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China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly'

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BEIJING China's top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be "orderly" and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

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Trump administration releases rules on disclosing cyber flaws Nov 15 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration publicly released on Wednesday its rules for deciding whether to disclose cyber security flaws or keep them secret, in an effort to bring more transparency to a process that has long been cloaked in mystery.

Court adjourns appeal hearing for U.S. extradition of Russian cyber crime suspect Nov 15 2017

ATHENS Greece's Supreme Court adjourned an appeal hearing on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian suspected of masterminding a $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring.

Russia attacked energy, telecom and media in Britain: government official Nov 14 2017

Russian cyber operatives have attacked Britain's media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year, according to prepared remarks by the head of the government's main cyber defense agency.

About 15 percent of U.S. agencies found Kaspersky Lab software: official Nov 14 2017

WASHINGTON About 15 percent of U.S. government agencies have detected some trace of Russian company Kaspersky Lab's software on their systems in a review prompted by concerns the antivirus firm is vulnerable to Kremlin influence, a security official told Congress on Tuesday.

U.S. government shares technical details on North Korean hacking campaign Nov 14 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. government on Tuesday issued a technical alert about cyber attacks it said are sponsored by the North Korean government that have targeted the aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries since 2016.

Fashion retailer Forever 21 reports payment card security breach Nov 14 2017

Fashion retailer Forever 21 said on Tuesday there had been unauthorized access to data from payment cards used at certain of its stores.

Dutch central bank sets up 'friendly' hacking team to attack own banks: report Nov 14 2017

AMSTERDAM The Netherlands' central bank (DNB) is setting up a team of cyber security experts and hackers to attack the country's own financial infrastructure in order to test and improve its defenses, Het Financieele Dagblad reported on Tuesday.

Travelers says it is in 'right spot' for cyber insurance exposure Nov 13 2017

Travelers Cos Inc plans to stick to its recent growth pace for sales of cyber insurance, which protects businesses against hacking and other liabilities, despite potential to boost it, as the insurer assesses risks in the segment, its head of specialty insurance said on Monday.

Nepal bank latest victim in cyber heists, recovers most of the funds Nov 10 2017

(This version of the Nov 7 story corrects headline, paragraph 1 to clarify the bank's system, not SWIFT's, was hacked)

Mobile-app errors expose data on 180 million phones: security firm Nov 09 2017

A simple coding error in at least 685 apps put millions of smartphone users at risk of having some of their calls and text messages intercepted by hackers, cyber-security firm Appthority warned on Thursday.

U.S. Senate panel advances crackdown on online sex trafficking Nov 08 2017

WASHINGTON A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation to make it easier to penalize operators of websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, the most concrete action from Congress this year to tighten regulation of internet companies.

Day trader accused of online brokerage hacking is indicted in Brooklyn Nov 08 2017

NEW YORK A self-described day trader who ran a "cyber boiler room" scheme to trade illegally through more than 50 hacked online brokerage accounts, causing over $2 million of losses for brokerage firms servicing those accounts, was indicted on Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors in Brooklyn said.

U.S. House panel advances bill aimed at limiting NSA spying program Nov 08 2017

WASHINGTON A U.S. House panel on Wednesday passed legislation seeking to overhaul some aspects of the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming criticism from civil liberties advocates that it did not include enough safeguards to protect Americans' privacy.

Ex-agent in Silk Road probe gets more prison time for bitcoin theft Nov 07 2017

A former U.S. Secret Service agent sentenced to nearly six years in prison for stealing bitcoins during a probe into the online drug marketplace Silk Road was sentenced on Tuesday to an additional two years for another digital currency theft.

Nepal recovers 'most' of the money hacked from bank Nov 07 2017

KATHMANDU A bank in Nepal has recovered most of the money stolen after its SWIFT server was hacked last month, two officials, involved in the investigation of the Himalayan nation's first reported cyber heist, said on Tuesday.

Vietnam's neighbors, ASEAN, targeted by hackers: report Nov 07 2017

SINGAPORE A hacking group previously linked to the Vietnamese government or working on its behalf has broken into the computers of neighboring countries as well as a grouping of Southeast Asian nations, according to cybersecurity company Volexity.

Bill to fight online sex-trafficking seen poised to advance in U.S. Senate Nov 06 2017

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Legislation in the U.S. Senate to crack down on websites accused of promoting sex trafficking won praise on Monday from experts and activists who said the measure was poised to move forward.

Equifax probes legal officer's role in post-breach share sales: WSJ Nov 06 2017

An special committee of Equifax Inc's board is investigating the role the credit reporting company's chief legal officer played in approving share sales by four executives days after suspicious activity was discovered in its systems, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Kaspersky acknowledges taking inactive files in pursuit of hackers Nov 04 2017

SAN FRANCISCO Eugene Kaspersky said his company's widely used antivirus software has copied files that did not threaten the personal computers of those customers, a sharp departure from industry practice that could increase suspicions that the Moscow-based firm aids Russian spies.