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Alleged Chinese police database hack leaks data of 1 billion

Jul. 05, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hackers claim to have obtained a trove of data on 1 billion Chinese from a Shanghai police database in a leak that, if confirmed, could be one of the largest data breaches in history. In a post on the online hacking forum Breach Forums last week, someone using the...

Experts: California lacked safeguards for gun owner info

Jul. 01, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Cybersecurity experts say the California Department of Justice apparently failed to follow basic security procedures on its website, exposing the personal information of potentially hundreds of thousands of gun owners. The website was designed to only...

EXPLAINER: Data privacy concerns emerge after Roe decision

Jun. 29, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that collect personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance. One fear is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data...

China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

Jun. 24, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the “first shot” in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country’s 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador...

Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens

Jun. 18, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin fell below the psychologically important threshold of $20,000 on Saturday for the first time since late 2020, in a fresh sign that the selloff in cryptocurrencies is deepening. The price of the most popular cryptocurrency had plunged as much as 9.7% to less...

Avera Health data breach affects 700 patients

Jun. 14, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The private information of hundreds of patients at a Sioux Falls-based health care system have been compromised, according to the provider. Avera Health says a data breach allowed someone to obtain the personal information of about 700 patients who...

Cybersecurity courses ramp up amid shortage of professionals

Jun. 11, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The pressure was on. Someone, somewhere, was attacking computer systems so customers couldn’t reach certain websites. In a windowless room in Denver, Zack Privette had worked all morning with his security team to figure out what the cyber strangers were up to. ...

Data breach at health care organization may affect 2 million

Jun. 08, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A digital attack on a Massachusetts-based health care organization may have compromised the personal information of as many as 2 million people, officials said. Shields Health Care Group Inc., which provides imaging and ambulatory surgical services at dozens of...

Bank of Jamaica to launch nationwide digital currency

Jun. 07, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Bank of Jamaica is preparing to issue a nationwide digital currency for the first time in its history following recent approval from legislators. The move is expected to help many on the island of nearly 3 million who don’t have bank accounts,...

Digital currencies flow to campaigns, but state rules vary

Jun. 05, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

For congressional candidate Shrina Kurani, cryptocurrency is not only the future of money, it’s a transformative technology that could revolutionize campaign funding and attract a new generation of voters. She is among a vanguard of candidates courting campaign contributions in...