Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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Trump's national security pick is a cybersecurity hawk

Michael Flynn, the man President-elect Donald Trump plans to name as U.S. national security advisor, believes the government is falling behind on cybersecurity.

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Without tech industry guidance, U.S. may resort to weakening encryption

Apple may have refused to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, but the tech industry is still better off working with the U.S. government on encryption issues than ducking away, according to a former official with the Obama administration.

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University's IT outsourcing could trigger discrimination lawsuit

Is the outsourcing of IT jobs a form of discrimination? A group of laid-off IT workers at the University of California, San Francisco may raise this very question as part of a possible lawsuit meant to fight outsourcing at the school.

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Laid-off IT workers fight University of California outsourcing

Audrey Hatten-Milholin has worked at the University of California, San Francisco for 17 years. But come February, her job in the IT department as a system architect will be taken over by a worker in India. Even worse, Hatten-Milholin has been asked to train her replacement.

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iPhones in China are randomly shutting down, owners say

A consumer protection group in China is asking Apple to investigate problems with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s units randomly shutting down.

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This malware attack starts with a fake customer-service call

Hotel and restaurant chains, beware. A notorious cybercriminal gang is tricking businesses into installing malware by calling their customer services representatives and convincing them to open malicious email attachments.

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UK approves extradition of British hacker to the US

A U.K. official has ordered the extradition of a British man to the U.S. on charges of hacking government computers belonging to NASA and the Department of Defense.

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Suspected Russian hackers target U.S. think tanks after election

Hours after Donald Trump won the presidential election, a suspected Russian cyberespionage team was blamed for targeting several U.S. think tanks with phishing emails designed to fool victims into installing malware.

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Worries and uncertainty cloud outlook for digital privacy under President Trump

When President-elect Donald Trump officially takes office, he’ll inherit a powerful U.S. surveillance apparatus, including the National Security Agency, that’s already been accused of trampling over privacy rights.

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Competing hackers dampen the power of Mirai botnets

The malware behind last month's massive distributed denial-of-service attack in the U.S. appears to be losing its potency. Ironically, hackers are to blame for diluting its power.

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China's vague cybersecurity law has foreign businesses guessing

The most disturbing thing for foreign businesses facing China's new cybersecurity law may just be how vague and broad it is.

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Election Day in U.S. faces specter of cyberattacks

Don't be surprised if hackers make their presence felt on U.S. Election Day. Distributed denial-of-service attacks and high-profile leaks are among the tactics they might use if they try to influence Tuesday's vote.

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DNC hacker calls on brethren to monitor US election

The hacker who claims to have breached the Democratic National Committee isn't done trying to influence this year's election. On Friday, Guccifer 2.0 warned that Democrats might try to rig the vote next Tuesday.

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DDoS attack from Mirai malware 'killing business' in Liberia

The malware behind last month's massive internet disruption in the U.S. is targeting Liberia with financially devastating results.

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Flaw in Wix website builder risked computer worm

Wix.com, a major website building provider, may have a significant bug on its hands. A vulnerability with the company's sites can potentially pave the way for a computer worm, warns a security researcher.