Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.


Facebook, Twitter cut access to monitoring tool used by police

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were handing over data to a monitoring tool that law enforcement agencies were using to track protesters, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Second group of hackers found also targeting SWIFT users

A second hacking group is also trying to rob banks by exploiting the SWIFT money transfer system, following an $81 million heist in February that used a similar approach.

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WikiLeaks dumps another trove of email, allegedly from Clinton aide

U.S. accusations that WikiLeaks is helping Russian hackers influence the upcoming election hasn't phased the controversial website from dumping emails allegedly stolen from a Hillary Clinton aide.

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Potential Apple Watch snooping: a not-so-paranoid cyberespionage risk

It may sound paranoid, but the next time you enter into a highly confidential meeting, leave your smart watch behind. It's possible the device could be spying on you.

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US may use sanctions to punish Russia for election hacking

The U.S. response to election-related hacks that the Obama administration now blames on the Russian government could include sanctions against that country.

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US officially blames Russian government for election-related hacking

U.S. officials are publicly blaming the Russian government for several high-profile hacks against political groups that they claim were meant to interfere with the upcoming election.


Verizon may want a $1 billion discount on Yahoo

Verizon may be getting cold feet with its acquisition of Yahoo. Reportedly, it's asking for a $1 billion discount on the original $4.8 billion deal for the Internet company.

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How companies can deal with insider data theft

To learn that your company's data was stolen, not from any hacker, but from an employee is the nightmare scenario that no one wants to face. But it's also a risk that's very real.

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Yahoo's secret email scans helped the FBI probe terrorists

What Yahoo was looking for with its alleged email scanning program may have been signs of code used by a foreign terrorist group.

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FBI arrests an NSA contractor suspected of stealing hacking tools

The FBI has arrested a U.S. government contractor for allegedly stealing classified documents, which may involve hacking tools from the National Security Agency.


Yahoo calls report of secret email scanning 'misleading'

Yahoo has called a Reuters article about a secret email scanning program "misleading," and said no such system exists.

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Hacked voter registration systems: a recipe for election chaos

How do you disrupt an election? Hacking a voter registration database could very well do just that.


US tech giants say they didn't do Yahoo-style email spying

Reports of a secret Yahoo program to search through customers' incoming emails has spurred other tech companies to deny ever receiving a similar request from the U.S. government.

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WikiLeaks plans to dump more sensitive files on US election

WikiLeaks is promising to release secret documents relating to the U.S. election, at a time when questions are already arising over whether Russian hackers are feeding the site information.

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Yahoo may have allowed US government to search user emails

Yahoo has reportedly searched through all of its users' incoming emails with a secret software program that's designed to ferret out information for U.S. government agencies.