U.S. blames Russia for crippling 2017 ‘NotPetya’ cyber attack

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 15 : The United States on Thursday publicly blamed Russia for carrying out the so-called NotPetya cyber attack last year that crippled government and business computers in Ukraine before spreading around the world. The statement by the White House came hours after the British government attributed the attack to Russia, […]

Google’s app network quietly becomes huge growth engine

By Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15 : Google makes ads show up in more smartphone apps than any other technology company. That is the core of a resurgent business for parent Alphabet Inc . Google’s ad network unit has posted three straight quarters of year-over-year double-digit sales increases. The business is nearing $20 billion […]

US senators voice concern over Chinese access to intellectual property

By Doina Chiacu and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Feb 13 : China is trying to gain access to sensitive U.S. technologies and intellectual properties through telecommunications companies, academia and joint business ventures, U.S. senators and spy chiefs warned on Tuesday at a Senate hearing. Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said […]

Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam -researchers

By Eric AuchardFRANKFURT, Jan 18 : Lebanon’s intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say. Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security (GDGS) has run more than 10 campaigns since at […]

Trump, Obama dominate Twitter year, but chicken nuggets prevail

By Daniel Trotta Undated, Dec 5 : – US President Donald Trump continued to dominate Twitter in 2017 even though former President Barack Obama’s tweets were more liked and both were blown away by one man’s quest for free chicken nuggets. Twitter revealed the year’s most liked and retweeted tweets on Tuesday, reflecting how a […]

Facebook rolls out messenger app for kids under 13

By Daniel Trotta Undated, Dec 4 : Facebook Inc on Monday rolled out Messenger Kids, an app that lets the world’s biggest social media company expand into a so-far untapped market of kids under 13 while also giving parents complete control over what their children see. Facebook normally requires users to be at least 13 […]