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Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018


WASHINGTON Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia. | Video

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U.N. chief urges global rules for cyber warfare Feb 19 2018

LISBON U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for global rules to minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as massive cyber attacks look likely to become the first salvoes in future wars.

Malicious cyber activity cost U.S. up to $109 billion in 2016: White House report Feb 16 2018

WASHINGTON Malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016, the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated in a report on Friday.

Intel hit with 32 lawsuits over security flaws Feb 16 2018

Intel Corp said on Friday shareholders and customers had filed 32 class action lawsuits against the company in connection with recently-disclosed security flaws in its microchips.

Hackers stole $6 million from Russian bank via SWIFT system: central bank Feb 16 2018

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia Unknown hackers stole 339.5 million roubles ($6 million) from a Russian bank last year in an attack using the SWIFT international payments messaging system, the Russian central bank said on Friday.

White House blames Russia for 'reckless' NotPetya cyber attack Feb 16 2018

WASHINGTON/LONDON The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe.

Kremlin rejects U.S. accusation that Russia is behind cyber attack Feb 16 2018

MOSCOW Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he denies Russia was responsible for the 'NotPetya' cyber attack last year, after the White House on Thursday joined the British government in accusing Moscow of the attack.

U.S. spy agencies to brief state officials on election threats Feb 15 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. intelligence and security agencies will meet with senior election officials from all 50 states this weekend to lay out threats to the integrity of U.S. elections and security measures they can take, the top U.S. spy agency said on Thursday.

UK blames Russia for cyber attack, Moscow decries Western campaign Feb 15 2018

LONDON/MOSCOW Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which swept across Europe and beyond, hitting companies and other users after initially targeting Ukraine.

Russia denies British allegations that Moscow was behind cyber-attack Feb 15 2018

MOSCOW Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday Russia categorically denies allegations from a British official that Russia was responsible for the "NotPetya" cyber-attack last year.

U.S. Democrats push $1 billion bill for election security Feb 14 2018

WASHINGTON Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cyber security of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration's efforts to protect polls from hackers.

Russian gets 12 years in U.S. prison for role in hacking scheme Feb 14 2018

NEW YORK A Russian citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in a computer hacking scheme that compromised more than 160 million credit card numbers and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town Feb 14 2018

SAN FRANCISCO They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology.

U.S. Energy Department forming cyber protection unit for power grids Feb 14 2018

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said on Wednesday it is establishing an office to protect the nation's power grid and other infrastructure against cyber attacks and natural disasters.

UK minister touts automated effort to combat extremism online Feb 13 2018

Britain has partnered with a London-based firm to develop an algorithm that can identify terrorist content online with greater accuracy than anything previously known, Home Secretary Amber Rudd told tech leaders in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.

Telegram app was targeted by crypto mining malware, Kaspersky Lab says Feb 13 2018

MOSCOW Previously undetected malware directed at users of the desktop version of the messaging app Telegram has been discovered by the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, Kaspersky said on Tuesday.

'Olympic Destroyer' malware targeted Pyeongchang Games: firms Feb 13 2018

Several U.S. cyber security firms said on Monday that they had uncovered a computer virus dubbed "Olympic Destroyer" that was likely used in an attack on Friday's opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Russia says hackers stole more than $17 million from its banks in 2017 Feb 13 2018

MAGNITOGORSK, Russia Hackers stole more than 1 billion roubles ($17 million) from Russian banks using the Cobalt Strike security-testing tool in 2017, a central bank official said on Tuesday.

France's Thales sees more cybersecurity sales after strong 2017 Feb 12 2018

PARIS French defense electronics group Thales enjoyed a jump in sales at its cybersecurity business in 2017 and expects further strong growth in the coming years, said executive Laurent Maury.

U.S., UK government websites infected with crypto-mining malware: report Feb 11 2018

Thousands of websites, including ones run by U.S. and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies, technology news site The Register reported.