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Broadcom to acquire VMware in $61B deal

Broadcom, a semiconductor and infrastructure software company, announced Thursday that it is acquiring VMware, the enterprise software firm, in an eye-popping $61 billion cash and stock deal. The news comes on the heels of reports on the potential acquisition over the weekend. VMware ranked first for market share in the global virtualization...

Regulators slam Twitter with $150M fine over using consumer security data for advertising

Twitter on Wednesday agreed to pay a $150 million dollar civil penalty and follow new data privacy practices in order to settle allegations that the company used data collected for account-security purposes for advertising without customer awareness. A complaint the Justice Department filed this week on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission...

FBI asks for more than $100M in cyber and data-related increases for 2023

The FBI is asking for an additional $106 million in its fiscal 2023 budget to address a range of cybersecurity issues, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in prepared testimony before a congressional committee Wednesday. The cyber-related requests make up nearly a third of the $324.6 million needed for various “program enhancements” Wray said,...

Head of DOD artificial intelligence command warns Pentagon must improve to beat China on AI

The U.S. military’s top expert on artificial intelligence (AI) said Wednesday that the Pentagon must up its game to ensure American supremacy in a future era where artificial intelligence will determine success on the battlefield. China aims to dominate the world in the AI space by 2030, the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Director Lt....

INTERPOL hauls in alleged Nigerian cybercrime ringleader

The cybercrime unit of the Nigeria Police Force alongside INTERPOL arrested a 37-year-old Nigerian man for allegedly running a massive cybercrime operation that used phishing campaigns and business email compromise schemes to scam companies and individual victims. The arrest, announced Wednesday, follows a major global sting last year that resulted...

Democrats press Google to overhaul data location practices to protect abortion-seekers

More than 40 Democrats sent a letter to Google Tuesday calling on the company to overhaul its collection and retention of location data that prosecutors could use to prosecute people obtaining abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned. “If abortion is made illegal by the far-right Supreme Court and Republican lawmakers, it is inevitable that right-wing...

Hunter Biden emails that Trump allies shared contain signs of possible 'tampering,' analysis suggests

Several emails within a cache of more than 128,700 emails allegedly associated with a Hunter Biden laptop that allies of and former staff of President Donald Trump are circulating show “signs of tampering,” according to a recent analysis. Distributed Denial of Secrets, a nonprofit transparency journalism outlet focused on bringing newsworthy...

Advocates urge Amazon to drop controversial DHS surveillance program

Digital and human rights activists are demanding that Amazon Web Services drop out of a contract to host the Department of Homeland Security’s next-generation biometric data-hosting system. “This mass biometric data collection by DHS is a deep invasion of privacy, an assault on human rights, and places hundreds of millions of people at risk of...

Senate report criticizes feds' approach to ransomware investigations

A report that Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued on Tuesday asserts that ransomware attacks are surging even as federal efforts to respond to them are not up to the task. The report, which focuses on the use of cryptocurrency to execute such attacks, concludes that the government is struggling...

Network of hyperlocal Russian Telegram channels spew disinformation in occupied Ukraine

The Russian disinformation effort in Ukraine is so extensive that it now includes a hyperlocal Telegram network which spews disinformation customized to resonate in individual towns across occupied Ukraine, according to recent research published by the Ukrainian think tank Detector Media. The channels, which are anonymous, are used to “legitimize...

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