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UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 6:32 p.m.

France warns of risk of war in cyberspace

Cyberspace faces an approaching risk of “permanent war” between states and criminal or extremist organizations because of increasingly destructive hacking attacks, the head of the French government’s cybersecurity agency warned …

Few cyberattack victims are paying hackers because using bitcoin is hard

An unprecedented cyberattack swept across the globe over the weekend, but so far the majority of victims haven’t paid hackers a ransom.

U.S. watched Russia hack French systems during election

The United States watched Russians hack France’s computer networks during the election and tipped off French officials before it became public, a U.S. cyber official told the Senate on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 7:26 p.m.

French cybersecurity agency to probe Macron hacking attack

France’s election campaign commission said Saturday “a significant amount of data” – and some fake information – has been leaked on social networks following a hacking attack on centrist Emmanuel …

Can hack but can’t shoot? FBI may ease entry for cyber agents

Aspiring federal agents who can hack a computer with ease but can’t shoot their way out of a paper bag could soon find the FBI to be more welcoming.

UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:41 p.m.

Officials approve funding for $90M cybersecurity center

Idaho state officials approve the use of $90 million worth of bonds for the construction of two new buildings at a federal research facility

Trump pledges strengthened cybersecurity but doesn’t sign order

President Donald Trump pledged Tuesday to strengthen the government’s ability to protect its computer networks, but then canceled plans to sign an executive order on cybersecurity without explanation.

Idaho Gov. Otter orders cybersecurity improvements for Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed an executive order aimed at protecting the state’s computer networks from hackers. The order signed Monday creates a director of Information Security position, with …

How bad is cybersecurity czar Giuliani at cybersecurity? His company website is a mess

President-elect Donald Trump tapped Rudy Giuliani as his “go to” guy this week on cybersecurity, but it turns out that Giuliani’s New York firm could use a little better security …

Wary of Russian cyber threat, France plans to bolster its army of ‘digital soldiers’

Bracing for the new cyber front in warfare, French Defense Ministry Jean Yves Le Drian said France is ramping up its defenses and doubling its ranks of “digital soldiers.” In …

Consumer Confidential: Hackers will grow increasingly bold in 2017

The new year begins with two big unanswered questions on the cybercrime front: Did the Russians influence the U.S. presidential election, and how did hackers gain access to 1.5 billion …

U.S. electricity grid faces a changing threat environment, report warns

At a time of heightened focus on U.S. cybersecurity risks, the Energy Department released a comprehensive report on the nation’s rapidly changing electrical grid Friday that calls for new action …

U.S. states, leery of Russia malware, re-examine cybersecurity

Several states around the country on Saturday asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility’s laptop was found to contain malware that U.S. officials say …

China vows to protect information security ‘using all means’

China will use all means necessary to protect its information security, including the use of its military, striking a hard line in the country’s first strategic report on cybersecurity.

Robert J. Samuelson: Cyberwar threat isn’t limited to Russia

Congress intends to investigate the Russian hacking. Fine. But if the investigation focuses only on Russia, it will fail before it starts. The problem is not just Russia’s bad behavior. …

Financial regulators outline new cybersecurity rules for banks

Banking regulators outlined a new set of rules Wednesday aimed at tightening cybersecurity requirements to protect financial markets and customers from online attacks.

Report: Yahoo secretly scanned users’ email

Pressure on Yahoo soared Tuesday after publication of a report that it had collaborated with U.S. intelligence agencies to secretly scan hundreds of millions of its clients’ emails.

As Russia reasserts itself, U.S. intelligence agencies focus anew on the Kremlin

U.S. intelligence agencies are expanding spying operations against Russia on a greater scale than at any time since the end of the Cold War, U.S. officials said.

Computer update exposed Washington voter info for several months

Some Washington voter information improperly exposed online but elections officials say problem fixed without any sign of a computer hack.

Intel to spin out McAfee cybersecurity unit into new company

Intel is spinning out its cybersecurity unit into a new company, called McAfee, in a deal with private equity firm TPG.

Hacking of Facebook founder serves as reminder to change passwords

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s rarely used Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts were briefly compromised on Sunday, serving as a reminder that everyone is susceptible to hacking.

LinkedIn confirms 2012 hack exposed 117 million passwords

LinkedIn says a 2012 breach resulted in more than 100 million of its users’ passwords being compromised – vastly more than previously thought.

Fight over San Bernardino gunman’s locked iPhone could have big impact

An extraordinary legal fight is brewing with major privacy implications for millions of cellphone users after a federal magistrate ordered Apple Inc. to help the FBI hack into an iPhone …

Pentagon plans huge, swift upgrade to Windows 10

The Department of Defense is embarking on a program to update millions of its computers to Windows 10, an unusually quick move for one of Microsoft’s massive government customers.

University of Idaho opens new cybersecurity training center in Post Falls

The rise in cyber crime is behind a new cyber security certification and training center in Post Falls, opened by the University of Idaho.

Cyber camp promotes jobs, pushes digital citizenship

Ah, summer camp. Dips in the lake, nature hikes, toasted marshmallows. Recalibrating administrator permissions and changing default passwords on routers.

Eye on Boise: Governor creates Idaho task force to battle hackers

Idaho’s state computer network is “constantly under attack,” according to Gov. Butch Otter’s office, and that’s why Otter has named a new Cybersecurity Cabinet Task Force, chaired by Lt. Gov. …

BBB Tip of the Week

Having your email or social media hacked is not a fun experience. Most people don’t find out until friends and family have received spam emails or posts. In fact, over …

Obama picks pair to lead efficiency bid

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Saturday named Jeffrey Zients, a longtime management consultant, as chief performance officer to head an effort to streamline government and cut costs. The selection …