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Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange's Karpeles avoids jail time in Japan

Mar. 15, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Mark Karpeles, who headed Mt. Gox, a Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange that went bankrupt after a massive hacking, was found guilty Friday of manipulating electronic data but cleared of embezzlement and breach of trust charges. The Tokyo District Court handed down a prison sentence of two years and...

US warns of sophisticated cyberattacks from Russia, China

Mar. 13, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyberattacks from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are increasingly sophisticated and, until recently, were done with little concern for the consequences, the top Pentagon cyber leaders told a congressional committee on Wednesday. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command,...

AP Explains: What Facebook's 'privacy vision' really means

Mar. 9, 2019 6:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg's abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new "privacy vision " for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach test. Looked at one way, the manifesto read as an apology of sorts for Facebook's history of privacy transgressions, and suggested that the social network...

Former Equifax executive pleads guilty to insider trading

Mar. 7, 2019 5:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Equifax executive who sold shares for nearly $1 million a week and a half before the company announced a massive data breach pleaded guilty Thursday in Atlanta to a federal insider trading charge. Jun Ying, 43, exercised all his available stock options before making the sale and...

Can Zuckerberg really make a privacy-friendly Facebook?

Mar. 7, 2019 4:37 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After building a social network that turned into a surveillance system, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's shifting his company's focus to messaging services designed to serve as fortresses of privacy. Instead of just being the network that connects everyone, Facebook wants to...

Germany to require suppliers of 5G networks be 'trustworthy'

Mar. 7, 2019 2:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities published a list of security requirements for telecoms networks Thursday, amid concerns about the possible involvement of China's Huawei in future 5G infrastructure. The United States has been lobbying for allied countries and companies to block Huawei from providing...

Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

Mar. 6, 2019 9:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in privacy-oriented messaging that Facebook itself can't read. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, announced the shift in a...

Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

Mar. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S. allegations that its equipment poses a national security risk. Company executives inaugurated the Huawei Cyber...

Russia's ex-cybersecurity chief gets 22 sentence in jail

Feb. 26, 2019 7:38 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian military court convicted a former senior counterintelligence officer and a cybersecurity firm executive of treason Tuesday, concluding a case that initially aroused speculation of a manufactured effort to punish the source of leaks about Russian campaign hacking. Moscow's District...

Online threat targets student event with Muslim journalist

Feb. 26, 2019 10:39 AM EST

WINGATE, N.C. (AP) — An online threat prompted heightened security after a North Carolina university's Muslim Students Association invited a journalist to campus. News outlets report the group at Wingate University advertised an event featuring journalist Noor Tagouri on its Facebook page. The Council on...