Michael KanU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

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Drones have potential for industrial sabotage

Industrial facilities should be on guard against drones. Even off-the-shelf versions of the unmanned aircraft could be used to disrupt sensitive systems.

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Almost half of US businesses hit by ransomware, says study

The threat of ransomware is becoming widespread among corporations, with almost half of U.S. businesses suffering an attack from the nasty form of malware recently, according to a new survey.

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200 million Yahoo accounts go up for sale on digital black market

Yahoo users might want to reset their passwords. A hacker claims to have stolen the login information for 200 million Yahoo accounts and is selling them on the black market.

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Interpol arrests Nigerian email scammer who swindled $60 million

Interpol has arrested a top Nigerian email scammer who stole more than $60 million by tricking businesses into handing over funds.


SwiftKey's typing predictions may have leaked users' emails

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard app, has suspended a syncing feature that may have leaked users’ emails to strangers.

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Trump's hacking comment rattles the cybersecurity industry

Donald Trump’s muddled stance on hacking has disturbed security experts at time when the tech industry is looking for clarity on the U.S.'s cyber policy.


Flaw with password manager LastPass could hand over control to hackers

Password manager LastPass can even be fooled. A Google security researcher has found a way to remotely hijack the software.

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Donald Trump encouraged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has called on Russia to hack his rival Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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In light of increased cyberattacks, White House sets defense plan with FBI in charge

It’s still unclear if Russian hackers are trying to meddle with the U.S. election. But the growing number of major cyber attacks is causing the U.S. government to coordinate a better response.


SMS-based two-factor authentication may be headed out the door

SMS messaging for two-factor authentication might become a thing of the past. A U.S. federal agency is discouraging its use.

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Cybersecurity firm offers users reimbursement for ransomware infections

Security firm SentinelOne is confident it can beat any of today’s ransomware -- and is willing to put money behind that claim.

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FBI probes DNC hack as suspicions of Russian involvement widen

The FBI has launched an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s servers, as more evidence surfaced about Russia’s possible involvement in the attack.


This Tinder scam promises to verify your account, but actually sells porn

Tinder users beware. The popular dating app generally doesn’t verify user accounts, but that hasn’t stopped spammers from pretending to offer the service.


How Apple and Facebook helped to take down KickassTorrents

It turns out a couple purchases on iTunes helped bring down the mastermind behind KickassTorrents, a popular file-sharing site.

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Edward Snowden has developed an iPhone case meant to kill surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has come up with a concept iPhone case that can help prevent the government from finding your location.