Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic
Cybercrime
Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock. Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000... Read More

FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats
Cybersecurity
FBI Director Warns Congress of Evolving Terrorism Threats
2020-09-17 20:24:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The FBI’s director acknowledged Thursday that the risks of terrorism and other attacks against the United States are evolving so fast that his agency has difficulty managing them. Cyberattackers threaten the next presidential election, COVID-19 vaccine development and... Read More

Microsoft Detects Foreign Cyberattacks Targeting US Presidential Election
2020 Elections
Microsoft Detects Foreign Cyberattacks Targeting US Presidential Election

Groups from Russia, China and Iran have stepped up cyberattacks in an effort to disrupt the U.S. presidential election in November, a Microsoft Corp. investigation found. The groups have increased cyberattacks targeting the political campaigns of Democratic presidential nominee Joe... Read More

Harvard's Belfer Center Releases Playbook to Address Nefarious Election Influence
Elections
Harvard's Belfer Center Releases Playbook to Address Nefarious Election Influence
2020-09-04 15:48:54
by Dan McCue

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Election officials across the country have a new tool to help them recognize and respond to malicious interference in the votes they oversee. Created by the Belfer Center at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, the new... Read More

Counterterrorism Still a Concern in the COVID-19 Era
Cybersecurity
Counterterrorism Still a Concern in the COVID-19 Era
2020-09-04 13:40:44
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Terrorism hasn’t disappeared just because a pandemic is happening. In fact, calamitous world conditions embolden those who want to do others harm, and police budget cuts, virus-related conspiracy theories, and other vulnerabilities are exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis.... Read More

US Sees Little Evidence of Foreign Meddling in Mail-In Voting
2020 Elections
US Sees Little Evidence of Foreign Meddling in Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said they see little evidence of coordinated voter fraud or efforts by foreign adversaries to manipulate mail-in balloting ahead of the November election even as President Donald Trump repeatedly warns that the vote is at risk.... Read More

Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says
Elections
Safest Voting Method Is Using Paper, Leading Cyber Expert Says

Election voting is the cybersecurity industry’s most difficult challenge, and casting ballots on paper is the safest option against any digital disruptions, says CrowdStrike Holdings co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer Dmitri Alperovitch. “Voting is the hardest thing to secure... Read More

Federal Program Offers New Cybersecurity Tool for Elections
Cybersecurity
Federal Program Offers New Cybersecurity Tool for Elections

ATLANTA (AP) — State and local officials are receiving additional tools from the federal government to help defend the nation’s election systems from cyberthreats ahead of the November vote, as intelligence officials continue to warn about foreign efforts to interfere in the... Read More

China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says
2020 Elections
China, Russia and Iran Top Election Security Threats, Counterintelligence Chief Says
2020-07-25 19:08:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - China, Russia and Iran are continuing to try to disrupt political campaigns and the 2020 general election, posing "a direct threat to the fabric of our Democracy," the nation's top counterintelligence official said Friday. William Evanina, director of... Read More

Twitter Racing to Unravel Mystery Cyberattack
Cybercrime
Twitter Racing to Unravel Mystery Cyberattack

As Twitter Inc. grapples with the worst security breach in its 14-year history, it must now uncover whether its employees were victims of sophisticated phishing schemes or if they deliberately allowed hackers to access high-profile accounts. On Wednesday, some of... Read More

National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
Cybersecurity
National Cyber Director Proposed to Coordinate Computer Security
2020-07-16 13:37:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans agreed Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the U.S. government needs a more proactive strategy for protecting against cyberattacks but disagreed how to accomplish it. Democrats want a new agency to address cyberthreats while Republicans... Read More

UK Bans Huawei From 5G Networks in Security Crackdown
Cybersecurity
UK Bans Huawei From 5G Networks in Security Crackdown

Huawei Technologies Co. will be banned from providing equipment for the U.K.’s next generation mobile networks from the end of this year, in a sweeping crackdown on the Chinese company that risks escalating tensions between London and Beijing. Under the... Read More

CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says
Cybersecurity
CIA Suffered Historic Data Loss From Lax Cybersecurity, Report Says

WASHINGTON — In early 2017 the Central Intelligence Agency suffered a massive data loss when an agency employee stole vast quantities of information including some of its most secretive hacking tools because of lax cybersecurity measures, according to a redacted... Read More

Hospital Hackers Seize Upon Coronavirus Pandemic
Cybercrime
Hospital Hackers Seize Upon Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, staffers at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Illinois got an unwelcome surprise when they arrived at work one morning last month: Cybercriminals had hijacked their computer network and were holding... Read More

New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States
Elections
New Election Security Funds Won’t Come Easy for Hard-Hit States

