Cybersecurity

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Facebook says that it has discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts and that it's not yet clear whether any information was accessed or any accounts were otherwise misused.

The vulnerability that caused the breach was found Tuesday and was fixed on Thursday night, Facebook says. It was the result of bugs introduced into Facebook's code in July 2017. No passwords or credit card numbers were stolen, the company says.

County boards of elections in Ohio are bringing in experts to size up whether their computer systems are vulnerable to hackers.

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Starting July 24, the newest version of the Google Chrome is notifying users anytime they try to access an unencrypted or unsecure page.  HTTP sites are less safe than those beginning with HTTPS, which prevents eavesdropping and tampering from third parties. The tech giant has been trying to push for more secure sites on the Internet.   Today on Tech Tuesday, we discuss Google’s latest move toward greater user security. We’ll also talk about possible regulations on Columbus AirBnB and other short-term rentals in the city.  

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An Akron man has been arrested and charged with a cyber attack last year that shut down two of the city’s main government websites.

Thirty-two-year-old James Robinson is charged with causing a “distributed denial of service” attack on the city’s website, akronohio.gov, as well as the Akron Police website, akroncops.org, on Aug. 1 of last year. The attacks essentially consisted of flooding the servers with traffic, causing them to shut down.

Taft IT High School is launching what Cincinnati Public Schools believes is the first-in-the-country cybersecurity certificate program.

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Swing states, and even individual precincts within those states, present a significant point of vulnerability when it comes to the threat of election interference because of their potential to impact the result in a presidential race, the current secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and one of her key predecessors both told senators Wednesday.

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As the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea continue, cybersecurity officials have been combating hackers and other cyberattacks. We'll take a look at who's been targeted, who's potentially behind these attacks, and what is being done to prevent further breaches.

We'll also take a look at how search engines are influenced by our own prejudices.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reached out to elections officials in Ohio and 20 other states, which have confirmed they were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election. Ohio’s chief elections official said he thinks the story isn't as shocking as it may seem.

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In a world of seemingly endless data, some entrepreneurs are working to use big data to make our cities "smarter." Similar to how Google Maps uses data to make commuting more efficient, big data can be harnessed to help improve the functioning of schools, law enforcement and emergency responders. Today we'll discuss the potential of smart cities, whether cyber security should be a human right and Verizon's new unlimited data plan.

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The U.S. Treasury Department has modified sanctions against Russia, allowing U.S. companies to interact with Russia's domestic intelligence agency, the FSB.

The sanctions were imposed by the Obama administration on Dec. 29 in the wake of Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign, and were meant to deprive the FSB of access to some technologies.

The incoming Trump administration has found a job for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The Trump team announced Thursday that Giuliani will "be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend" on cyber-security matters. Giuliani was a surrogate and adviser to Trump during the campaign. He had reportedly been under consideration for a variety of high-level posts in the new Trump administration, including Secretary of State, a job he expressed interest in. But no such high-level post was offered.

Tech Tuesday: Year in Review

Dec 20, 2016
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This year one of the biggest tech issues facing both the government and private citizens was cybersecurity. Today we'll discuss the DNC hacking, the Note 7 failure and the future of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. 

DNC Breach and the Threat of Cyber Espionage

Jun 16, 2016
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With the news that Russian hackers stole Democratic National Committee campaign data, the threats of cyber espionage and cyber attacks from foreign entities are all the more real. 

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The number of people using their smartphones for payments has been on the rise, but questions remain over how safe this practice is. And, why major cyber attacks continue to take place and what is being done to stop them. Also on this hour, the latest in tech gadgets. 

Tech Tuesday: America’s views on Privacy & Bitcoin

May 26, 2015
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A recent survey by the PEW research center has revealed that Americans are more concerned than ever about the need to protect their privacy online. Plus, the digital currency Bitcoin is gaining wider acceptance as a legitimate alternative currency.