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NEWS THIS WEEK: Kaspersky ban underway for U.S. agencies; Equifax data breach lawsuits pile up; Europe plans new agency to quell cyber threats

By Byron V. Acohido The U.S. government moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyber espionage activities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke ordered that federal civilian agencies identify Kaspersky Lab software on their networks. After 90 days, unless otherwise directed, […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Equifax admits losing data for 143 consumers; Symantec finds dozens of U.S. power plants compromised; Trump wants hacked email lawsuit thrown out

By Byron V. Acohido Credit-reporting agency Equifax said hackers gained access to sensitive personal data—Social Security numbers, birth dates and home addresses—for up to 143 million Americans, a major cybersecurity breach at a firm that serves as one of the three major clearinghouses for credit histories. Equifax said the breach began in May and continued […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Scammers target hurricane victims; pacemakers at risk of being hacked; Tillerson signals closure of cybersecurity office

By Byron V. Acohido Scammers are using robocalls to try to fleece survivors of Hurricane Harvey. The robocalls tell people that their premiums are past due and that they must send money immediately or else have their flood insurance canceled. “That is pure fraud. You should only be taking information from trusted sources,” said Roy […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Identity theft hits record levels globally; Researchers find robots susceptible to hacks; Sen. McCain calls Trump’s cybersecurity policy ‘weak’

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, identity theft is reaching “epidemic levels,” says U.K. fraud prevention group Cifas, with people in their 30s the most targeted group. A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year, a 5 percent increase over the same period last year […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Ukrainian hacker with tied to DNC hack surrenders; Uber agrees to improve privacy; Scottish paliament hacked

By Byron V. Acohido In the news this week, a Ukrainian hacker called “Profexer” who built one of the tools used to penetrate the Democratic National Committee servers last year has turned himself in to authorities. The man, who first contacted Ukrainian police earlier this year, claims he wrote a piece of software called the […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Walmart tracks customers’ facial expressions; teachers hacked; Asians seek cyber insurance

By Byron V. Acohido In news this week, Walmart has filed a patent for video technology to track customers’ facial expressions as they shop, potentially allowing employees to address customer needs before they have to ask. The system would use video to scan for customers who are frustrated or unhappy if they can’t find a product […]

NEWS THIS WEEK: Anthem exposes medicare patients’ records; hackers easily break into voting machines; white supremisist hacks billboards

By Byron V. Acohido In news this week, it turns out the HBO hack may have been far worse than the initial leaks of a few unaired TV show episodes suggested. A security company hired by HBO to scrub search results for the hacked files from search engines says hackers stole “thousands of Home Box […]