Cyberattacks

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FBI, DOJ want companies to back off end-to-end encryption

U.S. tech companies should retain access to the encrypted information of their customers, instead of providing end-to-end encryption, in order to give police the tools they need to investigate crimes and terrorist activity, two senior...

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Did hackers remotely execute 'unexplained' commands on German Patriot missile battery?

Oh good, just what we need, vulnerable weapon systems being breached. It was reported that hackers gained access to a German Patriot missile battery and issued 'unexplained commands.' Yikes! Whether the story is pure FUD or a truth...

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China tightens grip over the Internet with new security law

U.S. trade groups are worried that China's security policies could stifle business in the country

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After photo leak, North Korea said to block Instagram

Days after photos leaked of a fire at one of North Korea's biggest and best-known hotels, the country has begun restricting access to Instagram.

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Hackers had access to security clearance data for a year

Hackers who breached a database holding highly personal information on government workers with security clearances had access to the system for about a year before they were discovered.

Lawmakers fear recent U.S. gov't breaches endanger national security

Two recently disclosed data breaches at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management could endanger national security and the lives of federal workers in intelligence or other sensitive jobs.

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Update: Russia and China cracked Snowden's files, identified U.S., UK spies

Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies have reportedly decrypted files of former NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden, and identified British and U.S. secret agents.

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Duqu cyberespionage group compromised venues hosting Iran nuke talks

A state-sponsored espionage group that uses a malware platform called Duqu has compromised the computer networks of several hotels and venues that hosted negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

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North Korea threatens the U.S. with cyberattacks

North Korea has responded to a report that it was the target of an unsuccessful Stuxnet-style cyberattack by threatening a cyberattack of its own against the U.S.

U.S. Army website defaced, and brought down

The U.S. Army's website was defaced and later brought down Monday, with the Syrian Electronic Army claiming responsibility.

Russian cybergroup eyes bank attacks

A group of Russian hackers known for targeting military, government and media organizations is now preparing to attack banks in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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US concerned about China's Great Cannon

The U.S. government says it's concerned about reports that China used a cyber tool called Great Cannon to disrupt Internet traffic and carry out denial of service attacks.

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Defense Dept. wants to rebuild trust with the tech industry

The Department of Defense needs to rebuild trust with Silicon Valley because it needs new technology partners to fight cyberattacks, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Thursday.

House okays cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House voted 307 to 116 on Wednesday to approve the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.

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Malware used in White House and State Department hacks possibly linked to Russia

The group of attackers behind cyberintrusions at the White House and the State Department last year used malware that bears strong similarities to cyberespionage tools suspected to be of Russian origin.

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Pawn Storm cyberspy group targets NATO, other gov't agencies

Even though its activities were exposed last year, the Pawn Storm cyberespionage group has ramped up its efforts in recent months, targeting NATO members and potentially the White House.

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Time to let domestic-spy Patriot Act rules die

How long can you trust the judgement of people who think iPhone is a terrorist weapon and can't even lie effectively about how big a waste domestic surveillance programs have really been?

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U.S. sounds alarm on hacking of passenger jets, air traffic control

Millions of air passengers could be at risk if more isn't done to prevent hackers targeting aircraft and air traffic control systems, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.

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