Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Top executives from Meta, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter are sworn in before Congress.

TikTok, Other Social Companies Address Data Privacy Before Congress

TikTok's chief operating officer and other social media executives commented on national security concerns in a Wednesday Congressional hearing.

 | Tyler Adkisson

Sign outside the U.S. National Security Administration.

Los Angeles Unified School District Targeted In Cyberattack

The nation's second-largest school district was hit with a ransomware attack that was "likely criminal in nature," district officials said.

 | AP

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Changing Your Password Too Often Might Be Hurting Your Account Privacy

Patterns most humans use in changing their passwords could be leading to more predictable and easy-to-breach security.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Former Twitter Security Chief Files Whistleblower Complaints

One of the allegations is also at the core of the attempted withdrawal of a $44 billion takeover bid for Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk.

 | AP

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Apple Warns Of Security Flaw For iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple did not say in the reports how, where or by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered. In all cases, it cited an anonymous researcher.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A Roomba 980 vacuum cleaning robot is shown during a presentation

Consumer Data Concerns As Amazon Is Set To Acquire iRobot, Roomba

Antitrust experts worry that the deal is less about selling Roombas and more about finding ways to surveil the most intimate spaces of our lives.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Lots Of Spam Texts, Little Action To Stop Them

A Newsy analysis of FCC complaints reveals how spammers are using text messages as a new tool. Why isn't the FCC doing more to stop them?

 | Patrick Terpstra

MI5 Director General Ken McCallum, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray meet at MI5 headquarters

U.S. And U.K. Intelligence Agencies Warn About China Threat

Beijing is targeting both politicians and businesspeople, stealing their data as part of a strategy known as the "thousand grains of sand."

 | Sasha Ingber

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Alleged Chinese Police Database Hack Leaks Data Of 1 Billion People

In an online forum, someone offered to sell what they claimed was the information of one billion people obtained from a Shanghai police database.

 | AP

An advertisement for Bitcoin cryptocurrency is displayed on a street.

The Growing Problem Of Cybercriminals Scamming Crypto Investors

While more people have started to learn about options in the crypto world, it also lets scammers create new opportunities to seize some of your coins.

 | Tyler Adkisson

A person walks past Google offices.

Third-Party Cookies Are Going Away. What Are Marketers Trying Now?

Google is phasing out third-party cookies, but new potential replacement systems are still in the trial phase.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Breach Exposed Data Of Half-Million Chicago Students, Staff

In total, 495,448 student and 56,138 employee records from Chicago Public Schools were accessed from 2015-16 through 2018-2019 school years.

 | AP

Energy company Colonial Pipeline

What Makes The U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberattacks?

According to the White House, ransomware payments reached over $400 million globally in 2020.

 | Tyler Adkisson and Scripps News Staff

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Verizon Warns Customers About Text Message Scam

The telecommunications company is alerting users about scam text messages that appear to come from a customer's own phone number.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Experts Say U.S. Companies Aren't Prepared To Deal With Cyberattacks

Many companies find it too expensive or difficult to properly secure themselves, making them vulnerable targets for potential Kremlin cyberattacks.

 | Tyler Adkisson

A briefing says "destructive malware targeting organizations in Ukraine."

Hackers Are Picking Sides In The Russia-Ukraine War

Hackers are split on who they're supporting, with one group declaring a "cyber war" against Russian government and another declaring full support.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Spread Of 'Smart City' Technology Raises Privacy Concerns

Surveillance is a rising concern as cities invest in more self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART).

 | Amanda Brandeis

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The Security Vulnerabilities Of Smart Home Systems

The proliferation of internet-connected home devices also presents more opportunities for bad actors to attack their networks.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Explainer: The Security Flaw That's Freaked Out The Internet

A wide swath of critical industries, including electric power, water, food and beverage, manufacturing and transportation, were exposed.

 | Tyler Adkisson and AP

A gas station worker leans against a pump that has been turned off in Tehran, Iran.

Cyberattack Closes Gas Stations Across Iran

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which was similar to another months earlier that challenged Iran's supreme leader.

 | AP

A Microsoft computer on display.

Microsoft: Russia-Backed Hackers Targeting Cloud Services, Tech Firms

Microsoft says the group Nobelium has compromised at least 14 tech firms since May and seems to be targeting cloud service resellers.

 | AP

On Sept. 11, 2015, an American flag is draped on the side of the Pentagon where the building was attacked Sept. 11, 2001.

Poll: Americans Warier Of Government Surveillance

More Americans also regard the threat from domestic extremism as more worrisome than that of extremism abroad, the poll found.

 | AP

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Apple Delays Plan To Scan iPhone Images For Child Sex Abuse

Apple revealed plans last month that it was working on a tool to detect known images of child sex abuse but now needs more time to refine the system.

 | AP

President Joe Biden is meeting with top executives from some of the country's leading technology companies and financial inst

President Biden to Tackle Cybersecurity With Tech, Finance Leaders

The summit comes during a relentless stretch of ransomware attacks that have targeted critical infrastructure.

 | AP

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Law Enforcement Agencies Routinely Request Americans' Personal Data

As people increasingly live their lives online, law enforcement agencies are finding all the data users create valuable in investigations.

 | Tyler Adkisson

Human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor shows screenshot of spoof text message.

Investigation Finds Spyware Used By Governments To Target "Activists"

The findings build on extensive work by cybersecurity researchers.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A Microsoft computer is among items displayed at a Microsoft store in suburban Boston.

Biden Administration Blames China For Microsoft Hack

The Microsoft Exchange hack was first identified in January and was rapidly attributed to Chinese cyber spies by private sector groups.

 | Simon Kaufman and AP

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State Department Offers $10M In Anti-Ransomware Rewards

The hope is to seize more extortion payments in ransomware cases.

 | AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden

Pres. Biden Tells Putin To Take Action Against Cybercriminals

President Biden gave a similar warning when the two leaders met in Geneva last month.

 | AP

President Joe Biden.

President Biden: Damage Appears Minimal From Massive Ransomware Attack

The ransomware attack on a Miami-based software company was the biggest on record, but officials say less than 1,500 businesses appear compromised.

 | Simon Kaufman