Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.


Chinese firm admits its hacked DVRs, cameras were behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

Xiongmai, a Chinese electronics component manufacturer, says its products inadvertently played a role in a massive DDoS cyberattack that disrupted major internet sites in the U.S. on Friday.

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U.S. indicts Russian for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring

The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with stealing information from LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring.


An IoT botnet is partly behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices is at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies.

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Ex-NSA contractor hoarded two decades' worth of secrets

The former National Security Agency contractor suspected of stealing U.S. hacking tools allegedly was found hoarding two decades' worth of classified materials.

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LinkedIn blames Russian hacking suspect for 2012 breach

A suspected Russian hacker arrested recently in the Czech Republic was involved in a massive 2012 data breach at LinkedIn, the professional social networking company says.

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Yahoo asks US for clarity on email scanning controversy

Yahoo is asking that the U.S. government set the record straight on requests for user data, following reports saying the internet company has secretly scanned customer emails for terrorism-related information.

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Czech police arrest Russian hacker suspected of targeting the US

Police in the Czech Republic have arrested a Russian hacker suspected of targeting the U.S. for cyber crime.

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Ecuador says it cut WikiLeaks founder's internet access to prevent U.S. election interference

Ecuador's embassy in the U.K. says it alone was responsible for cutting WikiLeak's founder Julian Assange's internet connection, stating that the country doesn't want to interfere with the U.S. elections.

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Hackers create more IoT botnets with Mirai source code

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT products has gone on to infect twice as many devices after its source code was publicly released.

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WikiLeaks blames U.S. for cutting Assange's internet connection

WikiLeaks is accusing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of trying to stop the site from publishing stolen emails from a Hillary Clinton aide.

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To unlock phones, feds demand all occupants surrender fingerprints

U.S. investigators are exercising a broad legal authority to force suspects to unlock their smartphones. In a recent case, they demanded that anyone found inside a California residence give up their fingerprints.

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Survey says many companies want to phase out passwords

Don't be surprised if your company decides to do away with password logins. A new survey has found that most organizations are leaning toward phasing out password authentication.

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Verizon signals Yahoo data breach may affect acqusition

Verizon has signaled that Yahoo's massive data breach may be enough reason to halt its US$4.8 billion deal to buy the internet company.


Putin denies any Russian interest in alleged US election hacking

Russian President Vladimir Putin is rejecting claims that his country is behind any U.S. election-related hacking, saying "hysteria" is fueling the allegations.


Facebook, Twitter cut access to monitoring tool used by police

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were handing over data to a monitoring tool that law enforcement agencies were using to track protesters, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.