WASHINGTON — Cash-strapped states, which Congress just pumped $150 billion into, will nonetheless have to pony up in order to access new election security grants in the massive new coronavirus aid package signed by President Donald Trump. The $2.3 trillion... Read More

State AGs Crack Down on Coronavirus Scams
State News
State AGs Crack Down on Coronavirus Scams

WASHINGTON — From disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker in Missouri to a convenience store operator in New Jersey, suspected fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the coronavirus panic to trick consumers into buying useless or harmful products, triggering state anti-gouging... Read More

Cybercriminals Seek Profit in Coronavirus
Cybercrime
Cybercriminals Seek Profit in Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — An email seemingly from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of new coronavirus infections and urges readers to click on a link to see a list of infections in their community. But the email actually... Read More

Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not To Pay?
Cybercrime
Ransomware Attacks Prompt Tough Question for Local Officials: To Pay or Not To Pay?

WASHINGTON — When cybercriminals struck Lake City, Fla., last June, city officials had to make a tough choice: Pay the hackers or restore systems on their own. A ransomware attack had hijacked the government’s computer network and held it hostage... Read More

Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’
In The News
Assange Lawyers Say Trump Offered a Pardon If He ‘Played Ball’

LONDON — Julian Assange’s lawyers told a London court that they will provide evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump was prepared to offer the WikiLeaks founder a pardon if he “played ball” about leaks of Democratic National Committee emails. At... Read More

Feds Reviewing Previously Unreported Cyber Attack on Florida Elections Office
State News
Feds Reviewing Previously Unreported Cyber Attack on Florida Elections Office

MIAMI — Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link. Link, who was... Read More

House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
Cybersecurity
House Members Join Together to Help State, Local Governments Secure Networks
2020-02-11 18:42:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Seven House members have come together in a bipartisan effort to help state and local governments address cybersecurity weaknesses in their networks. The lawmakers engaged in the effort are Reps. Cedric Richmond, D-La., John Katko, R-N.Y., Derek Kilmer,... Read More

With Cybercriminals on the Attack, States Help Cities Punch Back
Cybercrime
With Cybercriminals on the Attack, States Help Cities Punch Back

WASHINGTON — When the computers of the city of Lodi, Calif., got hit by a ransomware attack last April, the strike disabled phone lines, forced police officers to write reports by hand and prevented workers from sending out utility bills.... Read More

When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t
Iran
When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t

TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranian authorities recently imposed a near-total internet blackout for almost a week to help quell massive street protests, U.S.-based tech entrepreneur Nima Fatemi bolted into action. Fatemi and other security experts have been finding ways around... Read More

Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says
Cybersecurity
Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unveiled criminal charges and sanctions against members of a hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp, which authorities blame for some of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade. The Justice... Read More

Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama
State News
Ohio Election Day Cyberattack Attempt Traced to Panama

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Secretary of State’s office was the subject of a thwarted foreign cyberattack on Election Day. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Tuesday that the so-called “SQL injection” attack was detected by the state’s internal... Read More

Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says
Cybersecurity
Russia-Linked Group Likely Used Iranian Hacking Tools, NSA Says

WASHINGTON — A Russia-linked group is believed to have utilized Iranian tools to conduct cyber attacks against dozens of countries, in an apparent effort to mask their identities, according to joint advisories by the U.S. and the U.K. The group,... Read More

Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online
Bipartisan
Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online
2019-10-22 22:54:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced Tuesday by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security would establish a bipartisan commission of non-government experts to examine the ways social media and other online platforms have been exploited to promote and... Read More

Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP
Opinions
Theranos 2.0? Another Purported Tech Company Trades on Fake IP

Intellectual property policies could get a major court test this year as a real estate services company appeals a massive $706 million judgment that it stole trade secrets from a San Francisco-headquartered REtech company. At the dispute’s onset, the jury... Read More

House Freshman Champions Bill to Bolster Cyber Security for Small Business Administration
Cybersecurity
House Freshman Champions Bill to Bolster Cyber Security for Small Business Administration
2019-08-02 20:33:50
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, freshman Rep. Jason Crow, D-Col., had the pleasure of seeing one of his first pieces of legislation passed unanimously in the House by a voice vote. Crow’s SBA Cyber Awareness Act requires the Small Business... Read More

Capital One Hit With Massive Data Breach Affecting More Than 100 Million Customers
In The News
Capital One Hit With Massive Data Breach Affecting More Than 100 Million Customers

Capital One said Monday that the data of 100 million U.S. customers was illegally accessed in a breach that federal prosecutors said was perpetrated by a Seattle woman who allegedly hacked the bank’s server at a cloud-computing company. Six million... Read More

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