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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The bureau says it has developed two secure data-collection systems, so that if one goes down during the census count, the other can substitute. Other mechanisms are in place to prevent failure and backup plans in case the worst happens. “All systems are go,

Shift to digital census raises fear of Iowa-like breakdown

Feb. 15, 2020 9:07 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are high when a major civic exercise involves a large population, new technology that has not been thoroughly tested and an entire country waiting on the results. Just ask the organizers of the Iowa caucuses, which offered a cautionary tale on the technological woes that...

MIT: Hackers could alter ballots in widely used voting app

Feb. 13, 2020 4:39 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An internet voting app that has been used in pilots in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah has vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to change a person's vote without detection, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The analysis of the Voatz...

Ex-Navy Yard worker to serve 6 months for lying to FBI

Feb. 13, 2020 2:45 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former Philadelphia Navy Yard worker on Thursday to six months in prison for lying to the FBI about his ties to a white nationalist group in order to obtain security clearance. Federal authorities said Fred C. Arena, 42, lied on his application for a national...

From left, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm, Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, Attorney General William Barr, Assistant Attorney General John Demers, and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung

Equifax hack highlights China interest in U.S. personal data

Feb. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In 2014, the Obama administration accused five Chinese military agents of targeting Pittsburgh-area industrial companies including Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa and U.S. Steel. Since then, the number of companies allegedly targeted by Chinese hackers has only grown. Chinese President Xi...

FILE- This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among the billions of Facebook users who use the site to keep up with friends. And like millions of others, the three men shared their own photographs and were

Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal

Feb. 9, 2020 10:54 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition technology. It was their Illinois addresses, though,...

News groups protest govt. limits on use of economic data

Feb. 4, 2020 4:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and four other news organizations on Tuesday urged the Labor Department to reverse its decision last month to restrict news agencies' use of economic data. In a joint letter, the AP, Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, Market News and Reuters asserted that the changes the...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa. Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites. The technology is intended to make counting easier, but that raises concerns of hacking or glitches. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

The Latest: Dems say delay due to coding error, results soon

Feb. 4, 2020 9:52 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses (all times local): 8:45 a.m. The Iowa Democratic Party says delays in reporting the outcome of Monday's caucuses were due to a coding issue that has been fixed. The party says it hopes to release results “as soon as...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, buttons his jacket after holding a joint news conference with Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

Pompeo message in Europe, Central Asia trip: Beware of China

Feb. 4, 2020 12:29 AM EST

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — The countries Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited on a five nation-tour over the last week varied from longtime ally Britain to ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia. But the message he conveyed to his hosts stayed the same: Beware of China. In his trip to Europe and Central...

Mobile network phone masts are visible in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The Chinese tech firm Huawei has been designated a

EU stops short of recommending ban on China's Huawei

Jan. 29, 2020 11:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled security guidelines for next generation high-speed wireless networks that stop short of calling for a ban on Huawei, in the latest setback for the U.S. campaign against the Chinese tech company. The EU's executive Commission on Wednesday outlined a set of strategic...

NFL dealing with social media hackers during Super Bowl week

Jan. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The NFL has been dealing with hackers, not someone trying to peak into the league's records or team playbooks. The hackers apparently attacked social media accounts for the league and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The NFL said Tuesday that its...