Computer Security

Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

Law enforcement also has an advantage when it gets ahold of digital devices. Despite claims from Apple, Google and even the Justice Department that smartphones are largely impenetrable, thousands of law enforcement agencies have tools that can infiltrate the latest phones to extract data. “Police today are facing a situation of an explosion of data,” …

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Biden Revokes and Replaces Trump Order That Banned TikTok

TikTok’s woes subsided with Mr. Trump’s election defeat. Though the company is still under scrutiny with the Biden administration’s new executive order, analysts say the dramatic ups and downs for the company will significantly dwindle. Updated  June 14, 2021, 4:57 p.m. ET James Lewis, a senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International …

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Irish Hospitals Hit by Cyberattacks, Forcing an I.T. Shutdown

Health network officials have described the attack as “highly sophisticated” and claim attackers used an undiscovered bug in software known as a zero-day to breach their systems. They did not name the affected software and did not provide evidence to back up their claims. However, FireEye, the cybersecurity firm, released a report last month that …

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In China, Apple Compromises on Censorship and Surveillance

On Chinese iPhones, Apple forbids apps about the Dalai Lama while hosting those from the Chinese paramilitary group accused of detaining and abusing Uyghurs, an ethnic minority group in China. The company has also helped China spread its view of the world. Chinese iPhones censor the emoji of the Taiwanese flag, and their maps suggest …

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How Apple Stays on the Good Side of Chinese Authorities

Apple proactively removes apps to placate Chinese officials. Apple has created an internal bureaucracy that rejects or removes apps the company believes could run afoul of Chinese rules. Apple trains its app reviewers and uses special software to inspect apps for any mention of topics Apple has deemed off limits in China, including Tiananmen Square, …

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A Phishing Test Promised Workers a Covid Bonus. Now They Want an Apology.

A report released this week by Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre showed a 15-fold increase in the number of scams removed from the internet. It said the agency had taken more fraudulent sites offline in the past year than in the previous three years combined. In the first quarter of this year, according to government …

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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

In the past, energy companies typically kept the operational systems that run pipelines or power plants disconnected, or “air gapped,” from the broader internet, which meant that hackers could not easily gain access to the most critical infrastructure. But increasingly that’s no longer the case, as companies install more sophisticated monitoring and diagnostics software that …

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How the Colonial Pipeline Became a Vital Artery for Fuel

The reason for their decline is the “energy independence” that has been a White House goal since the Nixon administration. As shale exploration and production boomed beginning around 2005, refineries on the Gulf Coast had easy access to natural gas and oil produced in Texas. That gave them an enormous competitive advantage over the East …

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