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UNITED STATES

US sues VW for at least $20bn over emissions cheating

The US government sued Volkswagen Monday for installing equipment on nearly 600,000 diesel cars that intentionally subverted clean-air regulations...

IRAN

Washington Post reporter faces spy trial in Iran

TEHRAN, IRAN: The detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian faces trial for espionage and three other charges including "collaboration with hostile governments", his lawyer told AFP on Monday...

FRANCE

European privacy watchdogs probe Facebook; EU wants to 'finalise' Google market abuse probe

PARIS, FRANCE: European data protection authorities have joined forces to probe Facebook's privacy controls, a French watchdog said on Thursday, putting the popular US social media giant under fresh pressure...

UNITED STATES

US charges filed in largest internet breach on record

WASHINGTON DC, US: US authorities have revealed charges against two Vietnamese nationals and one Canadian in connection with a computer fraud scheme to steal more than one billion email addresses...

UNITED STATES

As hacking grows, biometric security gains momentum

WASHINGTON DC, US: With hackers seemingly running rampant online and millions of users compromised, efforts for stronger online identity protection - mainly using biometrics - are gaining momentum...

SOUTH AFRICA

UNITED STATES

ISIS threatens Twitter founder

WASHINGTON DC, US: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Twitter are now being targeted by Islamic militants for suspending certain accounts...

UNITED STATES

Fierce battle looms on US 'open Internet' rules

WASHINGTON, US: US regulators meet Thursday to vote on rules aimed at heading off Internet "fast lanes," although it may not be the end of a years-long battle...

UNITED STATES

Obama ranks N Korea cyber capabilities as not so good

WASHINGTON, US: Iran is "good," China and Russia are "very good," but North Korea's cyber attack capabilities are actually not that great, according to an impromptu ranking by US President Barack Obama...

UNITED STATES

Journalist linked to Anonymous gets five years' prison

WASHINGTON, US: A journalist also known as an informal spokesperson for the hacker group Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday...

UNITED KINGDOM

Social networks 'in denial' on extremist use: senior UK spy

LONDON, UK: Social media sites have become "the command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists", the new head of Britain's electronic spying agency GCHQ says...

SOUTH AFRICA

Hyundai, Kia to pay USD100m over fuel economy suit

WASHINGTON: Hyundai and Kia agreed to pay $100 million on Monday, 3 November, to settle a US government investigation into exaggerated fuel efficiency on 2012 and 2013 car models sold in the United States by the South Korean automakers.

UNITED STATES

Online dating services uses fake profiles

WASHINGTON, USA: A British-based online dating service admitted to US regulators that it created fake, computer-generated profiles to lure users into upgraded memberships.

UNITED STATES

Warning of major hacking attack on the USA

WASHINGTON, USA: Cyber attacks might be taking a toll now, but just wait: a survey of experts says things are likely to get even worse in the US over the next decade.

UNITED STATES

Credit card hacking is US's top crime fear

WASHINGTON, USA: Credit card hacking is the number one crime on Americans' worry list, far above being mugged or murdered, according to a Gallup survey released this week.

UNITED STATES

Hackers targeting mobile phones for banking information

WASHINGTON, USA: Hackers are increasingly targeting mobile phones to access bank accounts of victims and steal their money, security researchers warn.

UNITED STATES

Pew says online harassment levels high in US

WASHINGTON, USA: About 40% of US internet users say they have been harassed online, and nearly three-quarters have seen this problem, according to a survey released this week.

UNITED STATES

Woman stuck in chimney after online dating goes sour

LOS ANGELES, USA: US firefighters rescued a woman from a chimney after she got stuck while allegedly breaking into the home of a man she met online.

UNITED STATES

Underground bank founder pleads not guilty

NEW YORK, USA: A man accused of founding an online underworld bank that allegedly laundered $6bn for criminals, including child pornographers and drug traffickers, pleaded not guilty before a New York court this week.

UNITED STATES

Windows flaws let Russian hackers spy on NATO

WASHINGTON, USA: Hackers based in Russia used a flaw in Microsoft Windows to spy on NATO, European governments and other organisations as far back as 2009, security researchers have found.

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