Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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U.S. says laptop ban may expand to more airports

The U.S. might add other airports to its ban restricting passengers from bringing laptops on board certain flights from the Middle East.

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Amazon will refund $70 million of in-app purchases made by kids

Amazon could have to hand out more than $70 million in refunds to parents whose kids ran up in-app purchase bills, according to the FTC.

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Chinese hackers go after third-party IT suppliers to steal data

Companies that choose to outsource their IT operations should be careful. Suspected Chinese hackers have been hitting businesses by breaching their third-party IT service providers.

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Notorious iOS spyware has an Android sibling

Security researchers have uncovered the Android version of an iOS spyware known as Pegasus in a case that shows how targeted electronic surveillance can be.

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Banking hackers left a clue that may link them to North Korea

The notorious hackers behind a string of banking heists have left behind a clue that reveals a long-suspected link to North Korea, according to security researchers.

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Latest WikiLeaks dump exposes CIA methods to mask malware

WikiLeaks may have dealt another blow to the CIA’s hacking operations by releasing files that allegedly show how the agency was masking its malware attacks.

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In mining user data, U.S. ISPs must weigh cash vs. privacy

U.S. internet service providers are about to face temptation. Now that the broadband privacy rule repeal is almost certain, will they sell their customers' data to marketers, or will they keep it private?

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Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!

Tuesday’s congressional vote to repeal U.S. restrictions on broadband providers doesn’t mean that online privacy isn’t dead. U.S. consumers will just have to pay for it.

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Congress dismantles Internet privacy rules, allowing ISPs to sell your web history

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to repeal privacy rules that can prevent broadband providers from selling customers’ internet-browsing histories and other data without their permission.

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China devotes $22 billion to domestic chip industry expansion

China is pouring more money into its semiconductor ambitions. The state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup, which has building up the country’s chip industry, received a 150 billion yuan (US$22 billion) investment on Tuesday.

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Apple wins China patent battle over iPhone 6 design

Apple has fended off a lawsuit in China that claimed the iPhone 6’s design had infringed a design patent from a little-known local vendor.

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Google Play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware

What’s the best way to avoid Android malware? Downloading all your apps from the Google Play store -- where software is vetted – is perhaps the best advice. But that doesn’t mean Google Play is perfect.

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FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data

The FBI director James Comey is suggesting an international approach to solving the encryption debate. He proposes that the U.S. might work with other countries on a “framework” for creating legal access to encrypted tech devices.

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Snowden's ex-boss offers tips on stopping insider threats

Steven Bay, a former defense contractor, knows a thing or two about insider threats. For a brief period, he was the boss of Edward Snowden, the famous leaker who stole sensitive files from the National Security Agency.

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Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger

The chances of you installing malware on your Android phone is incredibly small, according to Google.