Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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Lavabit developer has a new encrypted, end-to-end email protocol

The developer behind Lavabit, an email service that noted leaker Edward Snowden used, is releasing source code for an open-source end-to-end encrypted email standard that promises surveillance-proof messaging.

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Spanish police nab suspected hacker behind Neverquest banking malware

Spanish police have arrested a suspected Russian hacker of developing the Neverquest banking Trojan, a malware targeting financial institutions across the world.

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Assange seeks to discuss his US extradition with the feds

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he stands by an earlier pledge to face trial in the U.S., but he is first urging federal investigators to name the exact charges against him.

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Mac, Linux malware discovered targeting biomedical research

A Mac malware that’s been spying on biomedical industry may have been circulating undetected for years, according to new research.

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Can a DDoS attack on Whitehouse.gov be a valid protest?

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as the U.S. President on Friday, Juan Soberanis intends to protest the event -- digitally.

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Obama commutes sentence for Manning, a WikiLeaks source

President Barack Obama has commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. soldier who disclosed classified data to WikiLeaks relating to the Iraq War.

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China tightens control over app stores

China is requiring that all app stores register in the country, as part of crackdown on malware and the spread of “illegal information.”

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Suspected NSA tool hackers dump more cyberweapons in farewell

The hacking group that stole cyberweapons suspected to be from the U.S. National Security Agency is signing off -- but not before releasing another arsenal of tools that appear designed to spy on Windows systems.

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Guccifer 2.0, alleged Russian cyberspy, returns to deride US

As if the whodunnit into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee wasn't already confusing and murky enough, the supposed Romanian hacker who first released the emails resurfaced on Thursday to say everyone has it wrong.

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Trump's push for cyber defense is sorely needed, experts say

President-elect Donald Trump plans to consult "the greatest computer minds” for input on bolstering U.S. hacking defenses, as experts say an overhaul to the country's cybersecurity is badly needed.

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US Intel report: Russia allegedly obtained 'compromising' info on Trump

A classified intelligence report on the Kremlin’s suspected efforts to meddle with the U.S. election reportedly includes a bombshell allegation: that Russian operatives have compromising personal and financial information about President-elect Donald Trump.

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US Intel: Russia hacked Republican groups during election

Democratic groups and figures weren’t the only ones targeted in Russia’s suspected campaign to influence last year’s election. The country’s cyberspies also targeted computers from state-level Republican groups and stole information from local voter registration records, FBI director James Comey said.

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Stock-tanking in St. Jude Medical security disclosure might have legs

For better or worse, a security firm’s attempt to cash in on a software bug -- by shorting a company’s stock and then publicizing the flaw -- might have pioneered a new approach to vulnerability disclosure.

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Russia: US fueling 'witch hunt' with election hacking claims

Russia dismissed a U.S. intel report claiming that the Kremlin meddled with the presidential election, saying the accusations were “unfounded” and driving a “witch-hunt.”

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The FTC accuses D-Link of manufacturing insecure routers and cameras

A Federal Trade Commission attempt to rein in a poorly secured IoT device is raising questions over whether the U.S. regulator has the power to crack down on vendors suspected of shoddy practices.