Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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Used hard drives on eBay, Craigslist are often still ripe with leftover data

Before you throw away that old hard drive, make sure you purge the memory clean. A new study has found that most users are accidentally giving up photos, social security numbers and financial data, by failing to properly delete the files on their recycled hard drives.

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This malware pretends to be WhatsApp, Uber and Google Play

Hackers are stealing credit card information in Europe with malware that can spoof the user interfaces of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play.

A hacker wants to sell 10 million patient records on the black market

A hacker claims to have stolen close to 10 million patient records and is selling them for about $820,000.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai has been hacked - which CEO will be next?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has become the latest tech executive to have a social media account hacked.

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Researchers steal data from a PC by controllng the noise from the fans

Even the noise from your PC’s fans could be used to steal the data inside. Researchers in Israel have found a way to do just by hijacking the fans inside and manipulating the sounds they create.

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U.S. court rules that FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant

A U.S. court has ruled that the FBI can hack into a computer without a warrant -- a move which is troubling privacy advocates.

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Why Russian hackers, not a lone wolf, were likely behind the DNC breach

Security researchers believe expert hackers from Russia are the true culprits behind the DNC breach.

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Mobile advertiser tracked users' locations, without their consent, FTC alleges

The privacy settings on your phone don’t mean much if tech companies choose to ignore them. One major mobile advertiser allegedly did just that.

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This Android malware secretly roots your phone and installs programs

Android users beware: a new type of malware has been found in legitimate-looking apps that can root your phone and secretly install unwanted programs.

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Top website domains are vulnerable to email spoofing

Don’t be surprised if you see spam coming from the top websites in the world. Lax security standards are allowing anyone to “spoof” emails from some of the most-visited domains, according to new research.

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Russian hackers were indeed behind DNC breach, claims another security firm

One lone hacker has tried to take credit for the recent breach of the Democratic National Committee, calling it “easy.” But some security researchers aren’t convinced.

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Apple's iPhone 6 faces potential sales ban in China

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is facing a potential ban in China over a patent dispute.

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Pro-ISIS hacker pleads guilty to stealing data on US military personnel

A 20-year-old Estonia man has pleaded guilty to stealing data on more than 1,300 U.S. military and government personnel and providing it to the Islamic State.

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Hacker claims credit for DNC breach, posts Trump smear file, Clinton election strategy

A hacker claiming responsibility for the recent data breach of the Democractic National Committee apparently has posted the stolen files online.

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Companies pay out billions to fake-CEO email scams

Email scammers, often pretending to be CEOs, have duped businesses into giving away at least $3.1 billion, according to new data from the FBI.