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CNA Financial Paid $40 Million in Ransom After March Cyberattack

CNA Financial Corp., among the largest insurance companies in the U.S., paid $40 million in late March to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack, according to people with knowledge of the attack. The Chicago-based company paid the …

Ransomware Gang Threatens Release of DC Police Records

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate that stole data from the Washington, D.C., police department says negotiations over payment have broken down and it will release sensitive information that could put lives at risk if more money is …

Reputation of AstraZeneca’s COVID Vaccine Marred by Missteps

LONDON (AP) — AstraZeneca’s release Monday of encouraging data about its coronavirus vaccine from its U.S. trial raised hopes that the drug company could put a troubled rollout behind it. But just hours after its announcement, American officials issued an …

Facial Recognition Company Sued by California Activists

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Civil liberties activists are suing a company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies and private companies around the world, contending that Clearview AI illegally stockpiled data on 3 billion people without their knowledge …

Catch-All Travel Insurance Booms as U.S. Flyers Take Thanksgiving Risks

U.S. websites have seen a surge in travelers seeking expensive ironclad insurance this Thanksgiving, as Americans desperate to break the monotony of a year spent at home look to cover themselves against coronavirus-related risks. Data from insurance comparison website Squaremouth …

Spies in Silicon Valley: Twitter Breach Tied to Saudi Dissident Arrests

An internal breach at Twitter Inc. a half decade ago yielded data that was later used by Saudi Arabia to harass or arrest people critical of the government, according to lawsuits, human rights groups and the relative of a person …

Robots Running the Industrial World Are Open to Cyber Attacks

Industrial robots are now being used to assemble everything from airplanes to smartphones, using human-like arms to mechanically repeat the same processes over and over, thousands of times a day with nanometric precision. But according to a new report entitled …

The Cost of Killer Heat: A Rising Risk of Death in Poor Nations

A few years ago, several top climate researchers joined forces to launch a data-intensive economics research project that promised the most careful estimates yet of how much damage warming may bring and what it implies for the cost of climate …

COVID-19 a Growing Share of Shrinking Work Comp Claims in 2 States

COVID-19 has become a large chunk of a dwindling number of workers’ compensation claims in Florida and California, limited data shows. The number of COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims reported in California more than quadrupled to 22,621 since the last data …

U.S. Accuses Chinese Nationals of Hacking Spree Targeting COVID Data, Defense Secrets

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals for hacking defense contractors, COVID researchers, and other companies worldwide, according to a court filing published on Tuesday. U.S. authorities said the Chinese nationals, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, participated …