Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

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

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The FBI could have saved money with this iPhone 5c hack

The FBI may have paid a small fortune to unlock an iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter. But a security researcher has demonstrated a way to do it for less than $100.

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Hackers are shaping US election coverage with data leaks

Hackers are becoming a major source for political leaks in this year’s presidential election. Tuesday's leak of emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell has security experts worried that hackers are manipulating U.S. media outlets to influence this year’s election.

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Volkswagen is founding a new cybersecurity firm to prevent car hacking

As cars become more computerized, the vehicles are facing a greater risk of being hacked. That’s why Volkswagen is founding a new cyber security company devoted to protecting next generation cars.

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Hackers smear Olympic athletes with data dump of medical files

Hackers are trying to tarnish the U.S. Olympic team by releasing documents they claim show athletes including gymnast Simone Biles and tennis players Venus and Serena Williams used illegal substances during the Rio Games.

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Russian hackers allegedly target the World Anti-Doping Agency

The same Russian state-sponsored hackers that allegedly breached the Democratic National Committee in June may have also targeted the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Crafty malware is found targeting U.S. government employees

A tough-to-detect malware that attacks government and corporate computers has been upgraded, making it more aggressive in its mission to steal sensitive files, according to security firm InfoArmor.

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Data hoarders are shining a spotlight on past breaches

Old data breaches carried out years ago are entering into the limelight thanks to anonymous internet users like Keen.

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FBI arrests hackers who allegedly leaked info on government agents

U.S. authorities have arrested two suspects for allegedly hacking into the online accounts of senior government officials.

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Intel sells off majority stake in McAfee unit

Intel is selling off a majority stake in the chipmaker’s McAfee unit and turning it back into an independent security company.

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Security firm faces lawsuit with stock tanking tactic

One security firm’s controversial approach to pointing out flaws in products is facing legal action. On Wednesday, the firm MedSec was hit with a lawsuit after trying to tank a company’s stock.

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A mystery user breached an email account on Clinton's server

In 2013, an unknown user accessed an email account on Hillary Clinton’s private email server through Tor, the anonymous web surfing tool, according to new FBI documents.

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Point-of-sale data breaches have now reached the cloud

The latest in a string of hacks against retail point-of-sale systems has hit the operator of a cloud-based service with about 38,000 business clients.

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Romanian hacker Guccifer sentenced to 52 months in US prison

A Romanian hacker known as Guccifer has been sentenced to 52 months in prison after breaking into Internet accounts of about 100 U.S. citizens, including government officials.

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Last.fm breach from 2012 affected 43 million users

Stolen data obtained from music site Last.fm back in 2012 has surfaced, and it looks like hackers made off with accounts belonging to more than 43 million users.

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The Dropbox data breach is a warning to update passwords

Recent data breaches underline the need for Internet users to regularly update the passwords for all their Internet accounts.