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China envoy says Australia fired first shot with Huawei ban

Jun. 24, 2022 05:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia had fired the “first shot” in its deteriorating relations with China four years ago when the then-government banned Chinese-owned telecommunications giant Huawei from rolling out the country’s 5G network due to security concerns, a Chinese ambassador...

Bitcoin drops below $20,000 as crypto selloff quickens

Jun. 18, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin fell below the psychologically important threshold of $20,000 on Saturday for the first time since late 2020, in a fresh sign that the selloff in cryptocurrencies is deepening. The price of the most popular cryptocurrency had plunged as much as 9.7% to less...

Avera Health data breach affects 700 patients

Jun. 14, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The private information of hundreds of patients at a Sioux Falls-based health care system have been compromised, according to the provider. Avera Health says a data breach allowed someone to obtain the personal information of about 700 patients who...

Cybersecurity courses ramp up amid shortage of professionals

Jun. 11, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The pressure was on. Someone, somewhere, was attacking computer systems so customers couldn’t reach certain websites. In a windowless room in Denver, Zack Privette had worked all morning with his security team to figure out what the cyber strangers were up to. ...

Data breach at health care organization may affect 2 million

Jun. 08, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A digital attack on a Massachusetts-based health care organization may have compromised the personal information of as many as 2 million people, officials said. Shields Health Care Group Inc., which provides imaging and ambulatory surgical services at dozens of...

Bank of Jamaica to launch nationwide digital currency

Jun. 07, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Bank of Jamaica is preparing to issue a nationwide digital currency for the first time in its history following recent approval from legislators. The move is expected to help many on the island of nearly 3 million who don’t have bank accounts,...

Digital currencies flow to campaigns, but state rules vary

Jun. 05, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

For congressional candidate Shrina Kurani, cryptocurrency is not only the future of money, it’s a transformative technology that could revolutionize campaign funding and attract a new generation of voters. She is among a vanguard of candidates courting campaign contributions in...

Landmark bill to limit cryptomining passes NY Legislature

Jun. 03, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have passed a milestone environmental measure designed to tap the brakes on the spread of cryptocurrency mining operations that burn fossil fuels. Both supporters and opponents say that the closely watched bill, approved early Friday by the...

NFT insider trading scheme charges are a 1st, feds say

Jun. 01, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former product manager at an online marketplace was arrested Wednesday in what federal authorities called the first ever digital asset insider trading scheme involving NFTs. Nathaniel Chastain, a former employee of a company that does business as OpenSea, was...

EXPLAINER: Social media and the Texas shooter's messages

May. 26, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

Could technology companies have monitored ominous messages made by a gunman who Texas authorities say massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school? Could they have warned the authorities? Answers to these questions remain unclear, in part because official...