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Justice Department Stepping Up Efforts to Combat Cybercrime

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is stepping up actions to combat ransomware and cybercrime through arrests and other actions, its No. 2 official told The Associated Press, as the Biden administration escalates its response to what it regards as …

US Poised to Sue Contractors Who Don’t Report Cyber Breaches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is poised to sue government contractors and other companies who receive U.S. government grants if they fail to report breaches of their computer systems or misrepresent their cybersecurity practices, the department’s No. 2 official …

Ransomware Gangs Get Paid Off as Officials Struggle for Fix

BOSTON (AP) — If your business falls victim to ransomware and you want simple advice on whether to pay the criminals, don’t expect much help from the U.S. government. The answer is apt to be: It depends. “It is the …

Justice Dept. Sues to Stop Aon’s Purchase of Willis Towers Watson

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping insurance broker Aon’s $30 billion acquisition of Willis Towers Watson because it would reduce competition and could lead to higher prices. The deal would combine the …

Pipeline CEO: Ransom Payment Among My ‘Toughest Decisions’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief executive of the massive fuel pipeline hit by ransomware last month told senators on Tuesday that authorizing a multi-million-dollar payment to hackers was the right thing to do to bring an end to fuel shortages …

US Charges Swiss ‘Hacktivist’ for Data Theft and Leaks

The Justice Department has charged a Swiss hacker with computer intrusion and identity theft, just over a week after the hacker embarrassed a U.S. security-camera startup and its clients by showing how easy it was to spy on the cameras …

U.S. Selects Compensation Feinberg Firm to Oversee Boeing 737 MAX Victim Fund

WASHINGTON — Prominent attorneys Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros have been named to oversee a $500 million victim compensation fund for the relatives of 346 people killed in two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes, a spokeswoman for Feinberg confirmed on …

Justice Dept. Drops Yale Admissions Discrimination Lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday dropped its discrimination lawsuit against Yale University that had alleged the university was illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants. The Justice Department noted in its filing that it was voluntarily …

Toyota Settles U.S. Probe Into Delayed Emissions Defect Reports For $180 Million

WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp settled a lengthy Justice Department civil probe into its delayed filing of emissions-related defect reports for $180 million, the government said on Thursday. Reuters first reported the expected settlement, which resolves the violations of the …

Boeing Seen Getting Off Easy in Fraud Settlement on 737 Max

Boeing Co. escaped heavy punishment in a U.S. criminal investigation into two deadly crashes of the 737 Max, according to an array of the company’s closest observers on Wall Street and in Washington, D.C. The $243.3 million fine in a …