Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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How a healthcare hacker is pressuring victims to pay up

TheDarkOverlord claims to have stolen 10 million patient records and is selling them on the black market. But in the meantime, the hacker has also been trying to extort his victims with the promise that the data will never be sold, if a ransom is paid.

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This fake Pokemon Go game will secretly drive porn ad clicks

A newly discovered fake Pokemon Go game will actually lock your phone and then secretly run in the background, clicking on porn ads.

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This Android Trojan blocks victims from alerting banks

A new Trojan that can steal your payment data will also try to stymie you from alerting your bank.

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Microsoft's overseas privacy battle may be far from over

Privacy advocates, especially those outside the U.S., can rest a little easier now. A federal court has rebuked the U.S. government’s attempt to access emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland.

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A surge of Pokemon Go-related apps is out to steal your data

Since the Pokemon Go game launched last week, a throng of unofficial apps have tried to piggyback on the title’s success. And many of them are hungry for users’ private information.

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An online market that offered cheap hacked servers returns

A website that offered access to hacked servers for as little as $6 is back online.

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Hacked 3D printers could commit industrial sabotage

3D printers can churn out toys, clothing and even food. But the technology also shows potential for use in industrial sabotage, researchers warn.

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File sharing site Megaupload will return in January, claims Kim Dotcom

The creator of Megaupload plans on reviving the infamous file sharing site on Jan. 20, five years after the U.S. government shut it down.

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Sideloaders beware: a Pokemon Go knock-off contains malware

The hit game Pokemon Go could end up becoming bait for hackers wanting to take over your phone.

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Cybersecurity firms step up intel sharing despite issues of trust

The war against the cyber criminals won’t be won alone. To keep the hackers at bay, more security vendors have been trying to foster cooperation, and share data on the latest threats – even as it might spark concerns over trust and competition.

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Google bolsters Chrome's defenses against quantum computing attacks

The encryption methods used to secure today’s internet won’t be impenetrable forever. More powerful “quantum computers” in the future could very well crack them.

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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.