Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in the U.S. via software updateFri, 09 Dec 2016 13:12:14 -0500 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless.
U.S. trade judge rules Arista infringes more Cisco network patentsFri, 09 Dec 2016 19:10:12 -0500 NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arista Networks Inc used rival Cisco Systems Inc's network device technology in its ethernet switches without permission, a U.S. trade judge ruled on Friday, handing Cisco yet another win in a sprawling legal battle over patents between the two companies.
Obama orders review of 2016 election cyber attacksFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:59:49 -0500 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, the White House said on Friday.
Bitcoin hits highest levels in almost three yearsFri, 09 Dec 2016 10:43:40 -0500 LONDON (Reuters) - Web-based digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years on Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination bank notes from circulation a month ago.
White House voices concerns about China cyber lawThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:02:40 -0500 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime.
Fugitive Indian tycoon Mallya cries foul over Twitter hackFri, 09 Dec 2016 10:50:26 -0500 MUMBAI (Reuters) - Fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya said on Friday that his Twitter account had been penetrated by a hacking group called Legion, which posted links to what it alleged were details of Mallya's bank accounts, offshore investments and luxury cars.
ThyssenKrupp secrets stolen in 'massive' cyber attackThu, 08 Dec 2016 11:53:58 -0500 FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Technical trade secrets were stolen from the steel production and manufacturing plant design divisions of ThyssenKrupp AG in cyber attacks earlier this year, the German company said on Thursday.
Germany sees rise in Russian propaganda, cyber attacksThu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:57 -0500 BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's domestic intelligence agency on Thursday reported a striking increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilizing German society, and targeted cyber attacks against political parties.
AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who, the FBI concluded, received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned.
Refrigerator ruled out as cause of Oakland fire that killed 36 Investigators have ruled out a faulty refrigerator as the cause of a fire that killed 36 people at an Oakland warehouse last week. Earlier in the week, officials had said the refrigerator and other appliances were being examined as possible causes of the fire. But Jill Snyder, an ATF official, said Friday that electronics engineers had ruled out the refrigerator as a cause. The cause remains under investigation, but Snyder said it's possible a definitive cause might never be known. She also said there was no evidence the blaze was intentionally set. Also Friday, Oakland fire chief acknowledged recently that she can't say whether the warehouse was even in the department's database. "Right now we are looking through our records," Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed told CNN on Thursday. "I can't tell you anything right now about that warehouse." Prior to the chief's statement, a source in city government said Thursday that the 31st Avenue address was not listed in the fire department's database of buildings requiring inspections. Thirty-six people died in the structure while attending an electronic dance party last weekend. "I can't answer how that warehouse slipped through the cracks and that it bypassed our system -- or how it bypassed the city's system," Reed told the news network. "But everybody is at the table right now trying to figure out what happened." The city's Fire Prevention Bureau, led by Reed, is required to conduct annual inspections of all commercial buildings and multi-family residences, according to city ordinance. Officials have yet to release any fire inspection reports regarding the warehouse. On Wednesday, city officials revealed no building code enforcement inspector had been inside the warehouse in at least 30 years. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf promised this week to strengthen the city's building and fire inspection programs. She also vowed to crack down on code violations, but said the city would not conduct "witch hunts" against its employees or agencies responsible for investigating building and safety complaints. The city's Planning and Building Department investigated at least three of the complaints at the warehouse over the past three years. The complaints appear to assert that structures had been built inside without permits or that the property was being used as a residence. Most of the other complaints cited illegal parking and mounds of debris piled up on the sidewalk and in an adjoining vacant lot. A building code inspector visited the warehouse 15 days before the fire to investigate complaints of trash and debris piled outside and an "illegal interior building structure." But the inspector was unable to get inside, triggering questions about whether a more aggressive investigation would have identified the multiple building code violations inside the structure and possibly prevented the tragedy. FULL COVERAGE: Deadly Oakland warehouse fire » The Ghost Ship warehouse was owned by Oakland resident Chor N. Ng's trust and zoned exclusively for commercial use. But former residents and people who visited building have said the warehouse housed an artists collective and unpermitted living quarters inside, and hosted concerts and other events. The deadly fire appears to have triggered a surge of warehouse inspections by Oakland code enforcers - a development that has caused concern among many Bay Area artists, who say rising housing costs are driving them out of the region. Oakland resident Jimi Woodliff said he runs into artists frequently through his work at a marijuana dispensary, and understands the predicament. "Obviously the city could totally kick people out," the 30-year-old said. "But it's not just people's work studios, it's their home...they don't make a lot of money. They're called starving artists for a reason." On Thursday, the Oakland City Council approved an emergency declaration to help fund response and recovery efforts. City workers have already begun assisting businesses affected by the fire. Artists who worked inside the warehouse may also be eligible to receive federal loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. firstname.lastname@example.org For breaking news in California, follow @VeronicaRochaLA on Twitter. ALSO Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire: Who they were Did Oakland do enough to address the many warehouse danger complaints? 'It's excruciating': Inside the heartbreaking recovery of 36 bodies in Oakland warehouse UPDATES: 2:35 p.m.: Updated with ATF comments on investigation. Originally posted at 9:20 a.m.
US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS <p>U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group's key stronghold of Raqqa.</p>
Spotlight turns to US forces' role as IS fight continues As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office and step down as commander-in-chief of America's military, a flap has erupted over the secretive commandos who have become his go-to counterterrorist force across the globe.
Obama orders review of U.S. election hacks <p>President Obama has ordered the nation's intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of attempts by foreign hackers to influence U.S. elections — and he wants a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20.</p>
Four new cases of locally transmitted Zika confirmed in Texas Four additional South Texas residents have been infected with Zika, confirming concerns that the virus is spreading through local mosquito bites in a Brownsville neighborhood, state health officials announced Friday. The news comes almost two weeks after the state announced the first locally transmitted case of Zika in Cameron County, near the Mexico border. The woman told authorities she hadn't traveled out of country to areas where the virus ...
Snow, freezing rain hit Northwest A wintry mix of snow, ice and rain continued Friday in much of the Northwest as ice was slow to thaw and new winter weather warnings were issued around...