Gears & Gadgets

These firms promise high-tech ransomware solutions—but typically just pay hackers

Enlarge / Cryptolocker was one of the ransomware pioneers, bringing together file encryption and bitcoin payment. Christiaan Colen / Flickr This story was originally published by ProPublica. It appears here under a Creative Commons license. From 2015 to 2018, a strain of ransomware known as SamSam paralyzed computer networks across North America and the UK […]

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The FCC says it plans to block China Mobile in the U.S. in another swipe at Chinese telecom firms

U.S. officials are moving to block China’s state-owned telecom company from operating in the United States, citing the firm as a spying risk and widening a rift between the two countries over the security of Chinese technology products. If approved, the plan by the Federal Communications Commission would deny permission to China Mobile, whose U.S. […]