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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies
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TSA Issues Cybersecurity Rules for Pipeline Companies

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive imposes new rules requiring pipeline operators to strengthen their cyberdefenses.

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks
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U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

This is the first time Washington and other U.S. allies have assigned blame for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which compromised more than 100,000 servers worldwide...

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

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.  

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...

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...

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.

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.

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds
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Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

IP theft and financial crime account for at least 75% of cyber losses and pose the greatest threat to companies, according to the report.

NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.
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NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.

The SLS software concerns are the latest red flags for a program that has struggled to overcome cost overruns and setbacks.

Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election
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Cyber Command Sought to Disrupt World's Largest Botnet, Hoping to Reduce Its Potential Impact on the Election

U.S. Cyber Command (CyberCom) has launched a campaign to temporarily disrupt the world's largest botnet, in order to mitigate its potential interference in the...

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak
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Elite CIA Unit that Developed Hacking Tools Failed to Secure its Own Systems, Allowing Massive Leak

The breach came nearly three years after Edward Snowden stole and disclosed classified information about NSA surveillance operations.
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