The urgent race for such visas—highly desired by Microsoft, Apple, Google and other leading technology companies—coincides with congressional plans to increase the number available to tech-savvy foreigners.
The race to secure one of the 85,000 so-called H-1B visas available for the 2014 budget year started Monday and requests will be accepted through at least Friday. If petitions outpace the availability in the first week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the first time since 2008 will use a lottery to pick which companies get visas to award to prospective employees.
South Korea will be stepping up its cooperation with the United States, particularly in the area of cyber warfare, to better deal with emerging threats. This comes on the back of last month's cyberattack, which was the largest the country had witnessed in two years.
The Yonhap News Agency reported Monday the South Korea's defense ministry said it will increase its cyber warfare forces and develop deterrence scenarios in partnership with the U.S. The deterrence methods will help the country be more prepared against an unprovoked attack in times of peace and war, it noted.
Over the pond, the US Justice Department has become so paranoid about hackers that it is bringing about a prosecution campaign which seems to take the Salem Witch trials for inspiration.
This week Andrew Auernheimer was jailed for 41 months because he dared to obtain the personal data of more than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&T's publicly accessible website.
New Chinese Premier Li Keqiang dismissed hacking accusations against China as “groundless” on Sunday and said his government was committed to strong ties with Washington.
Referring to allegations that China’s military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. entities, Li reiterated Beijing’s statements that China is a major target of global hackers and opposes all such criminal activity.
Having worked on several continents, I know how difficult it can be to adjust to different cultures.
In Poland, for example, men kiss men at work. In the United States, on the other hand, they sue for that kind of thing.
So you have to feel for any American who is suddenly asked very nicely by his employer to leave the deep safety of the nation and venture to, say, the United Kingdom. They're different there. They're tight-lipped and generally superior. Kinder employers, therefore, create little handbooks to prepare unwitting expats for a new world.