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Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of privately owned providers. The study by the Univ...

Security firm says Chinese hackers intercepted text messages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers with a history of state-sponsored espionage have intercepted the text messages of thousands of foreigners in a targeted campaign that planted eavesdropping software o...

Study links Russian tweets to release of hacked emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election has generally been seen as two separate, unrelated tracks: hacking Democratic emails and sending provocative tweets. But a new study s...

Microsoft: Free Windows 7 security updates for 2020 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft says it'll offer free security updates through the 2020 election in the United States — and in other interested democratic countries with national elections next year — for...

Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America's most advanced weapo...

Hong Kong activists appeal to US lawmakers to help movement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists involved in months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are appealing to U.S. lawmakers to block the export by American companies of weapons and equipment used against pe...

Twitter shuts Chinese accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter said Monday it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kon...

APNewsBreak: US issuing hacking alert for small planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain ...

US attorney general says encryption creates security risk

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says increased encryption of data on phones and encrypted messaging apps are putting American security at risk. Barr's prepared commen...

Panel orders federal judge to reconsider Trump appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court wants a judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. ...

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to upd...

DOJ files to halt suit demanding Trump financial documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is challenging a federal judge's decision to allow a case to go forward that accuses President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. ...

Iowa, Nevada to launch caucus voting by phone for 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states' traditional nei...

Mystery of NSA leak lingers as stolen document case winds up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents descended on the suburban Maryland house with the flash and bang of a stun grenade, blocked off the street and spent hours questioning the homeowner about a theft of g...

On election security, these members bring a fresh(man) take

WASHINGTON (AP) — For eight weeks, a group of freshman members of Congress have been quietly meeting to tackle a problem they feel their more senior colleagues haven't done enough to address: election...