Technology

For Bank Heist Hackers, the Philippines Was a Handy Black Hole

By John Chalmers and Karen Lema MANILA, March 21 – In February 2013, the Philippines was up against a deadline to amend its Anti-Money Laundering Act and get itself off the ‘grey list’ of a global watchdog, and lawmakers were bickering over whether to include casinos under the legislation. With one day to go, a

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets Propaganda Czar in China Charm Drive

By Matthew Miller and Paul Carsten BEIJING, March 20 – Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met China’s propaganda tsar Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday as part of a charm offensive in one of the few markets where the social network cannot be accessed. The rare meeting, reported by China’s state news agency Xinhua,

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Software, Printer Problems Delayed Discovery of Bangladesh Heist

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA, March 17 – The cyber thieves who stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank hid their tracks by installing malware that manipulated a central bank printer to hide evidence of the heist, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Earlier, two central bank officials filed a police report that said that

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Human-Like Robot May One Day Care for Dementia Patients

By Paige Lim SINGAPORE, March 7 – With her brown hair, soft skin and expressive face, Nadine is a new brand of human-like robot that could one day, scientists hope, be used as a personal assistant or care provider for the elderly. The 1.7-metre tall Nadine was created in the likeness of its maker, Nadia

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Apple Users Targeted in First Known Mac Ransomware Campaign

By Jim Finkle BOSTON, March 7 – Apple Inc customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks Inc told Reuters on Sunday. Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on

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Police Say Criminals Like Apple iPhones Because of Encryption

By Dan Levine March 4 – Some criminals have switched to new iPhones as their “device of choice” to commit wrongdoing due to strong encryption Apple Inc has placed on their products, three law enforcement groups said in a court filing. The groups told a judge overseeing Apple’s battle with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Google Says its Engineers Working with UNICEF to Map Zika

SAO PAULO, March 3 – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyse data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil. Google said in a statement it was providing a $1

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U.S. Military Invites Pre-Approved Experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

By Andrea Shalal SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 – The Pentagon on Wednesday invited outside hackers who have been vetted to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, the first such program ever by the federal government. “Hack the Pentagon” is modeled after similar

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New York Judge Backs Apple in Encryption Fight With Government

By Julia Harte, Julia Edwards and Julia Love Mar. 1 – The U.S. government cannot force Apple Inc to unlock an iPhone in a New York drug case, a federal judge in Brooklyn said on Monday, a ruling that bolsters the company’s arguments in its landmark legal showdown with the Justice Department over encryption and

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U.S. Looks to Facebook, Private Groups to Battle Online Extremism

By Julia Harte and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 25 – The U.S. government, acknowledging its limited success in combating Islamic extremist messaging, is recruiting tech companies, community organizations and educational groups to take the lead in disrupting online radicalization. The change in strategy, which took a step forward on Wednesday when the Justice Department convened

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