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DHS moves to defend voter databases from ransomware attacks

The Department of Homeland Security is creating a program to keep voter registration databases from being infected with ransomware in an effort to avoid a disastrous Election Day scenario in which a malicious actor -- either a meddling government or an opportunistic criminal -- would lock up the systems used to verify who is allowed to vote.

WannaCry ransomware hero to remain free

Marcus Hutchins, the British cybersecurity researcher who gained notoriety for stopping a destructive worldwide virus before being arrested by the FBI on hacking charges, won't face additional prison time, a judge ruled Friday.

How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi probably thought the messages he was sending to fellow Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz were hidden, cloaked in WhatsApp security. In reality they were compromised -- along with the rest of Abdulaziz's phone, which had allegedly been infected by Pegasus, a powerful piece of malware designed to spy on its users.