Technology

FBI Would Gain New Hacking Power if Search Warrant Rules Change

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, April 27 – U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants giving law enforcement agents power to access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas, under a controversial rule change likely to be approved by the Supreme Court by May 1. Magistrate judges can normally only order searches within the

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Five Things to Know About Mitsubishi Motors Scandal

TOKYO, April 28 – Automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) says it used non-compliant fuel economy testing methods in Japan for as long as a quarter of a century. Following are some details on the cheating scandal: * What did MMC do, and why? It rigged test data to overstate fuel economy readings of four mini-vehicle

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Qatar National Bank Investigating Alleged Data Hack

By Tom Finn DOHA, April 28 – Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East and Africa by assets, is investigating an alleged security breach of data posted online this week that revealed the names and passwords of a large number of customers. A 1.5 GB trove of leaked documents includes the bank

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FBI Decides Provisionally Not to Share iPhone Unlock: Sources

By Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, April 27  – The FBI has provisionally decided not to share an iPhone unlocking mechanism used by a contractor to open the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters because the agency does not own the mechanism, two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday. The FBI is

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Britain Looking at Blockchain for Tracking Taxpayer Money, Payments

By Jemima Kelly LONDON, April 26 – The British government is exploring using the blockchain technology that underpins the bitcoin currency to increase efficiency in the distribution of taypayers’ money such as grants, a minister said on Tuesday. A blockchain works as a decentralised ledger that is verified and shared by a network of computers,

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Bangladesh Bank Hackers Compromised SWIFT Software, Warning to be Issued

By Jim Finkle April 25 – The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems. SWIFT, a cooperative owned by 3,000 financial institutions, confirmed to

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U.S. Drops N.Y. Fight with Apple After Gaining Access to IPhone

By Nate Raymond and Joseph Menn NEW YORK, April 23 – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday dropped its effort to force Apple Inc to help unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York after someone provided authorities the passcode to access the device. In a letter filed in federal court in Brooklyn,

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EU Charges Google With Abusing Market Dominance of Android

BRUSSELS, April 20 – Google found itself under fire again on Wednesday from EU antitrust regulators who say it abused the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system, a move which could hit a key money-spinner for the company. The charges by the European Commission open up a second battle with the world’s most

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Microsoft Sues U.S. Government Over Data Requests

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Seattle,

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