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Collins Dictionary picks NFT as word of the year 2021

Nov. 24, 2021 12:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Collins Dictionary has chosen the term NFT as its word of the year after surging interest in the digital tokens that can sell for millions of dollars brought it into the mainstream. NFT is short for non-fungible token. Collins defines it as “a unique...

Interpol adopts resolution to fight online child abuse

Nov. 24, 2021 12:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Interpol member countries are calling on nations to urge local online end-to-end encryption providers “to take responsibility” and design products with the aim of protecting children against abuse, the international policing body said Wednesday. A...

Charities see more crypto donations. Who is benefiting?

Nov. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EST

As the biggest cryptocurrencies flirt with record high values, they're increasingly becoming bigger sources of revenue for charities. However, the number of charities accepting the virtual currencies, known for their volatility, remains limited. Bitcoin, the world's...

From cryptocurrency to cash: Ways to bank your digital coin

Nov. 10, 2021 07:01 AM EST

Cryptocurrency, the blockchain-based digital currency that has captured the interest of investors and financial service firms alike, has a challenging problem. It can be hard to actually spend this currency like you would regular money. But there are new services on the horizon that could...

Robinhood hit by data breach exposing users' emails, names

Nov. 08, 2021 17:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Popular investing app Robinhood said Monday that it suffered a security breach last week where hackers accessed some personal information for roughly 7 million users and demanded a ransom payment. The online trading platform said that it believes no...

Former professor pleads guilty to possessing child porn

Nov. 06, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A former professor and dean at Georgia State University has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors said. Daniel Deocampo, 48, had videos and images of children as young as 5 years old engaging in sexually explicit conduct,...

South Carolina man convicted in pandemic relief fraud case

Nov. 05, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been convicted of wire fraud and money laundering for lying on applications to secure more than $1.8 million in federal pandemic relief loans. Jeffrey Gossett of Greer pleaded guilty Wednesday to the felony charges,...

The AP Interview: Justice Dept. conducting cyber crackdown

Nov. 04, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping up actions to combat ransomware and cybercrime through arrests and other actions, its No. 2 official told The Associated Press, as the Biden administration escalates its response to what it regards as an urgent economic and national...

After security flaw found, Missouri hires data breach group

Nov. 01, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two weeks after a newspaper discovered a security flaw on a state website, Gov. Mike Parson's administration has hired a company that performs data breach and credit monitoring services. The state signed a contract last week with Identity...

Shiba Inu passes Dogecoin as top "dog" in cryptocurrency

Nov. 01, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Cryptocurrency has officially gone to the dogs. The recent trading frenzy over a digital token called Shiba Inu — commonly billed as a “meme” or joke coin — has vaulted the canine-themed cryptocurrency into the top ten most valuable...