Kevin Collier
Kevin Collier
Reporter @nbcnews: cybers, disinfo, privacy, policy, elections, etc. From West Virginia. Tip me! Kevin.Collier@nbcuni.com, DMs open, Signal 304-397-0724.Source
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Net Neutrality Fake Comments: How Political Operatives Duped Ajit Pai's FCC

Net Neutrality Fake Comments: How Political Operatives Duped Ajit Pai's FCC

Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, where her mother appeared to have posted a weighing in on a bitter policy battle for control of the internet. Something was very wrong.For a start, Annie Reeves, who loved to lead children’s sing-alongs at the Alaska Zoo, had never followed wonky policy debates. She barely knew her way around the web, let alone held strident views on how it should be regulated — and, according to her daughter, she definitely didn’t post angry comments on...

October 4, 2019
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Hackers try to extort Apple after stealing files from manufacturer

Hackers try to extort Apple after stealing files from manufacturer

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.April 23, 2021, 1:14 AM UTCUpdated April 23, 2021, 2:54 AM UTCBy Kevin CollierA hacker gang has stolen files from a company that manufactures Apple products and is openly trying to extort the tech giant in exchange for not leaking them.Apple declined to comment on whether it intended to pay. The hackers' extortion letter to the company remained online Thursday night.The Taiwanese company that was hacked, Quanta, makes a range of computer products, including the .The hackers, who posted the extortion letter...

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U.S. issues warning after Microsoft says China hacked its mail server program

U.S. issues warning after Microsoft says China hacked its mail server program

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.March 3, 2021, 11:33 PM UTCBy Kevin CollierThe U.S. has issued an after Microsoft said it caught China hacking into its mail and calendar server program, called Exchange.The perpetrator, , is a hacker group that the company has "high confidence" is working for the Chinese government and spies primarily on American targets. The latest software update for Exchange blocks the hackers, prompting the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, to issue a that requires all government networks...

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Gab, a social platform favored by the far right, says it was hacked

Gab, a social platform favored by the far right, says it was hacked

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Hackers post detailed patient medical records from two hospitals to the dark web

Hackers post detailed patient medical records from two hospitals to the dark web

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Feb. 5, 2021, 7:26 PM UTCBy Kevin CollierHackers have published extensive patient information from two U.S. hospital chains in an apparent attempt to extort them for money.The files, which number in at least the tens of thousands and were posted to a blog on the dark web that the hackers use to name and extort their victims, includes patients’ personal identifying information, like their names, addresses and birthdays, as well as their medical diagnoses. They come from the Leon Medical Centers, which serves...

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Some pro-Trump extremists used Facebook to plan Capitol attack, report finds

Some pro-Trump extremists used Facebook to plan Capitol attack, report finds

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 19, 2021, 10:14 PM UTCBy Kevin CollierA number of pro-Trump extremists used Facebook to plan their attack on the U.S. Capitol, a watchdog organization has found, contradicting claims by Facebook's leadership that such planning was largely done on other sites.Private Facebook groups spent months advising one another about how to "take down" the U.S. government, particularly after Joe Biden was elected president, according to a from the nonprofit Tech Transparency Group, which tracked several of them.Many...

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A hacker tried to poison a Calif. water supply. It was as easy as entering a password.

A hacker tried to poison a Calif. water supply. It was as easy as entering a password.

On Jan. 15, a hacker tried to poison a water treatment plant that served parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. It didn't seem hard. The hacker had the username and password for a former employee's TeamViewer account, a popular program that lets users remotely control their computers, according to a private report compiled by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in February and seen by NBC News. After logging in, the hacker, whose name and motive are unknown and who hasn't been identified by law enforcement, deleted programs that the water plant used to treat drinking...

Jun 8
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Energy Department says it was hacked in suspected Russian campaign

Energy Department says it was hacked in suspected Russian campaign

Dec. 18, 2020, 12:14 AM UTCBy Kevin Collier and Laura StricklerThe Energy Department was hacked as part of a massive, ongoing campaign against the U.S. government, a spokesperson said Thursday, making it the latest confirmed agency to have been breached by Russian spies.A number of federal agencies have been hit by a massive monthslong breach, which officials believe is the work of Russian intelligence, leaving the government scrambling to find out what was infected and how much information was stolen."The investigation is ongoing and the response to this incident is happening in real...

Dec 18
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Suspected Russian hacking campaign has hit over 40 victims, Microsoft says

Suspected Russian hacking campaign has hit over 40 victims, Microsoft says

Dec. 18, 2020, 4:28 AM UTCBy Kevin CollierThe suspected Russian hacking campaign that has torn through the U.S. government zeroed in on more than 40 organizations, Microsoft’s president said Thursday.The campaign, which U.S. officials believe is the work of Russian intelligence, began at least as early as , though it was discovered only last week, and has broken into multiple federal agencies.A multi-agency statement described it this week as “,” leaving open the question of how many organizations were compromised and how badly.Microsoft’s statement is the first to provide a detailed...

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