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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

U.S. officials say more than $2 million in cryptocurrency payments to the hackers who held Colonial Pipeline hostage in May has been recovered.

Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit
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Major Websites Experience Outages, including The New York Times, CNN, Reddit

The problems appear related to Fastly, which runs a content delivery network, and have been largely resolved.

Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers
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Feds Recover More Than $2 Million in Ransomware Payments from Colonial Pipeline Hackers

The seizure of cryptocurrency paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring marks a major milestone for the Department of Justice.  

Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attack
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Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attack

The breach is the latest targeting a crucial supply chain, and comes three weeks after the Colonial Pipeline hack disrupted fuel operations in the U.S.

The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game
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The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The U.S. Army is training on a new night-vision system that generates a videogame-like view of a scene.

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn
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DOD Isn't Armed to Combat Growing Threat of Info Warfare, Experts Warn

Experts will say in today's Congressional testimony that the U.S. can learn from how cyberthreats have evolved in addressing growing online information operations...

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown
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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

The deal came after intense negotiations and backlash.

Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled
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Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled

Israeli company Aleph Farms has unveiled the world's first three-dimensionally printed rib-eye steak, cultivated from live animal tissue.

Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers
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Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers

Ford Motor's Spin division has announced a new service allowing electronic scooter operators to remotely move their scooters if they wind up in public spaces.

Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level
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Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level

In a move that signals the importance of science to the incoming administration, President-elect Joe Biden announced a plan to make the White House Office of Science...

CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years
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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show is highlighting innovations spurred by Covid-19.

Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium
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Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

Apple's lawsuit against security research firm Corellium has failed, with a federal judge rejecting claims that Corellium's software breached copyright law.

Students Find Creating Covid-19 Tracing App for School Was Easy. Navigating Fault Lines of the Teenage Pull to Socializing Was More Treacherous.
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Students Find Creating Covid-19 Tracing App for School Was Easy. Navigating Fault Lines of the Teenage Pull to Socializing Was More Treacherous.

Two Marin County, CA, high school students built apps to help local schools contain the spread of Covid-19, hoping to encourage in-person attendance while maintaining...

Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The University of Pittsburgh recently received an $8-million+ National Institutes of Health grant to develop brain-computer interfaces.

DHS is 3rd Federal Agency Hacked in Major Russian Cyberespionage Campaign
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DHS is 3rd Federal Agency Hacked in Major Russian Cyberespionage Campaign

A spokesman said the Department of Homeland Security is aware of reports of a breach and is currently investigating the matter.

Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools
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Spies with Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Believed to have Hacked a top American Cybersecurity Firm, Stolen its Sensitive Tools

"We are witnessing an attack by a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities," FireEye CEO Kevin Mandia said in a blog post.
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