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How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware

Apr. 16, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A global epidemic of digital extortion known as ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up. Law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it. One big reason:...

Biden names 2 ex-NSA officials for senior cyber positions

Apr. 12, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber jobs in his administration, the White House said Monday in moving to fill out a team whose role has grown more urgent after two major hacks that have consumed the...

New autopsy finds Kansas Black man's 2004 death was homicide

Apr. 05, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The case of a Black man who died following a party in rural Kansas more than 16 years ago has been ruled a homicide after his body was exhumed as federal authorities investigate his death as a possible hate crime. The Federal Bureau of...

US shuts once-secret Guantanamo prison unit, moves prisoners

Apr. 04, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A once-secret unit within the Guantanamo Bay detention center that had fallen into disrepair has been closed and the prisoners moved to another facility on the American base in Cuba, the U.S. military said Sunday. The prisoners at Camp 7 were...

Analyst pleads to leaking secrets about drone program

Mar. 31, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Air Force intelligence analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter about military drone strikes against al-Qaida and other terrorist targets. The guilty plea from Daniel Hale, 33, of Nashville,...

Afghan group probes reports of 20 civilians killed in Khost

Mar. 29, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A human rights group in Afghanistan said Monday it was probing a shooting last week in which CIA-trained Afghan forces reportedly killed 20 civilians during an anti-Taliban operation in eastern Khost province. The development comes as...

General says attacks by foreign hackers are 'clarion call'

Mar. 25, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Cyber Command conducted more than two dozen operations aimed at thwarting interference in last November's presidential election, the general who leads the Pentagon's cyber force said Thursday. Gen. Paul Nakasone did not describe the nature of...

FBI probes toxic powder mailed to county officials in Kansas

Mar. 23, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal terrorism task force is investigating after mail laced with a dangerous toxin was sent to a Sedgwick County government office, causing coughing and skin irritation for four employees and forcing several to undergo decontamination. The...

Huawei lawyer challenges cop claim he didn't share with FBI

Mar. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The refusal of a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer to testify at an extradition hearing for a senior executive for Chinese communication giant Huawei is “unprecedented” and should bring into doubt the credibility of his written affidavit...

AP sources: Iran threatens US Army post and top general

Mar. 21, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

Iran has made threats against Fort McNair, an Army post in the U.S. capital, and against the Army’s vice chief of staff, two senior U.S. intelligence officials said. They said communications intercepted by the National Security Agency in January showed that Iran’s...