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Privacy, consumer groups seek to block Google-Fitbit deal, citing antitrust and privacy concerns

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Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit. Source link: Click here for more
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Huawei USA security chief to Trump: Your policies to hurt China risk thousands of Americans jobs

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“If we hurt Americans to hurt China, we haven’t improved our position,” says Andy Purdy, an ex-Homeland Security cybersecurity official. Source link: Click here for more
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The financial industry just finished its annual ‘doomsday’ cybersecurity exercise

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This week, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association held the fifth in a series of exercises meant to simulate a catastrophic cybersecurity event in the banking sector, known as “Quantum Dawn.” Source link: Click here for more
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US will probably keep ramping up pressure on Chinese tech firms — even if a trade deal is reached

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Washington’s pressure on Chinese tech giants is due to concerns over national security and the competitive threat to U.S. firms, experts say. Source link: Click here for more
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Facebook is ‘the biggest threat’ to US democracy, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says

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“It was only two weeks ago that Mark Zuckerberg decided that Facebook is not going to censor politicians that are spreading disinformation,” Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser says. Source link: Click here for more
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In a rare move, Moody’s says it’s paying close attention to Pitney Bowes ransomware attack

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Before this year, ratings agencies rarely took a stance on how particular cybersecurity incidents could impact a company’s credit or outlook. That is changing, as Moody’s response to the three-day-old Pitney Bowes attack shows. Source link: Click here for more
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How Amazon.com moved into the business of US elections

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It came in at a time when local officials and political campaigns are under intense pressure to prevent a repeat of 2016 presidential elections, which saw cyberattacks on voting systems and election infrastructure. Source link: Click here for more
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China’s surveillance tech is spreading globally, raising concerns about Beijing’s influence

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China has built a huge surveillance state at home. It’s now exporting that technology abroad, thanks to some of the country’s largest firms. Source link: Click here for more
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Apparent Iran-linked hackers targeted Trump campaign

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Apparent Iranian government-linked hackers targeted Trump campaign Key Points A hacking operation apparently linked to the Iranian government unsuccessfully targeted President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, a source confirmed to CNBC on Friday.  Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNBC: “We have no indication that any of our campaign infrastructure...
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Facebook removes ‘coordinated’ fake accounts in UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and Indonesia

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Facebook says it has removed multiple accounts involved in what it terms “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on both its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Source link: To read more click here
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Alphabet Jigsaw R&D head Yasmin Green on deepfakes, 2020 election

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Yasmin Green, director of research and development for Google’s Jigsaw. Brian Snyder | Reuters There’s a race to “inoculate” consumers against false and inflammatory content ahead of the 2020 elections, according to the head of R&D for an Alphabet subsidiary that monitors online disinformation. But so-called “deepfake” videos, where videos...
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Two-thirds UK businesses opt for tech skills over math and science

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More than two-thirds (68%) of UK business leaders believe employees with technology skills such as coding and cybersecurity are more valuable than those who understand traditional subjects such as math and science. A poll of 502 Information Technology (IT) decision makers from different UK firms found that 53% did not...

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