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Nigeria launches digital currency 'to drive economic growth'

Oct. 25, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has launched a digital currency which the Central Bank of Nigeria says is a "major step forward in the evolution of money” in Africa’s most populous country. President Muhammadu Buhari said at the launch Monday that the digital currency...

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins invests in Premier League club

Oct. 22, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

Three-time Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins spent his bye week building his portfolio. Jenkins, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Saints and Eagles, became a minority investor in the Premier League’s Burnley Football Club this week after touring historic Turf Moor...

PAC uses Missouri governor's attack on paper to raise money

Oct. 21, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A political action committee backing Republican Gov. Mike Parson is raising money with a new video highlighting his attacks on a Missouri newspaper that discovered a flaw in a state agency's cybersecurity and waited for it to be fixed before publishing a story. ...

Missouri budget officials outline $50M cost of data breach

Oct. 19, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Help for roughly 100,000 teachers whose Social Security numbers were made vulnerable in a massive state data breach could cost Missouri as much as $50 million, the governor's office confirmed Tuesday. The estimate includes the cost of credit...

As Bitcoin goes mainstream, Wall Street looks to cash in

Oct. 19, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Love cryptocurrencies or hate the very idea of them, they’re becoming more mainstream by the day. Cryptocurrencies have surged so much that their total value has reached nearly $2.5 trillion, rivaling the world's most valuable company, Apple, and have...

Sinclair hit by ransomware attack, TV stations disrupted

Oct. 18, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates dozens of TV stations across the U.S., said Monday that some of its servers and work stations were encrypted with ransomware and that data was stolen from its network. The company said it started investigating Saturday and on...

Data breach prompts review at Missouri teacher pension fund

Oct. 18, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the pension fund serving teachers and other public school employees in Missouri say they're reviewing safety protocols after a data breach last month. A notification on Friday from the Public School and Education Employee...

Missouri governor urged to appoint cybersecurity panel

Oct. 15, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

Three months after creation of a commission to identify cybersecurity risks in state government, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has yet to appoint any members. A state lawmaker said Friday that vulnerabilities exposed on a state website prove the need for just such a panel of experts. ...

Missouri gov slams paper for uncovering data security flaw

Oct. 14, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday condemned one of Missouri's largest newspapers for exposing a flaw in a state database that allowed public access to thousands of teachers' Social Security numbers, even though the paper held off from reporting about the...

Cyberattacks concerning to most in US: Pearson/AP-NORC poll

Oct. 11, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Most Americans across party lines have serious concerns about cyberattacks on U.S. computer systems and view China and Russia as major threats, according to a new poll. The poll by The Pearson Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for...