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U.S. directs agencies to apply patches to Microsoft servers

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FILE PHOTO: White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger gives an update on the Biden administration’s response to the SolarWinds hack during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top cybersecurity......

Iran has identified person who caused power outage at Natanz nuclear site – report

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday it had identified the person who disrupted flow of power at the Natanz nuclear facility that led to electricity outage in the site, Iran’s Nournews website quoted intelligence sources as saying. “The person has been identified … Necessary measures are being taken to......

Leaker says they are offering private details of 500 million Facebook users

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FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo and binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A leaker says they are offering information on more than 500 million Facebook Inc users – including phone numbers and other data – virtually for free. The database......

Australia’s Nine network hit by suspected cyber attack: source

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian broadcaster Nine Entertainment was unable to air its Sunday news bulletin from its Sydney headquarters due to “technical difficulties” which a source with knowledge of the matter blamed on a suspected cyber attack. Nine’s Weekend Today show which runs from 7 am to 1 pm did......

Swiss hacker indicted after claiming credit for breaching Nissan, Intel

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(Reuters) – A Swiss computer hacker who has claimed credit for helping steal or distribute proprietary data from Nissan Motor Co, Intel Corp and most recently security camera startup Verkada was indicted on Thursday, U.S. prosecutors announced. FILE PHOTO: A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected......

U.S. report says Russia, not China, tried to influence 2020 election

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By Christopher Bing, Joseph Menn WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia’s government tried to seed the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign with “misleading or unsubstantiated allegations” against then-candidate Joe Biden through allies of former President Trump and his administration, U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The assessment was made in a 15-page report......

Britain must boost cyber-attack capacity, PM Johnson says

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain needs to boost its capacity to conduct cyber attacks on foreign enemies, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said before the publication of a national security review next week. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at the House of Commons......

European banking regulator EBA targeted in Microsoft hacking

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FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Banking Authority on Monday said it had been targeted by hackers, although no data had been......

SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike executives face Senate grilling

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FILE PHOTO: The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores (Reuters) – Top executives at Texas-based software company SolarWinds, digital giant Microsoft and cybersecurity firms FireEye and CrowdStrike are expected on Tuesday to defend their companies’ responses to a sprawling series......

SolarWinds hack was ‘largest and most sophisticated attack’ ever: Microsoft president

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FILE PHOTO: Microsoft’s President Brad Smith speaks at the Web Summit, in Lisbon, Portugal, November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A hacking campaign that used a U.S. tech company as a springboard to compromise a raft of U.S. government agencies is “the largest and most sophisticated attack......

Biden’s Homeland Security czar vows to fight domestic terrorism

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FILE PHOTO: Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas, who last week became the first Latino and......

Florida COVID-19 whistleblower turns herself in on felony computer charge

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(Reuters) – A former Florida public health whistleblower who says she was fired because she refused to manipulate COVID-19 data turned herself in to face a felony computer offense and was released on bail on Monday, Florida officials and media said. FILE PHOTO: Rebekah Jones, a data scientist who helped......

Trump directs government to minimize procurement from China

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with China’s President Xi Jinping before starting their bilateral meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In another action against China days before he leaves office, U.S. President Donald Trump on......

SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code, the company says

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The hacking group behind the SolarWinds compromise was able to break into Microsoft Corp and access some of its source code, Microsoft said on Thursday. In a blog post, Microsoft said its investigation had turned up irregularities with a “small number of internal accounts” and that one of......

SolarWinds releases update to flagship software after hack

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FILE PHOTO: The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores (Reuters) – SolarWinds Corp said on Thursday it had released an update to fix the vulnerabilities in its flagship network management software, Orion, following a hacking campaign that used the U.S.......

U.S. suspects Iranians created website threatening U.S. election officials

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. security agencies said on Wednesday they had highly credible information indicating that Iranian cyber actors were responsible for creating a website earlier this month featuring death threats aimed at U.S. election officials. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Homeland Security Department’s Cyber and Infrastructure Security......

Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Dell join legal battle against hacking company NSO

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(Reuters) – Tech giants including Microsoft and Google on Monday joined Facebook’s legal battle against hacking company NSO, filing an amicus brief in federal court that warned that the Israeli firm’s tools were “powerful, and dangerous.” The brief, filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens......

Trump downplays impact of massive breach of government computer systems – tweet

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump poses on the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Washington, U.S. October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump in his first comments about......

Explainer-Russia’s potent cyber and information warfare capabilities

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By Andrew Osborn, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Russia was responsible for a cyber attack that embedded malicious code inside U.S. government software systems and those of other governments and companies across the world. An aerial view shows the skyline......

U.S. charges China-based Zoom executive with disrupting Tiananmen crackdown commemorations

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NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. prosecutors on Friday charged a former China-based executive at Zoom Video Communications Inc with disrupting video meetings commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown at the request of the Chinese government. Xinjiang Jin, 39, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of......

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