Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers IT, telecommunications, and the Internet for the IDG News Service.

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Researchers steal data from a PC by controllng the noise from the fans

Even the noise from your PC’s fans could be used to steal the data inside. Researchers in Israel have found a way to do just by hijacking the fans inside and manipulating the sounds they create.

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U.S. court rules that FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant

A U.S. court has ruled that the FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant -- a move which is troubling privacy advocates.

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Why Russian hackers, not a lone wolf, were likely behind the DNC breach

Security researchers believe expert hackers from Russia are the true culprits behind the DNC breach.

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Mobile advertiser tracked users' locations, without their consent, FTC alleges

The privacy settings on your phone don’t mean much if tech companies choose to ignore them. One major mobile advertiser allegedly did just that.

Top website domains are vulnerable to email spoofing

Don’t be surprised if you see spam coming from the top websites in the world. Lax security standards are allowing anyone to “spoof” emails from some of the most-visited domains, according to new research.

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This Android malware secretly roots your phone and installs programs

Android users beware: a new type of malware has been found in legitimate-looking apps that can root your phone and secretly install unwanted programs.

'Morpho' hackers pull off cyberpunk heists

Russian hackers were indeed behind DNC breach, claims another security firm

One lone hacker has tried to take credit for the recent breach of the Democratic National Committee, calling it “easy.” But some security researchers aren’t convinced.

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Apple's iPhone 6 faces potential sales ban in China

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is facing a potential ban in China over a patent dispute.

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Pro-ISIS hacker pleads guilty to stealing data on US military personnel

A 20-year-old Estonia man has pleaded guilty to stealing data on more than 1,300 U.S. military and government personnel and providing it to the Islamic State.

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Hacker claims credit for DNC breach, posts Trump smear file, Clinton election strategy

A hacker claiming responsibility for the recent data breach of the Democractic National Committee apparently has posted the stolen files online.

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Companies pay out billions to fake-CEO email scams

Email scammers, often pretending to be CEOs, have duped businesses into giving away at least $3.1 billion, according to new data from the FBI.

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A black market is selling access to hacked government servers for as little as $6

Want access to a government server? An online black market is selling access to thousands of hacked servers for as little as $6.

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Raspberry Pi maker gets bought for $867 million

A key manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi is being acquired for US$867 million, but the foundation that develops the ultra-cheap computers says it hopes business will continue as usual.

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Russian hackers breach DNC computers, steal data on Donald Trump

Russian government hackers managed to breach the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and stole opposition research on presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Here are 5 reasons Symantec is buying Blue Coat

As cyber threats diversify and expand, anti-virus provider Symantec is doing the same. Late Sunday, the company said it would shell out $4.65 billion to acquire Web security provider Blue Coat. Here are five reasons why the deal could make sense for Symantec.