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FBI confirms probe of Russian hack of U.S. election, possible Trump involvement

The FBI is actively investigating Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible cooperation from President Donald Trump's campaign, agency director James Comey confirmed.

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Bdrive secures files in the cloud with fingerprints, fragmentation

Maximum privacy seems to be the goal for the new enterprise authentication and cloud storage services Bundesdruckerei is showing off at Cebit this week.

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It's time to face the ugly reality of face recognition

Most forms of biometric data are hard to get, and you usually need someone's permission to capture fingerprint or iris scans. But anyone can take a picture of your face.

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US-CERT: Some HTTPS inspection tools could weaken security

Companies that use security products to inspect HTTPS traffic might inadvertently make their users' encrypted connections less secure and expose them to man-in-the-middle attacks, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns.

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Minn. police seek data on who Googled a victim's name

Local police in Minnesota are trying to solve a bank fraud scheme by demanding Google give up data on people who looked up key search terms that may be related to crime.

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Social media companies have a month to update service terms in the EU

Facebook, Twitter and Google have been given a month to make changes to their user agreements in the European Union or face "enforcement action."

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Court blocks American from suing Ethiopia for infecting his computer

An appeals court has barred an Ethiopian-born U.S citizen from filing a civil suit against the African country, which allegedly infected his computer with spyware and monitored his communications.

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DOJ: No, we won't say how much the FBI paid to hack terrorist's iPhone

The Justice Department says it should not have to reveal the maker of a tool used last year to crack an alleged terrorist's iPhone or disclose how much it paid.

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The NSA's foreign surveillance: 5 things to know

A contentious piece of U.S. law giving the National Security Agency broad authority to spy on people overseas expires at the end of the year.

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It's time to turn on HTTPS: The benefits are well worth the effort

The number of websites supporting HTTPS has skyrocketed over the past year; there are many benefits for turning on encryption on your website today.

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Of course your TV’s spying on you

It has been since it got smart, and so are most of the websites you visit, your Amazon Echo and every voice-activated smart device in your house.

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Zix wins 5-vendor email encryption shootout

In this review, we looked at five email encryption products, four of which employ encryption gateways and one that’s end-to-end.

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Anything you post can and will be used against you

Sure, the CIA can hack your TV, but public posts on Facebook could really hurt you.

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After WikiLeaks' CIA dump, China tells U.S. to stop spying

China today asked the U.S. government to stop spying on it, its first reaction to WikiLeaks' disclosure this week of a trove of CIA documents.

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Assange: CIA had lost control of its cyberweapon documents

Information about purported CIA cyberattacks was "passed around" among members of the U.S. intelligence community and contractors before it was published by WikiLeaks this week, Julian Assange says.

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Senator probes into CloudPets smart toy hack

A U.S. senator is seeking answers about a data breach involving smart toys made by Spiral Toys, writing a letter to the company’s CEO asking about the company’s security practices.

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Senate resolution aims to roll back privacy rules for ISPs

A resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to roll back privacy rules for broadband service providers that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October.

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Consumers are wary of smart homes that know too much

Nearly two-thirds of consumers are worried about home IoT devices listening in on their conversations, according to a Gartner survey released Monday.

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