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Maine to allow online voter registration in November 2023

Jul. 23, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents soon will be able to register to vote via a secure online portal. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, has signed a proposal passed by the Maine Legislature that proponents said will expand voting access. Democratic Rep. Teresa Pierce...

Morocco denies using spyware to target French officials

Jul. 21, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s government is denying reports that the country's security forces may have used spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to eavesdrop on the cellphones of France’s president and other public figures. On Wednesday, the public prosecutor’s...

Pennsylvania defends new, no-bid deal for contact tracing

Jul. 21, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials on Wednesday defended their decision to award another no-bid deal for COVID-19 contact tracing after a serious data breach involving the state’s previous vendor, calling it an urgent priority with cases rising and schools preparing to...

Virginia Tech says it was targeted in 2 recent cyberattacks

Jul. 17, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech says it was targeted in two recent cyberattacks but feels confident no data was stolen. Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski told the Roanoke Times Friday a few university units used Kaseya, a U.S. software company exploited in...

China announces on-site Didi cybersecurity investigation

Jul. 16, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's cyber-watchdog on Friday announced an on-site cybersecurity investigation of ride-hailing service Didi, stepping up scrutiny after earlier criticism of its handling of customer information caused the company’s New York-traded shares to tumble. ...

China tightens control over cybersecurity in data crackdown

Jul. 13, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Tech experts in China who find a weakness in computer security would be required to tell the government and couldn’t sell that knowledge under rules further tightening the Communist Party’s control over information. The rules would ban private sector...

'Network security incident' shuts down Joplin city computers

Jul. 08, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Law enforcement officers and a cybersecurity firm have been called in to investigate a “network security incident” that caused Joplin city government's computer system to shut down, officials said Thursday. The computer problem was discovered...

China tries to quell investor fears about internet companies

Jul. 08, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government tried Thursday to quell investor fears about tighter controls on internet companies that caused share prices to plunge, saying Beijing supports their growth. Regulators are reviewing data security “in accordance with the law, with...

Israeli president given NFT of father's oath of office

Jul. 08, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament has hopped on latest trend in digital artwork and presented the country's new president with a digital copy of his father's signed oath of office from 38 years earlier. The Knesset presented Isaac Herzog with the NFT ahead of his ...

Biden: US damage appears minimal in big ransomware attack

Jul. 06, 2021 22:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that damage to U.S. businesses in the biggest ransomware attack on record appears minimal, though information remained incomplete. The company whose software was exploited said fewer than 1,500 businesses worldwide appeared compromised but...