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EXPLAINER: Social media and the Texas shooter's messages

May. 26, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

Could technology companies have monitored ominous messages made by a gunman who Texas authorities say massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school? Could they have warned the authorities? Answers to these questions remain unclear, in part because official...

Twitter to pay $150M penalty over privacy of users' data

May. 25, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter will pay a $150 million penalty and put in new safeguards to settle federal regulators’ allegations that the social platform failed to protect the privacy of users’ data over a six-year span. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission...

NFL partners with Mythical Games for blockchain-enabled game

May. 25, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and NFL Players Association are partnering with Mythical Games for the first blockchain-enabled NFL video game. The game — which will be called NFL Rivals — is slated to launch early next year. Players will run a team as a general manager and compete...

Breach exposed data of half-million Chicago students, staff

May. 21, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The personal information of more than half a million Chicago Public Schools students and staff was compromised in a ransomware attack last December, but the vendor didn't report it to the district until last month, officials said. The data breach occurred Dec. 1 and...

Pro-Russian hackers spread hoaxes to divide Ukraine, allies

May. 19, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

As Ukrainians flooded into Poland earlier this year to flee Russian invaders, a hacking group aligned with the Kremlin sought to spread rumors that criminal gangs were waiting to harvest the organs of child refugees. The network, known to cybersecurity experts as Ghostwriter,...

Albuquerque Asian-owned businesses getting boost in security

May. 16, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's Asian American community is testing a new way to bolster security for Asian-owned businesses in the wake of two deadly shootings. KOAT-TV reported Sunday that an Albuquerque start-up is trying out an online service that connects armed security...

Hired 'hackers' try, and fail, to invade Brazil vote system

May. 14, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — More than 20 would-be hackers gathered in the Brazilian electoral authority’s headquarters in the capital this week. Their mission: infiltrate the nation’s voting system ahead of a hotly anticipated race in October. Their 3-day battery of attempted...

4 ways to protect your small business from cyberattacks

May. 12, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have quickly adopted remote working and transitioned to new technologies, such as contactless payments and online ordering. Unfortunately, these adjustments have come with increased risks. According to a 2022 report from Barracuda, a...

State Bar notifies 1,300 people identified in data breach

May. 08, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The State Bar of California has begun notifying individuals whose names appeared in more than 322,000 confidential attorney discipline records published online in a massive data breach. The State Bar said Friday it will contact 1,300 complainants, witnesses or...

California moves to embrace cryptocurrency and regulate it

May. 04, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, which has a economy larger than all but four countries and where much of the world's technological innovation is born, on Wednesday became the first state to formally begin examining how to broadly adapt to cryptocurrency and related innovations. ...