Michael Kan

U.S. Correspondent

Michael Kan covers security for the IDG News Service.

House votes to undo broadband privacy rules

China devotes $22B to domestic chip industry expansion

China devotes $22B to domestic chip industry expansion

China is pouring more money into its semiconductor ambitions. The state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup, which has building up the country’s chip industry, received a 150 billion yuan (US$22 billion) investment.

Apple wins China patent battle over iPhone 6 design

Apple wins China patent battle over iPhone 6 design

Apple has fended off a lawsuit in China that claimed the iPhone 6 had infringed a design patent from a little-known local vendor.

Google Play faces cat-and-mouse game with Android malware

Google Play faces cat-and-mouse game with Android malware

What’s the best way to avoid Android malware? Downloading all your apps from the Google Play store -- where software is vetted – is perhaps the best advice. But that doesn’t mean Google Play is perfect.

FBI director floats international framework on encrypted data access

FBI director floats international framework on encrypted data access

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 advice on stopping insider threats

Snowden's ex-boss offers advice 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 U.S. ban of electronic devices in cabins on some flights

UK follows U.S. 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 U.S. elections again, FBI warns

Russia will strike U.S. 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.

Minn. police seek data on who Googled a victim's name

Minn. 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 shows the drawbacks of state-sponsored hacking

Yahoo breach shows 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.

U.S. faces limits in busting Russian agents over Yahoo breach

U.S. faces limits in busting Russian agents over Yahoo breach

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

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