Tim Johnson, The Sacramento Bee

Tim Johnson

The Sacramento Bee

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Tim:

19M rural Americans have little or no internet access. Here’s how they hope to change that

Rural Americans are frustrated as they feel the sociological and economic impacts of slow Internet connectivity. Solutions to expand high speed access in PA exist, but they require investment and political will. → Read More

Air charter firm, client both deny role in alleged shipment of arms to Venezuela

21 Air says it had no responsibility for the cargo seized in Venezuela, casting blame on a client, which also issued a denial. To complicate matters, one of the firms crossed paths with a company that used to help the CIA. → Read More

Venezuela says plane from Miami delivered weapons for use by enemies of Maduro

Cargo plane flying out of Miami delivered a small load of assault weapons, ammo, telescopic sights to airport in Valencia, Venezuelan National Guard general says. → Read More

Second mystery Russian aircraft in a week departs from Venezuela

Latest Russian aircraft left Moscow early in the week, hopscotching through the Middle East and Africa before landing in Caracas. It took off again Friday. Was it carrying gold? → Read More

U.S. yanks bank assets from Venezuela, lays ground for battle over Citgo

Future of Venezuela may rest on who controls Citgo, the huge U.S. refinery and oil marketer. Actual regime, creditors, U.S.-backed interim leader all want control of it. → Read More

The White House threatens oil sanctions if Venezuela’s Maduro crosses red line

The Trump administration is poised to sanction Venezuela’s oil sector if President Nicolás Maduro takes drastic actions such as arresting top opposition leader Juan Guaidó or hurting peaceful protesters. → Read More

U.S. diplomats in Caracas may face virtual siege at the embassy

As U.S. diplomats defy order to leave Venezuela, they may face harassment in the streets as nation’s strongman leader tries to exert his authority. U.S. Marines contingent can only do so much to protect them. → Read More

Those bomb hoaxes last month? GoDaddy may have played unwitting role

Spammers who launched a hoax extortion campaign across U.S. last month used thousands of dormant domain names created by GoDaddy, which says it is fixing the problem → Read More

Legislators, some of them bewildered, may do little on tech issues this year

Chastened by ‘stupid’ hearings, legislators may do little this year on pressing high-tech issues, allowing some states and foreign countries to bypass Washington and set the rules of the road. → Read More

Security certificate yanked from Russia-backed website, hurting ability to divide voters

U.S. users will soon find warnings or be blocked from visiting an English-language website run by Russians that is designed to sway opinions and sow discord. → Read More

As Google chief takes hot seat, lawmakers search their phones and cry ‘bias’

Charges of bias are unfounded, Google’s chief executive tells House committee. But lawmakers grab their cell phones, conduct their own searches and say the results are unfair. → Read More

How many passwords can you remember? Get ready to remember more

Eventually, passwords will go away, replaced by new technology. But until then, consumers will be burdened with a steady increase in the number of passwords they are expected to remember. → Read More

Khashoggi’s friends, other foreigners, are being watched. The U.S. can do little about it

Friends of slain writer Jamal Khashoggi as well as other foreign nationals in the U.S., are beign spied on by their home countries. There’s little the U.S. can do about it. → Read More

Hackers lurked undetected on networks now owned by Marriott for 4 years

Breach of reservation system at Marriott will help cyber criminals amass better profiles to defraud business travelers elsewhere. The breach is the biggest consumer hack since Yahoo in 2013-14. → Read More

Iranian hacking spree hit hospitals, other entities in 43 U.S. states

Federal prosecutors charge two Iranian hackers with being behind a sweeping cyber-extortion campaign against U.S. hospitals, city governments. → Read More

U.S. slaps sanctions on Nicaraguan leader’s wife, top security aide

President Trump freezes all financial transactions with two top aides to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, including Vice President Rosario Murillo, who is also his wife. → Read More

These legislators preach internet privacy, but they still use website tools that snoop

When Mark Zuckerberg came before Congress, legislators took him to task for violating the privacy of Facebook users. But some of those same lawmakers use tracking tools on their campaign websites. → Read More

Trolls with a taste for misinformation roil waters on Election Day

Disinformation about when to vote trickles out on social media, designed to confuse citizens. Authorities warn that Russians, others, still engaged in ‘actions intended to sow discord.’ → Read More

How to make sure your vote gets counted on Election Day

The problems that have confronted voters in recent weeks may only rise on Election Day. Experts warn of phony text messages and social media posts designed to mislead voters. → Read More

US to halve backlog for security clearances by spring, top official says

Intelligence agencies to implement standards on security clearances, minimizing the need for repeat clearances that contribute to massive backlog of cases. → Read More