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US Sanctions Russia For Election Interference, Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON DC - The White House has announced an array of sanctions against Russia for meddling in US elections and for broader hacking efforts, including one incident it called "most destructive and costly cyberattack in history." The US government unveiled the sanctions Thursday morning, saying they were prompted by Russia's online propaganda campaign during the US elections, massive hacks of

By |2018-03-16T10:29:05-04:00March 16th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Politics, Politics/Government|

Report: Dark Caracal Malware Targets Smartphones To Harvest Personal Data

MEXICO CITY - Your smartphone probably knows more about you than you do. It knows where you are at all times. It knows every person you talk to, and what you've said to them. It has your family photos, your pet's pictures, your passwords and more. For attackers, it's a digital passport to access everything

By |2018-03-08T18:39:44-05:00March 8th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Russian Twitter Bots Keep Up Attack After Florida Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO - After Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, thousands of tweets poured in using the hashtag #guncontrolnow and jumped on the trending topic #Parklandshooting. These weren't coming from Americans with thoughts on the country's gun-rights debate. They were from Russian-controlled bots jumping on this divisive issue. Among the most tweeted two

By |2018-02-23T09:47:16-05:00February 23rd, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Cybercrime Hurting Businesses To Tune Of $600 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO - A report Wednesday says cybercrime may now be costing businesses worldwide as much as $600 billion. Why? Because criminals know it's unlikely they'll get caught. There's even a new trend called Ransomware-As-A-Service. "The digital world has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, including risk and crime, so that crime is more

By |2018-02-23T09:47:16-05:00February 23rd, 2018|Cyber Defense|

What To Do When Your Smartphone Tells You A Ballistic Missile Is Headed Your Way

HONOLULU, Hawaii - In mid-January Hawaiian residents and visitors received a text that warned a ballistic missile was on its way, driving them into a panic as they searched for shelter and contact loved ones. Trouble was the alert was a mistake. The warning resulted when someone pushed the wrong button on a computer screen.

By |2018-01-25T16:18:01-05:00January 25th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Alphabet Parent Google Launches Machine Learning Platform To Thwart Hackers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ca. - Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has launched a machine learning technology called Chronicle that aims to find hackers faster than they can attack computer networks. Chronicle isn't the first to turn to machine learning to solve this problem. The company joins a crowded field of cybersecurity firms that are trying to

By |2018-01-25T16:18:02-05:00January 25th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Google Dumps 60 Apps Containing Hidden Pornographic Malware Aimed At Kids

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. - Google removed roughly 60 apps that contained hidden pornographic malware from its Play Store after a security research company found the code. Many of the games were aimed at kids.  Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies reported the malware on Friday. Dubbed AdultSwine, the malware displayed pornographic images that looked like ads but

By |2018-01-19T11:34:47-05:00January 19th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Flaws In Chip Design Could Make Computers, Smartphones Vulnerable To Hackers

SAN FRANCISCO - A newly discovered exploit in most modern processors could make your computer or smartphone vulnerable to attacks. The problem impacts processors going back more than two decades and could let hackers access passwords, encryption keys or sensitive information open in applications.  The flaws, known by the names Spectre and Meltdown, aren't unique to one particular

By |2018-01-04T19:49:30-05:00January 4th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Wireless Broadband-Like 5G To Drive IoT Innovations Over Next Decade

LAS VEGAS - At this year's Consumer Electronics Show that starts this weekend you'll hear plenty of talk about driverless cars, connected homes and the internet of things. But here's the technology that will drive all of those innovations over the next decade: 5G. The shorthand tag "5G" stands for fifth-generation wireless technology. Those broadband-like

By |2018-01-04T15:09:44-05:00January 4th, 2018|IoT|

The Dark Side Of The Internet Of Things – Most Devices Are Easy To Hack

LAS VEGAS - While gadget makers see IoT devices powering our future, security experts view the potential pitfalls from all those connected gadgets as more of a sleeping giant. And watch out when it wakes up. It's the dark side of connected devices that nobody wants to talk about during a week when the consumer

By |2018-01-03T19:22:03-05:00January 3rd, 2018|Cyber Defense, IoT|