Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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FBI chief says Guccifer lied about hacking into Clinton's email server

A Romanian hacker's claim that he broke into Hillary Clinton's private email server back in 2013 is a lie, according to the FBI.

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Wendy's hack was bigger than thought and exposed credit card data

A data breach that hit Wendy's fast food restaurants targeted customer credit card information and was more than three times bigger than originally disclosed.

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Here's how secret voice commands in YouTube videos could hijack your smartphone

A muffled voice hidden in an innocuous YouTube video could issue commands to a nearby smartphone without you even knowing it.

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Adultery website Ashley Madison is being investigated by the FTC

The company behind Ashley Madison, the adultery website that was hacked last year, is reportedly facing an investigation from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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This mobile Trojan from China fills your phone with porn apps

Malware that secretly installs porn apps on your phone is infecting devices by the millions, becoming the world’s largest mobile Trojan.


DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 denies Russian links and mocks security firms

The hacker who claims to have breached the Democratic National Committee’s networks is trying to beat back accusations that he’s linked with the Russian government.

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Mobile ransomware use jumps, blocking access to phones

Mobile ransomware is on the rise, with the infection rate skyrocketing, according to new research.

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Terror-suspect database used by banks, governments, has been leaked

A database described by some as a “terrorism blacklist” has fallen into the hands of a white-hat hacker who may decide to leak it online.

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Used hard drives on eBay, Craigslist are often still ripe with leftover data

Before you throw away that old hard drive, make sure you purge the memory clean. A new study has found that most users are accidentally giving up photos, social security numbers and financial data, by failing to properly delete the files on their recycled hard drives.

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This malware pretends to be WhatsApp, Uber and Google Play

Hackers are stealing credit card information in Europe with malware that can spoof the user interfaces of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play.

A hacker wants to sell 10 million patient records on the black market

A hacker claims to have stolen close to 10 million patient records and is selling them for about $820,000.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai has been hacked - which CEO will be next?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has become the latest tech executive to have a social media account hacked.


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.