Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

Google Play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware

FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data

FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data

The FBI director James Comey is suggesting an international approach to solving the encryption debate. He proposes that the U.S. might work with other countries on a “framework” for creating legal access to encrypted tech devices.

Snowden's ex-boss offers tips on stopping insider threats

Snowden's ex-boss offers tips on stopping insider threats

Steven Bay, a former defense contractor, knows a thing or two about insider threats. For a brief period, he was the boss of Edward Snowden, the famous leaker who stole sensitive files from the National Security Agency.

Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger

Google cites progress in Android security, but patching issues linger

The chances of you installing malware on your Android phone is incredibly small, according to Google.

UK follows US ban of electronic devices in cabins on some flights

UK follows US ban of electronic devices in cabins on some flights

The U.K. is joining the U.S. in its ban restricting passengers from bringing some electronic devices onto flights from the Middle East.

Russia will strike US elections again, FBI warns

Russia will strike US elections again, FBI warns

Future U.S. elections may very well face Russian attempts to interfere with the outcome, the FBI and the National Security Agency warned on Monday.

Minnesota police seek data on who Googled a victim's name

Minnesota police seek data on who Googled a victim's name

Local police in Minnesota are trying to solve a bank fraud scheme by demanding Google give up data on people who looked up key search terms that may be related to crime.

Yahoo breach exposes the drawbacks of state-sponsored hacking

Yahoo breach exposes the drawbacks of state-sponsored hacking

When governments turn to private hackers to carry out state-sponsored attacks, as the FBI alleges Russia did in the 2014 breach of Yahoo, they're taking a big risk.

US faces limits in busting Russian agents over Yahoo breach

US faces limits in busting Russian agents over Yahoo breach

In a rare move, the U.S. has indicted two Russian government agents for their suspected involvement in a massive Yahoo data breach. But what now?

Crime ring used Amazon, eBay to sell stolen printer ink

Crime ring used Amazon, eBay to sell stolen printer ink

A dozen suspects are accused of raking in at least $12 million by putting stolen ink cartridges and retail electronics up for sale on Amazon and eBay, New York’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

Mirai is the hydra of IoT security: too many heads to cut off

Mirai is the hydra of IoT security: too many heads to cut off

Efforts to stop Mirai, a malware found infecting thousands of IoT devices, have become a game of whack-a-mole, with differing opinions over whether hackers or the security community are making any headway.

WikiLeaks dump brings CIA spying powers into the spotlight

WikiLeaks dump brings CIA spying powers into the spotlight

Has the CIA ever spied on you? That’s a key question swirling around Tuesday’s WikiLeaks document dump that allegedly detail the U.S. agency’s secret hacking tools.

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