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Facebook rebuffs US AG over access to encrypted messages

Dec. 10, 2019 4:36 PM EST

Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on...

California utility says customer data may have been stolen

Dec. 9, 2019 4:36 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A California water utility says customer information may have been exposed through unauthorized access to a computer server used to process payments. The San Bernardino Sun reported a vendor for the Cucamonga Valley Water District found that a server handling credit card...

California utility says customer data may have been stolen

Dec. 9, 2019 4:20 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A California water utility says customer information may have been exposed through unauthorized access to a computer server used to process payments. The San Bernardino Sun reported a vendor for the Cucamonga Valley Water District found that a server handling credit card...

Town restores computer network after ransomware attack

Dec. 9, 2019 4:05 PM EST

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town is restoring access to parts of its municipal computer network following a ransomware attack. About 75% of East Greenwich's computer servers were infected with encryption Thursday afternoon, said Town Manager Andrew Nota. Nota told The Providence Journal that...

India says Kashmir improving but restrictions stay

Nov. 20, 2019 3:52 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s home minister said Wednesday that normalcy has returned in most areas in Indian-controlled Kashmir but the detention of politicians and the blockade of the internet and social media were continuing because of security concerns. Home Minister Amit Shah said offices and...

Bristol schools up security in face of online threat

Nov. 19, 2019 6:19 AM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Schools in Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, upped security after a vague threat about bringing a gun to a Bristol school was posted online over the weekend. Bristol, Virginia, police Sgt. Steve Crawford tells news outlets the threat was posted on Snapchat by an area middle...

Chief: Breach may have compromised police officers’ data

Nov. 16, 2019 5:20 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Officials say a possible data breach may have compromised the personal information of more than 500 employees of a Virginia police department. Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. told the Washington Post that he doesn’t have any reports that officers’ personal...

Future of Ohio Bitcoin program, deemed illegal, in limbo

Nov. 13, 2019 6:06 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Resuming Ohio's attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state's top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost found then-Treasurer Josh Mandel skirted state law...

Army's use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed...

The Latest: EU asks UK to name commissioner even temporarily

Nov. 12, 2019 7:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Dec. 12 election and the country's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Even though the British government desperately wants to leave the EU, the bloc itself desperately wants a new U.K. Commissioner on its executive team, even if...