‘FREAK’ flaw leaves gaping security hole

Companies and U.S. agencies scrambled to fix a security hole that left hundreds of thousands of sites, including Whitehouse.gov and NSA.gov, vulnerable.

    Latest News

    Netanyahu says U.S. is on verge of ‘bad deal’ with Iran over nuclear program

    Netanyahu says U.S. is on verge of ‘bad deal’ with Iran over nuclear program

    The Israeli prime minister forcefully argued that a deal to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check would have the opposite effect.

    Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 5.6 percent US sales gain

    Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 5.6 percent US sales gain

    The company sold 163,586 cars and trucks to post its best February in eight years, led by the Jeep brand with a 21 percent increase.

    Read the news right away or it’s gone: CNN, ESPN push for Snapchat users

    Read the news right away or it’s gone: CNN, ESPN push for Snapchat users

    Effort to reach younger audiences leads to social media experiment

    Main Street Morning: A $55 billion bomber

    Main Street Morning: A $55 billion bomber

    Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

    Hidden in Obama’s budget, big news for small businesses (and taxpayers)

    Hidden in Obama’s budget, big news for small businesses (and taxpayers)

    Nearly 1,200 pages into Obama’s budget are two dashed lines that should please taxpayers.

    Public transit on the ropes

    Public transit on the ropes

    Will Hogan and Bowser follow Arlington County in cutting transit expansion?

    Columnists

    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    Protection is in the hands of the one whose identity is being targeted

    Consumers need to be vigilant in making sure their personal data is secure.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    What do falling oil prices mean for the U.S. in the short and long term?

    The immediate impact is negative, but the longer-term effects are more positive.

    Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    Taking stock of pension funds and the trouble they’re in

    Two sets of numbers explain why pensions went from fat and happy to undernourished and desperate.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Northrop employee reads tea leaves, sees millions, in Keurig coffee machine

    Northern Virginia entrepreneur leaves 100k job tending satellites for dream.

    Market News

    Europe stocks gain, Asia mixed as data, China target awaited

    Europe stocks gain, Asia mixed as data, China target awaited

    European stocks gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China’s announcement of its annual growth target.

    Wonkblog

    Majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization for first time, according to the nation’s most authoritative survey

    It’s clear a majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana.

    How having an undocumented parent hurts American children

    How having an undocumented parent hurts American children

    Researchers found that even apart from socioeconomic status, children with parents who are undocumented immigrants exhibit more behavioral problems.

    If the economy’s so good, why aren’t workers getting raises?

    If the economy’s so good, why aren’t workers getting raises?

    Unemployment is falling, but wages still aren’t rising. Is that because companies didn’t want to lower pay during the crisis?

    More from Wonkblog

    On Leadership

    When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

    When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

    Wal-Mart, eBay and Exxon have each been hit with proposals to publicly disclose pay disparities between male and female employees.

    The leadership wisdom of Warren Buffett

    The leadership wisdom of Warren Buffett

    Buffett’s 50th anniversary letter to shareholders didn’t disappoint.

    More from On Leadership

    Get There

    Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

    Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking a closer look at mandatory arbitration clauses, which large financial firms often stick in the fine print for credit cards, payday loans and other consumer products.

    Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

    Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

    After years of public criticism over the aggressive practices of some of its debt collectors, the agency is canceling contracts.

    The Switch

    Clinton may not have sent classified e-mail from her personal account. But that may not matter.

    Clinton may not have sent classified e-mail from her personal account. But that may not matter.

    Unclassified communications can still be sensitive.

    Obama is upset that China wants tech companies to undermine their own security

    Obama is upset that China wants tech companies to undermine their own security

    Obama finally comes out against backdoors in encryption — if China can access them.

    More from The Switch