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U.S. lawmakers call on spy chief to rein in spread of hacking tools


U.S. lawmakers want the State Department and intelligence community to help rein in the sale of surveillance tools by private companies to repressive regimes, according to a letter signed by a bipartisan group of congressmen released on Monday.

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Cybersecurity firm Siemplify raises $30 million, brings total to $58 million May 20 2019

TEL AVIV U.S.-Israeli cybersecurity provider Siemplify said on Monday it raised $30 million in private funding, bringing its total raised to date to $58 million.

Days before elections, EU approves new cyber sanctions regime May 17 2019

BRUSSELS The European Union will directly penalize computer hackers after governments agreed on Friday a new mechanism to target individuals anywhere in the world, freezing their assets in the bloc and banning them from entry.

Canada's Trudeau pledges 'consequences' for disinformation on online platforms May 17 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday promised that efforts to regulate social media in Canada would include "meaningful financial consequences" for online platforms that fail to counter disinformation.

Police smash 'GozNym' cybercrime network that stole $100 million May 16 2019

THE HAGUE Police in six countries have dismantled a complex cybercrime network that operated from Eastern Europe and fleeced victims - including small businesses and charities - of some $100 million, Europe's police agency said on Thursday. | Video

Exclusive: Canadian security agencies alarmed by gaps in parties' networks as election approaches May 16 2019

OTTAWA Canadian security services are sounding the alarm about what they see as a potential weakness in political parties' cyber networks just months ahead of a federal election in October, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter say.

Israel should take action against firm linked to WhatsApp breach: Amnesty May 16 2019

TEL AVIV Amnesty International called on Thursday for Israel's government to ensure that an Israeli company, whose spyware has been linked to a WhatsApp breach that may have targeted human rights groups, be held accountable for the way its software is used.

Amid trade, Huawei furors, U.S. House panel launches China 'deep dive' May 16 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee launched on Thursday a "deep dive" focus on China this year and next, one of several moves by U.S. lawmakers focusing on what they see as troublesome activities by Beijing.

Lawmakers seek probe on U.S. hacking services sold globally May 15 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers are pushing legislation that would force the State Department to report what it is doing to control the spread of U.S. hacking tools around the world.

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach May 15 2019

TEL AVIV NSO Group's owner said it will do whatever necessary to ensure the Israeli firm's spyware does not undermine human rights, after Amnesty International sought to revoke the export license for NSO, which has been linked to a WhatsApp breach.

WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups May 15 2019

WASHINGTON WhatsApp said on Tuesday that a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using surveillance technology developed by a private company, and it may have targeted human rights groups. | Video

WhatsApp informs Irish regulator of 'serious security vulnerability' May 15 2019

DUBLIN Facebook's WhatsApp has informed its lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), of a serious security vulnerability on its platform, the DPC said on Tuesday.

New Intel security flaws could slow some chips by nearly 20% May 14 2019

Intel Corp and a group of security researchers on Tuesday said they had found a new set of security flaws in its processors that will be difficult to fix and are related to problems found last year.

G7 countries to simulate cross-border cyber attack next month: France May 10 2019

PARIS Leading Western industrial powers will for the first time jointly simulate a major cross-border cyber security attack on the financial sector next month, French officials said on Friday.

U.S. charges Chinese national in hacks of Anthem, other businesses May 09 2019

WASHINGTON A federal grand jury charged a Chinese national in a 2015 hacking campaign that affected large U.S. businesses including insurer Anthem Inc, where the breach affected a computer system containing data on nearly 80 million people, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday.

Hackers steal $41 million worth of bitcoin from Binance cryptocurrency exchange May 08 2019

HONG KONG Hackers stole bitcoin worth $41 million from Binance, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges, the company said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of thefts from cryptocurrency exchanges around the world. | Video

Two Israelis arrested in global 'dark' Internet probe May 07 2019

JERUSALEM Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of setting up a "dark" Internet site that was used to buy weapons, drugs and stolen credit cards, Israeli police said on Tuesday.

Quantcast latest tech company to face Irish privacy probe May 02 2019

DUBLIN U.S. digital advertising company Quantcast has became the latest technology firm to be investigated by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner.

Austrian construction group Porr hit by cyber attack May 02 2019

VIENNA Austrian construction company Porr detected a cyber attack on its communication infrastructure on Thursday and its telephone lines and emails were disrupted, the company said.

U.S. cyber spies unmasked many more American identities in 2018: U.S. report Apr 30 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. cyber spies last year unmasked the identities of nearly 17,000 U.S. citizens or residents who were in contact with foreign intelligence targets, a sharp increase from previous years attributed partly to hacking and other malicious cyber activity, according to a U.S. government report released on Tuesday.