Latest Computer and data security News

Real estate title firm's lapse exposes data in 885M files

May. 25, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A security lapse at a major real estate title company exposed the bank account numbers and other sensitive information contained in 885 million files. First American Financial confirmed the problem Friday after it was reported by the blog Krebs On Security . A flaw in an internet...

Indonesia security minister says authorities will block social media in certain areas as election protests rock capital

May. 22, 2019 2:46 AM EDT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia security minister says authorities will block social media in certain areas as election protests rock capital.

High-tech Estonia votes online for European Parliament

May. 20, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that it is the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election, and...

Economic sanctions on Huawei could backfire on US firms

May. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

The Trump administration's decision to restrict all U.S. technology sales to Chinese telecommunications powerhouse Huawei for national security reasons doesn't just up the ante in the China trade war. It's also bound to hurt U.S. suppliers and accelerate Beijing's drive toward greater technological independence....

New security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions

May. 14, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world. The bug is embedded in the architecture of computer hardware, and it can't be fully fixed. "With a large enough data sample, time or control of the target system's...

Google opens German center to improve data privacy

May. 14, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google opened a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials as tech companies' face growing scrutiny of their data collection practices. CEO Sundar Pichai said the Silicon Valley tech giant is expanding its...

Can fines rein in Big Tech? Privacy regulators spur a debate

May. 8, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As they negotiate a record fine against Facebook, federal privacy regulators sparked a debate in Congress Wednesday over how effective such penalties can be in preventing future abuses by big companies. Members of a House consumer protection subcommittee also gave a sympathetic hearing to...

Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections

May. 6, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

Microsoft has announced an ambitious effort to make voting secure, verifiable and subject to reliable audits by registering ballots in encrypted form so they can be accurately and independently tracked long after they are cast. Two of the three top U.S elections vendors have expressed interest in potentially...

Liz Weston: Is better credit worth exposing your bank data?

May. 6, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

America's credit bureaus haven't exactly covered themselves in glory when it comes to protecting your private data. So you might well be skeptical about two new credit-enhancing products that require not just credit information but also access to your bank accounts. Experian and credit scoring company FICO...

2020 campaign staffers being trained to handle cyber threats

May. 3, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While candidates were focused on campaigning in 2016, Russians were carrying out a devastating cyber operation that changed the landscape of American politics, with aftershocks continuing well into Donald Trump's presidency. And it all started with the click of a tempting email and a...