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Cybersecurity labeling for smart devices aims to help people choose items less likely to be hacked

May. 22, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer labels designed to help Americans pick smart devices that are less vulnerable to hacking could begin appearing on products before the holiday shopping season, federal officials said Wednesday. Under the new U.S. Cyber Trust Mark Initiative, manufacturers...

US says cyberattacks against water supplies are rising, and utilities need to do more to stop them

May. 20, 2024 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and more severe, the Environmental Protection Agency warned Monday as it issued an enforcement alert urging water systems to take immediate actions to protect the nation's drinking water. ...

EPA warns cyberattacks against water utilities more frequent and severe, urges steps to protect nation's drinking water

May. 20, 2024 14:36 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — EPA warns cyberattacks against water utilities more frequent and severe, urges steps to protect nation's drinking water.

2 journalists in detention in Tunisia as authorities launch wave of arrests against critics

May. 15, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Two journalists were kept under detention in Tunisia on Wednesday, following a raft of arrests targeting government critics including lawyers and the press that has drawn concern from the country's international allies. Authorities in the north African...

The UK says a huge payroll data breach by a 'malign actor' has exposed details of military personnel

May. 07, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The names and bank details of thousands of serving British soldiers, sailors and air force members have been exposed in a data breach by a “malign actor” who may have had state help, defense officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Defense said the breach occurred...

French cyberwarriors ready to test their defense against hackers and malware during the Olympics

May. 03, 2024 15:27 PM EDT

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Just like the Olympic athletes, the cyberwarriors that will be crucial for the success of the Paris Games are deep into training for the big event. They have turned to friendly hackers to probe their cyberdefenses, like boxers who use sparring partners to...

Vendor that mishandled Pennsylvania virus data to pay $2.7 million in federal whistleblower case

May. 01, 2024 16:34 PM EDT

A large staffing firm that performed COVID-19 contact tracing for Pennsylvania and exposed the private medical information of about 72,000 residents will pay $2.7 million in a settlement with the Justice Department and a company whistleblower, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. ...

Change Healthcare cyberattack was due to a lack of multifactor authentication, UnitedHealth CEO says

May. 01, 2024 16:02 PM EDT

The Change Healthcare cyberattack that disrupted health care systems nationwide earlier this year started when hackers entered a server that lacked a basic form of security: multifactor authentication. UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty said Wednesday in a U.S. Senate hearing that his...

Finnish hacker imprisoned for accessing thousands of psychotherapy records and demanding ransoms

Apr. 30, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish court on Tuesday sentenced a 26-year-old man to six years and three months in prison for hacking tens of thousands of patient records at a private psychotherapy center and seeking ransom from some patients over the sensitive data. The case that was...

Cyberattacks are on the rise, and that includes small businesses. Here's what to know

Apr. 23, 2024 18:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cyberattacks on businesses are rising, including small businesses. It's a troubling trend because a breach can be very costly and time consuming if owners don't have a plan to deal with one. According to the Verizon 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report, the median...