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Equifax reveals hack that likely exposed data of 143 million customers

(Reuters) - Equifax Inc, a provider of consumer credit scores, said on Thursday that personal details of as many as 143 million U.S. consumers were accessed by hackers between mid-May and July, in what could be one of the largest data breaches in the United States.

Google says it has no evidence of Russian ads about U.S. election

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Search engine Google said on Thursday it had seen no evidence on its advertising platforms of the kind of suspected Russian propaganda campaign that Facebook Inc says appeared on its network before and after last year's U.S. presidential election.

Spotify, Hulu target students with discounted bundle

(Reuters) - U.S. college students can buy Spotify Premium music streaming and Hulu TV streaming for a combined, deeply discounted $4.99 per month, in a new student subscription bundle the companies announced on Thursday to lure younger consumers.

EU tells Britain to protect data or delete them after Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants Britain to protect data it has in storage on continental Europeans after Brexit and maintain bans on cheap imitations of locally branded EU produce like cognac or Parma ham.

China tightens control of chat groups ahead of party congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - China issued new rules on instant messaging chat groups on Thursday, tightening control over online discussions ahead of a sensitive leadership reshuffle next month.

Cyber alert: EU ministers test responses in first computer war game

TALLINN (Reuters) - European Union defense ministers tested their ability to respond to a potential attack by computer hackers in their first cyber war game on Thursday, based on a simulated attack on one of the bloc's military missions abroad.

Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

New Canadian rules on reporting data hacks 'long overdue,' critics say

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government will require that companies operating in the country report all data breaches to their customers and a privacy watchdog as soon as possible after discovery, a rule that security experts said was long overdue.

Hackers gain entry into U.S., European energy sector, Symantec warns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Advanced hackers have targeted United States and European energy companies in a cyber espionage campaign that has in some cases successfully broken into the core systems that control the companies' operations, according to researchers at the security firm Symantec.

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