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Security flaw found in 2G mobile data encryption standard

Jun. 16, 2021 04:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Cybersecurity researchers in Europe say they have discovered a flaw in an encryption algorithm used by cellphones that may have allowed attackers to eavesdrop on some data traffic for more than two decades. In a paper published Wednesday, researchers from...

Critical entities targeted in suspected Chinese cyber spying

Jun. 15, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A cyberespionage campaign blamed on China was more sweeping than previously known, with suspected state-backed hackers exploiting a device meant to boost internet security to penetrate the computers of critical U.S. entities. The hack of Pulse...

Company executive faces charge in hospital cyberattack

Jun. 12, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A network security company executive has made an initial court appearance on charges stemming from a 2018 cyberattack on a hospital in Georgia, federal authorities said. Vikas Singla has been arraigned on 17 counts of intentional damage to a protected...

McDonald's latest company to be hit by a data breach

Jun. 11, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

McDonald's has become the latest company to be hit by a data breach after unauthorized activity on its network exposed the personal data of some customers in South Korea and Taiwan. McDonald's Corp. said Friday that it quickly identified and contained the incident and...

At El Salvador's Bitcoin Beach, a glimpse of crypto economy

Jun. 11, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

EL ZONTE, El Salvador (AP) — After El Salvador’s congress made the bitcoin legal tender this week, eyes turned to this rural fishing village on the Pacific coast. Known to surfers for its pounding waves, El Zonte has had the cryptocurrency in its economy for the past year. ...

Ex-Kansas Gov. Colyer riled by disclosure of personal data

Jun. 10, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer says a Kansas county election office isn’t doing enough to protect him after it accidentally disclosed his Social Security number to a political research firm this spring. Colyer is running for governor in 2022,...

Own an Echo? Amazon may be helping itself to your bandwidth

Jun. 10, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Do you own an Amazon smart device? If so, odds are good that the company is already sharing your internet connection with your neighbors unless you've specifically told it not to. On Tuesday, the company launched a program that...

US drops Trump order targeting TikTok, plans its own review

Jun. 09, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House dropped Trump-era executive orders intended to ban the popular apps TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks with software applications tied to China, officials said Wednesday. A new...

El Salvador makes Bitcoin legal tender

Jun. 09, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first nation to do so, just days after President Nayib Bukele made the proposal at a Bitcoin conference. The...

FBI working with Des Moines college on data security breach

Jun. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The FBI is now working with the Des Moines Area Community College on a data security breach that has led to days of the school being shut down. The security incident closed the college on Friday and forced it to partially shut down its computer...