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October 20, 2017
Google to offer stepped-up security for 'high risk' users
Washington (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Google said Tuesday it would offer stronger online security for "high risk" users who may be frequent targets of online attacks. The US technology titan said anyone with a personal Google account can enroll in the new "advanced protection," while noting that it will require users to "trade off a bit of convenience" for extra security. "We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks," said a Google secur ... read more

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Kaspersky in focus as US-Russia cyber-tensions rise
The security software firm Kaspersky has become the focal point in an escalating conflict in cyberspace between the United States and Russia. ... more
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Chinese social media block profile pic changes during congress
Chinese tech companies have prevented social media users from changing profile pictures and user names amid heightened security as a key Communist Party conclave opened Wednesday in Beijing. ... more
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Facebook 'context' button is latest effort to fight fake news
Facebook said Thursday it was testing a new "button" to allow users to get more context about a news source, in the latest move by the leading social network to curb misinformation. ... more
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Engility to help protect DOD technology networks
The U.S. Department of Defense has contracted Engility Holdings to help safeguard acquisition programs and technologies from foreign exploitation. ... more
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Equifax raises breach victim number to 145.5 million
Equifax said Monday an investigation into the massive data breach at the credit agency discovered 2.5 million additional potential victims, bringing the total to 145.5 million. ... more
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Aircraft cyber-defense capabilities on BAE drawing board
BAE Systems reports it is developing cyber-defense capabilities to help aircraft detect and mitigate cyber-attacks. ... more
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US reviewing better tech identifiers after hacks: Trump aide
US officials are studying ways to end the use of social security numbers for identification following a series of data breaches compromising the data for millions of Americans, a Trump administration official said Tuesday. ... more
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Hacking the election: security flaws need fixing, researchers say
Hackers could have easily infiltrated US voting machines in 2016 and are likely to try again in light of vulnerabilities in electronic polling systems, a group of researchers said Tuesday. ... more

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Ransomware attacks 'global epidemic', says Europol
An "epidemic" has erupted in global ransomware attacks, taking over computers as well as internet-linked devices like routers and CCTV cameras to turn them into tools for criminals, Europe's police agency said Wednesday. ... more
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Twitter reveals Russia-backed ads ahead of US election
Twitter on Thursday revealed that nearly 2,000 ads were placed on the messaging service in 2016 by a Russian media group suspected of trying to interfere with the US presidential election. ... more
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Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada
Chelsea Manning, a former American soldier jailed for leaking troves of classified information, said Monday that she was banned from entering Canada due to criminal convictions in the United States. ... more
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China fines tech firms over online content
China has fined several of the country's biggest technology firms for failing to remove illegal online content as the authorities intensify their policing of the internet. ... more
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Equifax CEO steps down in wake of massive hack
Equifax chief executive and chairman Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday in the wake of a massive hack of the consumer credit rating service. ... more
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Saudi Arabia to unblock internet calling apps
Saudi Arabia will lift its ban on internet calling applications on Wednesday, authorities said, easing restrictions online as the conservative kingdom faces new criticism over censorship. ... more
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China disrupts WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting
Chinese authorities appear to have severely disrupted the WhatsApp messaging app in the latest step to tighten censorship as they prepare for a major Communist Party congress next month. ... more
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Hack of US regulator a blow to confidence in financial system
The hack disclosed at the US Securities and Exchange Commission deals a fresh blow to confidence in the security of the financial system weeks after news of a potentially catastrophic breach at a major US credit bureau. ... more

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Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza
When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza. ... more
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Equifax executives step down after major hack
Equifax said Friday that two executives entrusted with watching over its computers are retiring, their departures coming after its maligned handling of a major hack at the credit reporting agency. ... more
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EU defence ministers put to test in mock cyberattack
A major cyberattack targets European Union military structures, with hackers using social media and "fake news" to spread confusion, and governments are left scrambling to respond as the crisis escalates. ... more
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Massive bureau hack raises troubling questions
It could be the worst-ever data breach for American consumers, exposing some of the most sensitive data for a vast number of US households. ... more
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Israel Aerospace develops signals intelligence center
An automated signals intelligence center by Israel Aerospace Industries has achieved phase I operational capability with an undisclosed customer, IAI reports. ... more
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High-dimensional quantum encryption performed in real-world city conditions for first time
For the first time, researchers have sent a quantum-secured message containing more than one bit of information per photon through the air above a city. The demonstration showed that it could one da ... more
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Chinese national charged with US hacking
The FBI has charged a Chinese national with using malicious software widely linked to a devastating hack of government databases that saw the personal information of millions of federal workers and contractors stolen. ... more
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US creates separate unified cyber warfare command; National Guard activates cyber-security task force
President Donald Trump ordered the US military on Friday to elevate its cyber warfare operations to a separate command, signaling a new strategic emphasis on electronic and online offensive and defensive operations. ... more
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