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Microsoft, Google Use AI to Thwart Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, …

Ransomware and Cyber Extortion Are on the Rise – What Can Be Done?

Ransomware is evolving from a relatively low-dollar extortion racket, into a more sophisticated, more expensive, and more prevalent major criminal activity. Hardly a day goes by anymore without ransomware or cyber extortion making the news. A seeming turning point in …

Clinton Email Server Open to Cyber Attack

The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according …

Hacker Case Points to Deeper Plane Safety Issues

Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines last month when he was hauled off a plane in New York by the FBI and accused of hacking into flight controls via his underseat entertainment unit. Other security researchers say Roberts – who …

U.S. Cyber Retaliation Over Sony Seen as Unlikely

If the U.S. decides to retaliate over North Korea’s alleged hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment computers, officials could target the government’s financial resources, its illicit drug and counterfeiting operations or the hackers themselves. One thing the Obama administration is unlikely …

Kansas Audit Finds Issues With Data Protection

Weak computer passwords and vulnerable software have left some Kansas agencies vulnerable to hackers gaining access to confidential data or internal breaches, according to a new information technology audit. Some of those problems have been identified in the past but …

Sony Says Protecting Content Made It Hackers’ Target

Sony Corp. believes it was targeted by hackers because it tried to protect its intellectual property, CEO Howard Stringer told a shareholders’ meeting at which he sidestepped a call for him to step down over the incident. Sony has been …