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Currency demonetization hits India’s mobile phone sales

India’s decision to remove certain currency notes out of circulation has hurt mobile phone sales, as many people in the country still prefer to use cash or do not have access to payment cards and digital payment options.

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Politics bog down US response to election hacks

U.S. efforts to get to the bottom about Russia’s role in hacking this year’s presidential election may very well end up mired in politics, hampering any response.

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Obama orders review of election hacks as Trump doubts Russia's role

President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of the cyberattacks that allegedly tried to disrupt this year's election, as his successor Donald Trump casts doubt over Russia's possible involvement.

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Georgia says it's traced an attempted voter hack to the Department of Homeland Security

Georgia's secretary of state says the state was hit with an attempted hack of its voter registration system from an IP address linked to the federal Department of Homeland Security.

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Russian cyberspies likely behind DNC breach move on to German election

A group of suspected Russian cyberspies blamed for interring in the U.S. elections is also attempting to influence the upcoming vote in Germany, according to the country’s domestic intelligence agency.

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Democrats unveil bill to probe Russia's role in alleged election hacks

U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a government probe into whether Russia may have interfered with the presidential election by hacking high-profile political targets.

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Privacy groups urge investigation of 'internet of toys'

Privacy groups in the U.S. and seven European countries will ask consumer protection agencies to investigate the maker of two internet-connected toys for violations of laws designed to protect children's privacy.

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Obama's cybersecurity plan faces uncertainty with Trump

If a President Obama-backed commission has its way, consumers will one day see cybersecurity ratings on technology products in the same way nutritional labels are found on packaged foods.

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Russia claims it foiled a cyber attack from a foreign spy service

The Russian government claims to have foiled a “large-scale” cyber attack from foreign intelligence services meant to destabilize the country’s financial system.

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Major cybercrime network Avalanche dismantled in global takedown

Law enforcement agencies have dismantled a major cybercriminal network responsible for malware-based attacks that have been harassing victims across the globe for years.

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Data-wiping malware strikes Saudi government agencies

Saudia Arabia’s government agencies were hit with a cyber attack that security researchers are blaming on a worm-like malware that can wipe computer systems, destroying data.

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Senators fail to stop new rules allowing US law-enforcement hacking

Three senators' efforts to stop a major expansion of U.S. law enforcement agencies' hacking powers has failed for now.

Group warns of human rights risks of countering online terror

Study warns of human rights risks from censoring online terror content

Internet companies should not be required to monitor third-party terrorist content that they host or transmit, nor should they face direct or indirect liability from governments for such content, according to a new study.

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Senators plan last-ditch push to curb U.S. law enforcement's hacking power

Unless Congress takes 11th-hour action, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will gain new authority this week to hack into remote computers during criminal investigations.

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How Trump will attack the FCC's net neutrality rules

Repealing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's less than 2-year-old net neutrality rules appears to be a top tech priority for President-elect Donald Trump, but it may not be an easy road.