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OPM hack was avoidable, says congressional report

The compromise last year of the personal information of current and former federal employees was entirely preventable, if the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that was attacked had taken the right measures on knowing it was targeted, according to a report set to be released Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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U.S. investigates Russia for attempting to hack the election

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating whether Russia has launched a broad covert operation to disrupt the U.S. elections in November, according to a news report.

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Obama aims to avoid a ‘cycle of escalation’ in cyberattacks by countries

U.S. President Barack Obama said his country has had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia and other countries in the past, but aims to establish some norms of behavior rather than let the issue escalate as happened in arms races in the past.

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Google, Apple, Twitter in large group backing Microsoft over ‘gag orders’

Many civil rights groups, trade bodies and companies, including Google, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Apple and Twitter, have filed briefs in a federal court to back Microsoft’s move to prevent the indiscriminate use of gag orders accompanying government requests for data.

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A mystery user breached an email account on Clinton's server

In 2013, an unknown user accessed an email account on Hillary Clinton’s private email server through Tor, the anonymous web surfing tool, according to new FBI documents.

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Apple's Cook calls European tax ruling 'total political crap'

The European Commission's decision to force Apple to pay Ireland billions in back taxes is "total political crap" and a reflection of anti-U.S. sentiment, company CEO Tim Cook said in an interview published Thursday.

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Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes

Apple's tax benefits in Ireland are illegal, the European Commission has ruled, and the company will have to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, plus interest.

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Hackers had a chance to hamper voting by deleting records

A U.S. cybersecurity monitor has uncovered more breaches of election agencies on top of attacks described in an FBI report leaked on Monday.

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FBI warns that hackers are targeting state election systems

The FBI has reportedly found evidence that foreign hackers breached two state election databases in recent weeks.

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Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

To spy on a human rights activist, government hired hackers may have gone as far to use three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS.

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Alleged NSA hackers probably gave away a small fortune by leaking exploits

Anonymous hackers probably gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential sales when they leaked valuable cyberweapons allegedly stolen from the National Security Agency.

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Republicans subpoena three tech companies over Clinton emails

Republicans in Congress have subpoenaed three technology companies that declined to hand over documents about former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

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Shared code in Snowden leaks and NSA breach support hackers' claims

Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden share a malware tracking code with several files released this week by hacking group Shadow Brokers, according to a news report.

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The NSA's hoard of cyber weapons makes some experts nervous

The disclosure this week of a cache of files supposedly stolen from the National Security Agency has put a spotlight on secret cyber weapons the NSA has been holding -- and whether they should be disclosed.

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Alleged NSA data dump contains powerful, rarely seen hacking tools

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen.