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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020 file photo, a worker wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus speaks on the phone near the Huawei logo in a store in Beijing. U.K. telecom companies won't be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday Nov. 30, 2020, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

UK to ban new Huawei gear installations after Sept

Nov. 30, 2020 5:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Wireless carriers in the U.K. won’t be allowed to install Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks after September 2021, the British government said Monday, hardening its line against the Chinese technology company. The deadline is part of a roadmap the British government is...

China's Xi congratulates Biden, hopes for 'win-win' ties

Nov. 25, 2020 10:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday and expressed hope for “win-win cooperation” amid conflicts over trade, technology and security that have plunged Sino-American relations to their lowest level in decades. Biden is widely...

A Home Depot store sign is visible from Route 102, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H.  Home Depot has reached a $17.5 million settlement with the attorney generals of most U.S. states over a 2014 data breach in which the payment card information of some 40 million customers was exposed. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office detailed the settlement in a statement Tuesday, Nov. 24.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Home Depot agrees to $17.5m settlement in 2014 data breach

Nov. 24, 2020 3:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Home Depot has reached a $17.5 million settlement with the attorney generals of 46 states and the District of Columbia over a 2014 data breach that exposed the payment card information of some 40 million customers. The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office detailed the settlement in...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a billboard advertising Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. British telecom companies face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under proposed legislation introduced in Parliament Tuesday Nov. 24, 2020, aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China's Huawei. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

Nov. 24, 2020 6:15 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don't comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China's Huawei. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security...

Manchester United and Arsenal players take part in a minute of silence as a soldier at left lays a wreath during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Arsenal at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (Shaun Botterill/Pool via AP)

Manchester United announces cyber attack, systems shut down

Nov. 20, 2020 5:56 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Cyber criminals have attacked Manchester United's systems, the English Premier League club said on Friday. The northwest English club said it was confident “critical systems” required for matches to be staged at Old Trafford are secure, ensuring the team can host...

Demonstrators wearing masks stage a protest by the National Assembly against the security bill in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. French lawmakers start debating Tuesday a security bill that would ban the publication of images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, a measure that provokes outrage from journalist organizations and rights campaigners. Banner reads, stop to the global security bill. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France mulls ban on police images, alarming rights defenders

Nov. 17, 2020 12:31 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers start debating a security bill Tuesday that would ban the publication of images of police officers with intent to cause them harm, a measure that has provoked outrage from journalist organizations and rights campaigners. Critics, including the United Nations, France’s...

A view of the offices of Vastaamo psychotherapy centre, in Pasila, Helsinki, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Finland’s interior minister has summoned key Cabinet members into an emergency meeting Sunday after hundreds of patient records at a private Finnish psychotherapy center were accessed by a hacker or hackers who are seeking ransom from clients. Finnish Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo tweeted on Sunday that authorities would “provide speedy crisis help to victims” of the security breach at the Vastaamo psychotherapy center, an incident she called “shocking and very serious.”   (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finland fast-tracks ID code law change after hacking case

Nov. 12, 2020 11:03 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The government of Finland said Thursday it was preparing legislation that would allow citizens to change their personal identity codes in cases of gross data breaches that carry a high risk of identity theft. The government’s fast-tracked proposal was designed primarily to...

Brazilian police investigate online hacking of high court

Nov. 5, 2020 5:40 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police opened an investigation into the hacking of computers at one of the country's high courts on Thursday. The head of Brazil's Superior Court of Justice, Humberto Martins, said all sessions have been suspended until experts assure that they are safe from hacking. The...

2020 Latest: Biden campaign willing to fight Trump in court

Nov. 4, 2020 7:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 4 a.m. Democrat Joe Biden's campaign says it will fight any efforts by President Donald Trump's campaign to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ballots from being tabulated. In a statement sent before 4 a.m. Wednesday, Biden...

FILE - This Thursday, June 14, 2018, file photo, shows the FBI seal at a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. In an alert Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, the FBI and other federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system that could lock up their information systems just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US health care system

Oct. 29, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals could unleash a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. health care system, an effort that, if successful, could paralyze hospital information systems just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. In a joint alert Wednesday,...