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Payouts from insurance policies may fuel ransomware attacks

Sep. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The call came on a Saturday in July delivering grim news: Many of the computer systems serving the government of LaPorte County, Indiana, had been taken hostage with ransomware. The hackers demanded $250,000. No way, thought County Commission President Vidya Kora. But less than a week later,...

Security firm: Data breach exposes millions of Ecuadorians

Sep. 16, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Millions of Ecuadorians are at risk of identity theft because a security breach exposed a trove of data including names, phone numbers and birth dates, a cyber security firm said Monday. Researchers at vpnMentor said the problem stemmed from an unsecured server located in Miami that...

US and Poland sign agreement to cooperate on 5G technology

Sep. 2, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology as concerns grow about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Vice President Mike Pence and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki signed the deal in Warsaw, where Pence is filling in for President...

Operation indiscriminately infects iPhones with spyware

Aug. 30, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

Researchers say suspected nation-state hackers infected Apple iPhones with spyware over two years in what security experts on Friday called an alarming security failure for a company whose calling card is privacy. A mere visit to one of a small number of tainted websites could infect an iPhone with an implant...

Federal grand jury indicts woman in Capital One case

Aug. 29, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Amazon software engineer arrested last month on charges she hacked into Capital One bank and more than 30 different companies has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she not only broke into the company's computer system, but also stole computing power for her own...

Australia tries to curb foreign interference at universities

Aug. 28, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday that it has formed a task force to crack down on attempts by foreign governments to meddle in Australian universities. The move comes as concerns grow over Chinese influence at Australia's universities, where Chinese students are by far the largest...

School: Guard who wounded student was supposed to be unarmed

Aug. 27, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A private security guard who officials say accidentally wounded a student during a Colorado school shooting that left one teen dead wasn't supposed to be armed, an online news outlet reported. Emails obtained by The Colorado Sun show the suburban Denver charter school had requested an unarmed...

Reports say stolen Hy-Vee account information being sold

Aug. 24, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery chain says it's aware of reports that hacked customer account information is being sold online. The Des Moines Register was the first to report that credit and debit card information of some Hy-Vee customers is being sold on an internet site for $17 to $35...

Judge orders woman in Capital One case to remain in custody

Aug. 23, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday ordered a woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations to remain in custody pending trial because she is a flight risk and poses a physical danger to herself and others. At a hearing in Seattle, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Peterson said...

The Latest: Woman in Capital One case to stay in custody

Aug. 23, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a hearing involving a data breach at Capital One (all times local): 1 p.m. A U.S. judge says a woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk and a threat and must stay in custody. At a hearing Friday in Seattle, U.S. Magistrate Judge...