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Before You Head To The Airport For Your Thanksgiving Travels Read These Warnings

SAN FRANCISCO - Some of the busiest travel days of the year in the US are over the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. CNET.Com says lots of people at airports will be using their smartphones to surf the net and charge their devices ahead of a long flight. That makes airports prime targets for hackers. Here are a few tips

By |2018-11-15T17:16:13+00:00November 15th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Guest Columns|

Russian Hackers Trying To Influence American Mid-Term Elections

SAN FRANCISCO - Russian hackers and propagandists who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election didn't stop when it was over. They're still trying to influence the vote, and now they're being joined by other countries hoping to influence the midterms, according to the US Department of Homeland Security and other agencies. Two years ago, hackers

By |2018-10-04T20:38:21+00:00October 4th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Tech Companies Worried European-Style Privacy Regs Coming To US

WASHINGTON DC - The United States' privacy regulations shouldn't be anything like Europe's, tech giants argued on Wednesday. During a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, members of Congress heard six tech companies discuss what they want in a federal privacy law. Lawmakers are still crafting a potential data privacy bill, but multiple

By |2018-09-30T12:34:31+00:00September 30th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Politics/Government|

Chinese Hack Alaskan Government Networks Before Trade Mission

BEIJING, China - As Alaskan leaders headed to China to discuss trade deals, Chinese hackers were swarming their US networks, security researchers said. Researchers from Recorded Future said they discovered Chinese hackers targeting the Alaskan state government, as well as the state's Department of Natural Resources and energy, telephone and communications companies. The cybersecurity firm said it

By |2018-08-20T08:03:19+00:00August 16th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Google Made The Titan Key To Toughen Up Your Online Security

SAN FRANCISCO - When Google boasted that none of its 85,000-plus employees had their accounts hacked since early 2017, it was all thanks to an early version of a security key the company was testing. And now the latest version of that security key will be available for the world to use. In an exclusive hands-on,

By |2018-07-27T07:45:58+00:00July 27th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

CNET Details How Russian Hackers Infiltrated The DNC Computers

WASHINGTON DC - In the months leading up to the 2016 US presidential election, Russian hackers ran a sophisticated campaign, infecting more than 30 computers and stealing more than 50,000 emails, in an effort to sway the vote in Donald Trump's favor. On Monday, President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and denied the

By |2018-07-19T20:10:32+00:00July 19th, 2018|Cyber Defense|

Apple’s Autonomous Vehicle Development Details Disclosed In Lawsuit

CUPERTINO, Ca. - While Apple has never provided many public details about its self-driving car program, a treasure trove of information absit its efforts in autonomous driving was disclosed in a lawsuit Apple brought against one of its engineers who has been charge with stealing trade secrets. According to the complaint, about 5,000 of Apple's

By |2018-07-16T11:43:39+00:00July 16th, 2018|Auto Tech, Autonomous Vehicles|

Congress Upset Not Told Immediately About Spectre, Meltdown Vulnerabilities

WASHINGTON DC - The US government wishes it had gotten the memo on Spectre and Meltdown sooner. On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on cybersecurity issues related to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, which left hundreds of millions of computer chips open to attacks. The Spectre and Meltdown flaws were

By |2018-07-18T17:55:47+00:00July 12th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Politics|

Researchers Find Stolen Military Drone Secrets For Sale On Dark Web

WASHINGTON DC - Researchers from Recorded Future, a threat intelligence company, say they found a cache of sensitive military documents for sale on the dark web, including details on the US Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper drones, as well as training courses on tanks, survival and improvised explosive devices. A hacker had stolen the secret files by

By |2018-07-12T19:22:38+00:00July 12th, 2018|Cyber Defense, Drones|

Chrome Tweak Helps Keep Spectre Hackers Away

SAN FRANCISCO - By adding new compartmentalization technology, Google's Chromebrowser has taken a step to keep websites from stealing sensitive data. Since Google first released it publicly in 2008, Chrome has divided work among multiple computing processes. That approach helps keep one tab's work from interfering with what's happening in another. Google has been testing a stricter

By |2018-07-12T19:22:39+00:00July 12th, 2018|Cyber Defense|