses knowingly hiring undocumented workers; 2) Deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally, create a pathway to citizenship and get these 11 million people paying taxes and passed in background checks; and 3) Improve the legal immigration “bureaucracy”.  The system should be efficient and ensure that that the ‘best and the brightest’ from across the world still want to emigrate to the U.S.” In his State of the Union address, President Obama framed his discussion on immigration by opening with strengthening our nation’s borders.  He said, “[R]eal reform means strong border security……       Read More

William Bradley Carver1, Dargan “Scott” Cole, Sr. 2, Chad A. Wingate3 AUTHORS: 1 Partner, Hall Booth Smith, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, 2 Of Counsel, Hall Booth Smith. P.C.  Atlanta, Georgia, 30303, 3Associate, Hall Booth Smith, P.C. Atlanta, Georgia, 30303. REFERENCE: Proceedings of the 2011 Georgia Water Resources Conference, held April 11–13, 2011, at the University of Georgia. Metro Atlanta and North Georgia are facing a water supply crisis Metro Atlanta and the counties comprising the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (MNGWPD) are facing a water supply crisis. MNGWPD predicts that it will run short of available water supplies within the next decade or two. In addition, the Northwest Georgia Regional Water Resources Partnership, which includes the area between metro Atlanta and Chattanooga, predicts that its own water demand will double by 2030 and may exceed supplies by 2017. Further complicating the North Georgia water supply, is the ongoing tri-state litigation over…       Read More