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Apple and Meta Gave User Data to Hackers Who Used Forged Legal Requests

Apple Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, provided customer data to hackers who masqueraded as law enforcement officials, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. Apple and Meta provided basic subscriber details, such as …

Exchange: Phoenix Sees Spike in Catalytic Converter Thefts

PHOENIX (AP) — It’s a specific crime trend sweeping the nation and starts right underneath your car, and the surge is evident in the Phoenix area over the last two years. Thieves are targeting catalytic converters, your exhaust emission control …

Insurers Warn Senate Committee of ‘Staggering’ Increase in Carjacking

The number of carjackings has exploded in major US cities in the past two years, along with a less astonishing increase in car thefts overall, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. NICB President and Chief Executive Officer David J. …

Governments Turn Tables on Ransomware Gang REvil by Pushing it Offline

The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official. Former partners and associates of the Russian-led criminal …

Iowa Farm Services Firm: Systems Offline Due to Cybersecurity Incident

CHICAGO — Iowa-based farm services provider NEW Cooperative Inc said on Monday its systems were offline to contain a “cybersecurity” incident just as the U.S. farm belt gears up for harvest. The cooperative operates grain storage elevators in the top …

Global Sting Began by Creating Message Service for Crooks

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own …

No Ransomware Silver Bullet, Crooks Out of Reach

BOSTON (AP) — Political hand-wringing in Washington over Russia’s hacking of federal agencies and interference in U.S. politics has mostly overshadowed a worsening digital scourge with a far broader wallop: crippling and dispiriting ransomware attacks by cybercriminal mafias that mostly …

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 …

As Inauguration Nears, Law Enforcement Scrutiny Drives U.S. Extremists Into Internet’s Dark Corners

Shortly after rampaging Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a fan of the president posted a message on the pro-Donald Trump website TheDonald.win. Inspired by the mob’s attempt to stop lawmakers from confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral …

FBI Probes Russian-Linked Postcard Sent to FireEye CEO After Hack

The FBI is investigating a mysterious postcard sent to the home of cybersecurity firm FireEye’s chief executive days after it found initial evidence of a suspected Russian hacking operation on dozens of U.S. government agencies and private American companies. U.S. …