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U.S. SEC calls for 'clearer' cyber risk disclosure from companies


WASHINGTON The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday updated guidance to public companies on how and when they should disclose cyber security risks and breaches, including potential weaknesses that have not yet been targeted by hackers.

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Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable 21 Feb 2018

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Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, researchers say 21 Feb 2018

FRANKFURT Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns.

Sessions forms U.S. cyber task force after election warnings 21 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced he would create a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat global cyber threats, including efforts to interfere with elections or damage critical infrastructure.

Lesser-known North Korea cyber-spy group goes international: report 20 Feb 2018

FRANKFURT A North Korean cyber espionage group previously known only for targeting South Korea's government and private sector deepened its sophistication and hit further afield including in Japan and the Middle East in 2017, security researchers said on Tuesday.

Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018 19 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia. | Video

U.N. chief urges global rules for cyber warfare 19 Feb 2018

LISBON U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for global rules to minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as massive cyber attacks look likely to become the first salvoes in future wars.

Malicious cyber activity cost U.S. up to $109 billion in 2016: White House report 16 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday.

Intel hit with 32 lawsuits over security flaws 16 Feb 2018

Intel Corp said on Friday shareholders and customers had filed 32 class action lawsuits against the company in connection with recently-disclosed security flaws in its microchips.

Hackers stole $6 million from Russian bank via SWIFT system: central bank 16 Feb 2018

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia Unknown hackers stole 339.5 million roubles ($6 million) from a Russian bank last year in an attack using the SWIFT international payments messaging system, the Russian central bank said on Friday.

White House blames Russia for 'reckless' NotPetya cyber attack 16 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON/LONDON The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.

Kremlin rejects U.S. accusation that Russia is behind cyber attack 16 Feb 2018

MOSCOW Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he denies Russia was responsible for the 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, after the White House on Thursday joined the British government in accusing Moscow of the attack.

U.S. spy agencies to brief state officials on election threats 15 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. intelligence and security agencies will meet with senior election officials from all 50 states this weekend to lay out threats to the integrity of U.S. elections and security measures they can take, the top U.S. spy agency said on Thursday.

UK blames Russia for cyber attack, Moscow decries Western campaign 15 Feb 2018

LONDON/MOSCOW Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which swept across Europe and beyond, hitting companies and other users after initially targeting Ukraine.

Russia denies British allegations that Moscow was behind cyber-attack 15 Feb 2018

MOSCOW Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday Russia categorically denies allegations from a British official that Russia was responsible for the "NotPetya" cyber-attack last year.

U.S. Democrats push $1 billion bill for election security 15 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration's efforts to protect polls from hackers.

Russian gets 12 years in U.S. prison for role in hacking scheme 14 Feb 2018

NEW YORK A Russian citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a computer hacking scheme that compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town 14 Feb 2018

SAN FRANCISCO They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology.

U.S. Energy Department forming cyber protection unit for power grids 14 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Wednesday it is establishing an office to protect the nation's power grid and other infrastructure against cyber attacks and natural disasters.

UK minister touts automated effort to combat extremism online 13 Feb 2018

Britain has partnered with a London-based firm to develop an algorithm that can identify terrorist content online with greater accuracy than anything previously known, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told tech leaders in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.

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