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U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

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The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.

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Florida programmer sentenced to 16 months for bitcoin exchange scheme 20 Oct 2017

NEW YORK A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities.

Whole Foods says hacking incident resolved 20 Oct 2017

Amazon.com Inc's Whole Foods Market said on Friday it had replaced affected point-of-sale systems at venues located within some stores where payment card information had been stolen.

Merck cyber attack may cost insurers $275 million: Verisk's PCS 19 Oct 2017

NEW YORK Insurers could pay $275 million to cover the insured portion of drugmaker Merck & Co's loss from a cyber attack in June, according to a forecast by Verisk Analytics Inc's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit.

Google offers bug bounty to clean up mobile apps 19 Oct 2017

SAN FRANCISCO Google is offering security experts a bounty to identify Android app flaws as the Alphabet Inc unit seeks to wipe out bugs from its Google Play store.

Tech firms improve cooperation on extremism but more needed, U.S. security chief says 19 Oct 2017

LONDON Technology firms have improved cooperation with the authorities in tackling online militant material but still must act quicker to remove propaganda fuelling a rise in homegrown extremism, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said on Wednesday.

Senator McCain suggests subpoena to make White House cyber aide testify 19 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON Senator John McCain suggested on Thursday that the Senate Armed Services Committee, the powerful congressional panel he chairs, may consider issuing a subpoena to make the White House's top cyber security official testify.

Some children's GPS watches have security flaws: EU consumer group 18 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS Some smartwatches for children sold in Europe pose security risks, including potentially allowing hackers to take control of and track a watch, the EU's main consumer lobby said on Wednesday, following a new report by one of its members.

U.S. senator probes Pentagon on Russian source code reviews 18 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON A U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the Defense Department to explain how it manages the risks when it uses software that has been scrutinized by foreign governments, saying the practice may represent a national security threat.

Google launches advanced Gmail security features for high-risk users 17 Oct 2017

Alphabet's Google Inc said on Tuesday it would roll out an "advanced protection program" to provide stronger email security for some users such as government officials, political activists and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by sophisticated hackers.

Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013 17 Oct 2017

Microsoft Corp's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.

Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks 17 Oct 2017

Cyber security watchdogs and researchers are issuing warnings over risks associated with a widely used system for securing Wi-Fi communications after the discovery of a flaw that could allow hackers to read information thought to be encrypted, or infect websites with malware.

North Korea likely behind Taiwan SWIFT cyber heist: BAE 16 Oct 2017

TORONTO Cyber-security firm BAE Systems Plc said on Monday it believes the North Korean Lazarus hacking group is likely responsible for a recent cyber heist in Taiwan, the latest in a string of hacks targeting the global SWIFT messaging system.

Infineon says has fixed encryption flaw found by researchers 16 Oct 2017

FRANKFURT Germany's Infineon Technologies said it was aware of, and had taken action to correct a flaw in the encryption used for secure products such as identity cards that was revealed by researchers on Monday.

Trump administration imposing new email security protocols for agencies 16 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Monday will order federal agencies to adopt common email security standards in an effort to better protect against hackers, a senior Department of Homeland Security official said.

Iran was behind cyber attack on British lawmakers in June: The Times 14 Oct 2017

LONDON Iran carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers earlier this year, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing an intelligence assessment of the incident.

IRS puts Equifax contract on hold during security review 13 Oct 2017

NEW YORK The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has temporarily suspended a contract worth more than $7 million it recently awarded to Equifax Inc following a security issue with the beleaguered credit reporting agency's website on Thursday.

SWIFT says hackers still targeting bank messaging system 13 Oct 2017

TORONTO Hackers continue to target the SWIFT bank messaging system, though security controls instituted after last year's $81 million heist at Bangladesh's central bank have helped thwart many of those attempts, a senior SWIFT official told Reuters.

Ukraine says cyber attack may strike in next few days 13 Oct 2017

KIEV The government of Ukraine, which was victim of a major cyber attack earlier this year, told businesses on Friday to make sure their networks were protected because of intelligence suggesting that another attack may be in the works.

Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues 13 Oct 2017

LONDON A top U.S. government legal official has given strong backing to Britain's campaign to force Silicon Valley to compromise on encrypted communications, rebuking tech firms for failing to balance crime-fighting demands with privacy needs.