Hoping to stall a ban, TikTok says it generated $14.7B for US small businesses last year

In addition, it says that over 7 million U.S. businesses rely on TikTok and that 224,000 jobs were supported by small business activity on the platform in 2023.

US offers $10M to help catch Change Healthcare hackers

The government's reward for information now extends to ALPHV's affiliates, which claimed responsibility for a massive weekslong healthcare cyberattack.

Tech giants sign voluntary pledge to fight election-related deepfakes

Tech companies are pledging to fight election-related deepfakes as policymakers amp up pressure. Today at the Munich Security Conference, vendors including Microsoft, Meta, Google, Amazon, Adobe and I

FTC seeks to modify rule to combat deepfakes

Spurred by the growing threat of deepfakes, the FTC is seeking to modify an existing rule that bans the impersonation of businesses or government agencies to cover all consumers. The revised rule &#82

Lawmakers revise Kids Online Safety Act to address LGBTQ advocates’ concerns

The Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) is getting closer to becoming a law, which would make social platforms significantly more responsible for protecting children who use their products. With 62 senators

Some IRS employees still access TikTok despite ban on government devices

The TikTok ban on U.S. government devices is proving hard to enforce. A month after the IRS was found to be in non-compliance with the federally mandated ban on the Beijing-based video app, two Republ

Pornhub owner pays US government $1.8M to resolve sex trafficking probe

Pornhub’s parent company Aylo Holdings will pay $1.8 million to the U.S. government to resolve a charge of profiting off of sex trafficking. The company, formerly known as MindGeek, will enter a

Black representatives in Congress voice concerns over impact of tech layoffs on minority workers

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have written to the US Acting Secretary of Labor expressing concerns over the disproportionate impact tech layoffs could have on Black workers,

Lawmakers say Costco’s decision to continue selling banned China surveillance tech is ‘puzzling’

Two U.S. lawmakers have asked retail giant Costco why it continues to sell surveillance equipment made by Lorex, despite warnings of cybersecurity risks and links to human rights abuses. The bipartisa

Why ransomware victims can’t stop paying off hackers

In September, MGM Resorts was hit by a devastating ransomware attack, downing operations at some of its most iconic casino hotels in Las Vegas, including the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and the Cosmopolita

Authorities confirm RagnarLocker ransomware taken down during international sting

An international group of law enforcement agencies have disrupted the notorious RagnarLocker ransomware operation. TechCrunch reported Thursday that an international law enforcement operation involvin

Indian state government fixes website bug that revealed Aadhaar numbers and fingerprints

A security researcher says a bug on an Indian state government website inadvertently revealed documents containing residents’ Aadhaar numbers, identity cards and copies of their fingerprints. Th

California passes law mandating VC firms to release investments’ diversity information

This is the United States’ first piece of legislation that aims to increase diversity within the venture capital landscape.

X to allow paid political ads, lifting Twitter’s earlier ban

X this week confirmed it’s lifting its ban on paid political ads — a move it committed to earlier this year, shortly after Elon Musk took over the social network previously known as Twitte

Mandiant says China-backed hackers exploited Barracuda zero-day to spy on governments

Security researchers at Mandiant say China-backed hackers are likely behind the mass-exploitation of a recently discovered security flaw in Barracuda Networks’ email security gear, which prompte

Decrypt the complete Security Stage agenda at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023

A few months ago we introduced you to the brand new Security Stage, our debut space dedicated to cybersecurity at TechCrunch Disrupt. Ahead of the big day, we’re excited to reveal what we have i

How the US dismantled a malware network used by Russian spies to steal government secrets

The U.S. government said it has disrupted a long-running Russian cyber espionage campaign that stole sensitive information from the U.S. and NATO governments, an operation that took the feds almost 20

After New Zealand, Australia bans TikTok on official devices

Australia banned TikTok on official devices today, joining western countries including the U.S. and the UK to ban the app.

FBI confirms it’s investigating a cyber incident on its own network

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it’s investigating malicious cyber activity on its own network. CNN reported on Friday that hackers compromised an FBI computer system at

Taiwan fines car renting giant iRent for customer data spill

Taiwanese authorities have fined car rental and ridesharing giant iRent after TechCrunch revealed the company was spilling customers’ data and identity documents onto the open web for months. Ac
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