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Trump lifts Cyber Command status to boost cyber defense


WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Friday he was elevating the status of the Pentagon's U.S. Cyber Command to help spur development of cyber weapons to deter attacks and punish intruders.

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Ukraine central bank warns of new cyber-attack risk 18 Aug 2017

KIEV The Ukrainian central bank said on Friday it had warned state-owned and private lenders of the appearance of new malware as security services said Ukraine faced cyber attacks like those that knocked out global systems in June.

Lithuanian man pleads not guilty to defrauding Facebook and Google 17 Aug 2017

A Lithuanian man accused of defrauding Facebook Inc and Google Inc out of more than $100 million pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in U.S. court on Thursday.

Trump mulling lifting status of Cyber Command: sources 17 Aug 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is close to making a decision to elevate the status of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders and tackle adversaries, current and former officials told Reuters on Thursday.

British cyber researcher pleads not guilty to U.S. hacking charges 14 Aug 2017

SAN FRANCISCO British cyber security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges he built and sold malicious code used to steal banking credentials.

British cyber researcher pleads not guilty to U.S. hacking charges 14 Aug 2017

SAN FRANCISCO British cyber security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty on Monday to federal charges he built and sold malicious code used to steal banking credentials.

Hackers release more HBO episode shows: report 14 Aug 2017

Hackers have released more unaired episodes of popular HBO shows but the latest leak did not include anything on the hit series "Game of Thrones," the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

HBO offered $250,000 to hackers in bid to delay data release 12 Aug 2017

Time Warner Inc's HBO network last month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters. | Video

Russia-linked hackers targeted hotel guests across Europe: security firm 11 Aug 2017

FRANKFURT A cyber-spying group with suspected links to Russian military intelligence was probably behind a campaign targeting hotel guests in eight mostly European countries last month, researchers at security firm FireEye said on Friday.

Lithuanian court upholds extradition of man to U.S. in $100 million fraud case 11 Aug 2017

VILNIUS Lithuania's top appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to extradite to the United States a Lithuanian man accused of defrauding Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million.

China investigates top local social media sites in push to control content 11 Aug 2017

BEIJING China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country's push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content. | Video

Defense Secretary Mattis sees growth for Silicon Valley defense unit 11 Aug 2017

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday an Obama-era experimental defense outpost in Silicon Valley would grow in importance under the Trump administration and that the nation's technology entrepreneurs were vital to national defense.

Pernod Ricard confirms cyber security incident, says no impact 10 Aug 2017

LONDON Pernod Ricard SA was potentially targeted by a cyber attack but the incident was fully contained and had no impact on operations, the company said on Thursday.

Greater China cyber insurance demand to soar after WannaCry attack: AIG 09 Aug 2017

HONG KONG Demand for cyber insurance from firms in Greater China and elsewhere in Asia is poised to soar, based on enquiries received after the "WannaCry ransomware" attack earlier this year, executives at American International Group Inc said.

HBO says probe of hack is ongoing 08 Aug 2017

HBO, the Time Warner Inc cable network that broadcasts "Game of Thrones," confirmed on Tuesday that it was investigating a hack that it disclosed to employees 10 days ago.

Arraignment of UK security researcher Hutchins delayed to Monday 08 Aug 2017

MILWAUKEE U.S. authorities have postponed the arraignment of a British security researcher Marcus Hutchins, credited with neutralizing the global "WannaCry" ransomware attack, in an unrelated hacking case, the U.S. District Court in Milwaukee said on Tuesday.

Three Hungarian banks targeted by phishing attempts: central bank 08 Aug 2017

BUDAPEST Three major banks in Hungary have experienced a series of targeted phishing attempts in recent months, the central bank said on Tuesday, without naming the lenders involved.

Siemens to update medical scanner software to deal with security bugs 07 Aug 2017

FRANKFURT German industrial group Siemens expects to update software in some of its medical scanners by the end of the month to deal with vulnerabilities that could, in theory, allow some of this equipment to be hacked, a company spokesman said on Monday.

Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation 07 Aug 2017

LONDON The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology.

UK government sets out tougher guidelines to protect smart cars from hackers 06 Aug 2017

LONDON The British government issued new guidelines on Sunday requiring manufacturers of internet-connected vehicles to put in place tougher cyber protections to ensure they are better shielded against hackers.