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Computer programmer admits role in Kansas cyberattack threat

Oct. 21, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a computer software engineer has admitted threatening cyberattacks against websites that criticized a Wichita attorney's work. VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of making extortionate threats via the internet. The...

Georgia county's experience shows perils of ransomware

Oct. 21, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

JEFFERSON, Ga. (AP) — On the first Saturday in March, computer screens at the 911 dispatch center in this small town went dark. Staff at the county jail around the same time could no longer open cell doors remotely with electronic controls, and sheriff's deputies lost the use of their laptops to look up...

Health system alerts some customers to data breach

Oct. 20, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A health system that serves western North Carolina has contacted an undisclosed number of people about a data breach involving its e-commerce website. The Citizen-Times reports Mission Health said it recently "identified and addressed" a security incident involving information...

The top 10 books on Apple Books-US

Oct. 15, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

Apple Book charts for week ending October 13, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher) 1. What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand - 9780316435567 - (Little, Brown and Company) 2. The 19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro - 9780316494021 - (Little, Brown and Company) 3. Lethal...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Oct. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

App Store Official Charts for the week ending October 13, 2019: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Incredibox, So Far So Good 4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 6. iSchedule, HotSchedules 7. NBA 2K20, 2K 8. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd. 9. Geometry Dash,...

Wichita lawyer spared from prison for role in cyberattacks

Oct. 15, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita lawyer has admitted to paying a software engineer who launched cyberattacks on websites that criticized the attorney's work. Court filings show 63-year-old Bradley A. Pistotnik pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of being an accessory after the fact to online extortion...

Facial recognition technology focus of Detroit forum

Oct. 14, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit city council member is hosting a community forum on the use of facial-recognition technology by police. The event by Roy McCalister Jr. is planned for Thursday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall in Detroit. It is expected to focus on how the software will...

Hospitals resume accepting patients after malware attack

Oct. 11, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama hospital chain that quit accepting new patients after a malware attack crippled computer systems said it has resumed normal operations after paying a ransom demand. The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette...

Apple has a lot to lose if it crosses China's party bosses

Oct. 10, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. And it has made it harder to find an emoji representing the...

Software engineer to change plea in Kansas cyberattack case

Oct. 10, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A computer software engineer accused of plotting cyberattacks on websites criticizing a Wichita attorney's work has notified the court he plans to change his plea. A docket notation on Wednesday in U.S. District Court says VIRAL Artificial Intelligence co-founder David Dorsett is set...