Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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New legislation seeks to prevent US voting systems from being hacked

A U.S. lawmaker has introduced two bills to protect voting systems from hacking, amid fears that Russian cyber spies may be interfering with this year's presidential election.

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Hackers sell tool to spread malware through torrent files

Be careful with what you torrent. A new tool on the black market is helping hackers distribute malware through torrent files in exchange for a fee.

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Receive alerts when your data is leaked with this tool

If you’re worried that your data might be in the hands of a hacker, one site is offering a free service that can give you a head’s up.

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Data hoarding site represents the dark side of data breach monitoring

A site that's been warning the public about data breaches might actually be doing more harm than good.

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Judge paves the way for British hacker's extradition to US

A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of extraditing a British man to the U.S. for hacking government computers, despite fears he may commit suicide.

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FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack

The FBI’s refusal to reveal how it accessed an iPhone 5c from the San Bernardino shooter will face scrutiny in court. USA Today’s parent company and two other news group have filed a lawsuit against the agency, demanding it turn over the details.

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Don't pardon Snowden, lawmakers tell Obama

U.S. lawmakers are trying to stifle any hope that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will receive a pardon. On Thursday, the House intelligence committee sent a letter to President Obama urging him to treat Snowden as a criminal.

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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.