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Trump signs bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program

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WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, sealing a defeat for digital privacy advocates.

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Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam: researchers 18 Jan 2018

FRANKFURT Lebanon's intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say.

Schneider Electric says bug in its technology exploited in hack 18 Jan 2018

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Schneider Electric SE said on Thursday that hackers had exploited a flaw in its technology in a watershed incident discovered last month that halted operations at an undisclosed industrial facility.

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips 18 Jan 2018

Data center computers with Intel Corp's newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday.

Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election 17 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

Under threat: Cyber security startups fall on harder times 17 Jan 2018

SAN FRANCISCO A wave of cyber attacks by criminals, spies and hacker activists should make these heady days for U.S. cyber security startups. | Video

U.S. lawmaker asks Intel, others for briefing on chip flaws 17 Jan 2018

WASHINGTON A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel Corp and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information from most computers and devices.

Oracle issues security patches for chip flaws 17 Jan 2018

Oracle Corp said on Tuesday it issued a critical patch that provides fixes for certain of its products for Intel Corp chip flaws.

Canadian charged with running LeakedSource.com, selling stolen info 15 Jan 2018

TORONTO A Canadian man accused of operating the LeakedSource.com website, a major repository of stolen online credentials, appeared in a Toronto court on Monday charged with trafficking in billions of stolen personal identity records.

Google removes gaming apps with pop-up porn malware 12 Jan 2018

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Friday it took down 60 gaming applications after security firm Check Point said it had discovered new malicious software in the apps available to both children and adults at Google Play Store.

Explainer: How chip flaws Spectre, Meltdown work and what's next 12 Jan 2018

LAS VEGAS Smartphones, PCs and servers across the world have received software updates in recent days to plug security gaps on computer chips that cyber security researchers have described as the most serious threat in years.

Intel says patches can cause reboot problems in old chips 12 Jan 2018

Intel Corp on Thursday said that recently issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell and Haswell processors to reboot more often than normal and that Intel may need to issue updates to fix the buggy patches.

AMD chips exposed to both variants of Spectre security flaw 11 Jan 2018

Advanced Micro Devices Inc said on Thursday its microprocessors are susceptible to both variants of the Spectre security flaw, days after saying its risk for one of them was "near zero".

Mexican authorities probe hack of export bank: official 11 Jan 2018

MEXICO CITY Mexico's attorney general's office is investigating an attempt to hack and rob Bancomext, the government-run export bank, an official said on Thursday.

Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics: researchers 11 Jan 2018

SAN FRANCISCO A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from next month's Winter Olympic Games.

Google says its security patches not slowing down systems 11 Jan 2018

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it had already deployed software patches against the Spectre and Meltdown chipset security flaws last year, without slowing down its cloud services.

Nvidia updates software, says graphic chips not hit by flaws 11 Jan 2018

Nvidia Corp is updating the software for its graphics processors in response to the Spectre security threat, but its chief executive said on Wednesday its chips were not subject to the same risks as those from Intel and other companies.

Cloud companies consider Intel rivals after security flaws found 10 Jan 2018

SAN FRANCISCO Some of Intel Corp's data center customers, whose thousands of computers run cloud networks, are exploring using microchips from the market leader's rivals to build new infrastructure after the discovery of security flaws affecting most chips.

Finnish police starts investigations over forest company hacking 10 Jan 2018

HELSINKI Finland's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said on Wednesday it would start investigations on a suspected data breach at Metsa Group, one of the Nordic country's largest forest companies.

Microsoft says security patches slowing down PCs, servers 10 Jan 2018

Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that software patches released to guard against microchip security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance. | Video