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Australia mulls tougher cybersecurity laws after data breach

Sep. 26, 2022 07:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Monday it is considering tougher cybersecurity rules for telecommunications companies and blamed Optus, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, for an unprecedented breach of personal data from 9.8 million customers. ...

Georgia voting equipment breach at center of tangled tale

Sep. 24, 2022 00:21 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The tale of breached voting equipment in one of the country's most important political battleground states involves a bail bondsman, a prominent attorney tied to former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and a cast of characters from a...

US allows tech firms to boost internet access in Iran

Sep. 23, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — American tech firms will be allowed to expand their business in Iran, where most internet access has been cut off in response to anti-government protests, the Treasury Department said Friday. Iran has been cracking down on demonstrators protesting the death of...

Hackers accessed data on some American Airlines customers

Sep. 20, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says personal information of a “very small number” of customers and employees was compromised after hackers breached some employee email accounts. There is no indication that the attackers have misused any of the personal information, the company...

Correction: Uber-Cybersecurity story

Sep. 17, 2022 10:56 AM EDT
In a story published September 16, 2022, about a major data breach at Uber, The Associated Press erroneously spelled a researcher’s first name. The researcher is Corben Leo, not Corbin.

Breaches of voting machine data raise worries for midterms

Sep. 16, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Sensitive voting system passwords posted online. Copies of confidential voting software available for download. Ballot-counting machines inspected by people not supposed to have access. The list of suspected security breaches at local election offices since the 2020...

Treasury recommends exploring creation of a digital dollar

Sep. 16, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving one step closer to developing a central bank digital currency, known as the digital dollar, saying it would help reinforce the U.S. role as a leader in the world financial system. The White House said on Friday that after...

Hacker claims to breach Uber, security researcher says

Sep. 16, 2022 02:04 AM EDT

Uber said Thursday that it reached out to law enforcement after a hacker apparently breached its network. A security engineer said the intruder provided evidence of obtaining access to crucial systems at the ride-hailing service. There was no indication that Uber’s fleet of...

Hacker claims to breach Uber, security researcher says

Sep. 16, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

Uber said Thursday that it reached out to law enforcement after a hacker apparently breached its network. A security engineer said the intruder had provided evidence of obtaining access to crucial cloud systems at the ride-hailing service. There was no indication that Uber's fleet of...

EXPLAINER: Ethereum is ditching its 'miners.' Why?

Sep. 15, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A complex software change to the cryptocurrency ethereum holds the potential to dramatically reduce its energy consumption — and resulting climate-related pollution. But the transition known as "the merge" is not going to do the trick by itself. With the...