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World Sep 07U.S.-built databases, biometric data a potential tool of the Taliban
The nobly stated goal was to promote law and order and government accountability, and to modernize a war-ravaged land. But in the Taliban's lightning seizure of power, most of that digital apparatus fell into the hands of an unreliable ruler.
Economy Aug 05Apple to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child abuse
Apple is planning to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child abuse, drawing applause from child protection groups but raising concern among some security researchers that the system could be used to surveil citizens.
World Jul 20Macron among 14 heads of states among potential spyware targets
Amnesty International says French President Emmanuel Macron leads a list of 14 current or former heads of state potentially targeted for hacking by clients of the notorious Israeli spyware firm NSO Group.
Nation Jul 15State Department offering rewards up to $10 million to curb ransomware
The rewards are for information leading to the identification of anyone engaged in foreign state-sanctioned malicious cyber activity, including ransomware attacks, against critical U.S. infrastructure.
Nation Jul 05How ransomware attacks are roiling the cyber insurance industry
Thousands of victims have been identified in at least 17 countries, with ransom demands of up to $5 million reported. The FBI says the scale of the attack means it may not be able to respond to each victim individually.
Economy Jul 02Ransomware hits hundreds of U.S. companies, security firm says
A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident.
World Jul 01NSA discloses hacking methods it says are used by Russia
U.S. and British agencies have disclosed hacking techniques they say are used by Russian intelligence to target hundreds of government agencies, energy companies and other organizations, amid a wave of devastating cyberattacks around the world.
Politics Jun 19AP FACT CHECK: Putin’s twisted tale on rival; Biden GOP jab
A look at the veracity of some statements from Biden’s week of diplomacy and his return to the domestic fray, as well as statements by Vladimir Putin at a Geneva news conference after his meeting with President Biden.
Politics May 14WATCH: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds briefing
Gas shortages have spread from the South, almost exhausting supplies in Washington, D.C. The runs on gasoline follow a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline.
Nation Feb 10Hack exposes vulnerability of cash-strapped U.S. water plants
Suspicious incidents are usually chalked up to mechanical or procedural errors, but experts say they occur more often than the public is told and many go unreported to protect reputations, customer trust — and revenues.