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Cybersecurity: The glitch in the U.S.-China relationship

Hong Kong (CNN) Chinese President Xi Jinping is going to Washington next month -- and it's not shaping up to be a pleasant visit.

Tensions are rising on a number of fronts: The global impact of China's market meltdown; island building in the South China Sea; and that persistent glitch in the U.S.-China relationship -- cybersecurity.

The massive data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) made headlines for its sheer size. Targeting the data for almost 22 million people, it's been called the worst breach of government-held personal data in U.S. history.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said that China is the "leading suspect" in the breach, though if the tables were turned the U.S. would have carried out a similar hack on China: "If we had the opportunity to do the same thing, we'd probably do it." More...

08-26-2015 07:59

U.S. researchers show computers can be hijacked to send data as sound waves

A team of security researchers has demonstrated the ability to hijack standard equipment inside computers, printers and millions of other devices in order to send information out of an office through sound waves.

The attack program takes control of the physical prongs on general-purpose input/output circuits and vibrates them at a frequency of the researchers’ choosing, which can be audible or not. The vibrations can be picked up with an AM radio antenna a short distance away.

For decades, spy agencies and researchers have sought arcane ways of extracting information from keyboards and the like, successfully capturing light, heat and other emanations that allow the receivers to reconstruct content. More...

08-05-2015 16:55

OPM hack's unprecedented haul: 1.1 million fingerprints

This could be one of the potentially worst parts of the Office of Personnel Management hack affecting 21.5 million people. Whoever has this information -- U.S. intelligence thinks it's likely China -- could use the stolen fingerprints to better spy on America.

"It's across federal agencies. It's everybody," an OPM spokesman told CNNMoney on Friday.

In a Mission Impossible-type scenario, the thieves could create physical copies using latex or similar materials, then break into the fingerprint-locked devices of U.S. diplomats and government agents. This would expose secret conversations, disrupt investigations or poison international negotiations. More...

07-11-2015 06:19

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