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FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter says the hackers responsible for a recent high-profile breach used the phone to fool the social media company's employees into giving them access. The company revealed a few more details late Thursday, July 30, 2020 about the hack earlier this month, which it said targeted “a small number of employees through a phone spear phishing attack.”  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Florida teen arrested as mastermind of Twitter hack

Aug. 1, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida teen was identified Friday as the mastermind of a scheme earlier this month that commandeered Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls and scammed people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. Two other men were also charged in the...

First-ever EU cyber sanctions hit Russian, Chinese, NKoreans

Jul. 30, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed its first-ever sanctions over cyberattacks, slapping them on alleged Russian military agents, Chinese cyber spies and organizations including a North Korean firm. The six people and three groups hit with sanctions include Russia’s GRU military...

Catalan separatists sue Spain’s ex-spy chief over phone hack

Jul. 30, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two Catalan separatist politicians filed a lawsuit Thursday against the former head of Spain’s intelligence agency and an Israeli technology company for allegedly trying to hack their cell phones. Roger Torrent, the speaker of Catalonia’s regional parliament, and...

FILE - A file photo of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, taken on April 10, 2020. According to U.S.-based monitoring group Recorded Future, the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Vatican allegedly hacked by China ahead of key talks

Jul. 29, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group. The alleged attacks by...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington. The Justice Department has accused two Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of trade secrets from companies across the world and more recently targeting firms developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. Officials expected to discuss the indictment at a news conference Tuesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US accuses Chinese hackers in targeting of COVID-19 research

Jul. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers working with the Chinese government targeted firms developing vaccines for the coronavirus and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets from companies across the world, the Justice Department said Tuesday as it announced criminal...

FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 6, 2013, file photo, the Twitter logo appears on an updated phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of world leaders, celebrities and tech moguls in one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, highlighting a major flaw with the service millions of people have come to rely on as an essential communications tool. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter: Hack hit 130 accounts, company 'embarrassed'

Jul. 19, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twitter says the hack that compromised the accounts of some of its most high-profile users targeted 130 people. The hackers were able to reset the passwords of 45 of those accounts. The San Francisco=based company said in a blog post Saturday that for up to eight of these accounts...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on Thursday July 16, 2020, of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Russia is hacking virus vaccine trials, US, UK, Canada say

Jul. 17, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western governments on Thursday accused hackers believed to be part of Russian intelligence of trying to steal valuable private information about a coronavirus vaccine, calling out the Kremlin in an unusually detailed public warning to scientists and medical companies. The alleged culprit...

FILE - This April 3, 2013, file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in an apparent Bitcoin scam. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust

Jul. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A breach in Twitter’s security that allowed hackers to break into the accounts of leaders and technology moguls is one of the worst attacks in recent years and may shake trust in a platform politicians and CEOs use to communicate with the public, experts said Thursday. The FBI said...

FILE - This April 3, 2013, file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in an apparent Bitcoin scam. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Biden, Gates, other Twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam

Jul. 15, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday in an apparent Bitcoin scam. The ruse included bogus tweets from former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech...

The leader of the ruling SDSM party Zoran Zaev speaks after his victory at the North Macedonia general election, in Skopje, early Tuesday, July 16, 2020. A suspected hacking attack caused the site of North Macedonia's electoral commission to crash for hours after polls closed in the country's national elections Wednesday, delaying preliminary results that showed the Social Democrats narrowly leading the center-right opposition.(AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Pro-Western party claims victory in North Macedonia election

Jul. 15, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A suspected hacking attack caused the site of North Macedonia’s electoral commission to crash for hours after polls closed in national elections Wednesday, delaying preliminary results that showed the pro-Western Social Democrats narrowly leading the center-right...