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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.

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FCC to vote on strict privacy rules for ISPs in late October

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will push forward with controversial privacy regulations that would require broadband providers to get customer permission before using and sharing geolocation, browsing histories, and other personal information.

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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.

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Guccifer 2.0 claims to have hacked the Clinton Foundation

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 now claims to have hacked the Clinton Foundation, but the documents posted show Democratic campaign data from organizations already compromised.


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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5 ways to improve voting security in the US

Voting officials can take several steps to improve security, even a couple that can still happen this year.


3 nightmare election hack scenarios

The question on the mind of many U.S. voting security experts is not whether hackers could disrupt a U.S. election. Instead, they wonder how likely an election hack might be and how it might happen

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Hacking an election is about influence and disruption, not voting machines

Can you really hack an election? Maybe, but that depends on your goals.

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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.