Cybersecurity

US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'
Cybersecurity
US: Hack of Federal Agencies Likely Russian in Origin'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The rare joint statement represented... Read More

Biden's Team Vows Action Against Hack as US Threats Persist
Cybercrime
Biden's Team Vows Action Against Hack as US Threats Persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once in office, President-elect Joe Biden will punish Russia for its suspected cyberespionage operation against the United States with financial sanctions and measures to hobble the Kremlin's ability to launch future hacks, his chief of staff said Sunday, as... Read More

Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
Cybersecurity
Murphy Urges Leadership to Request House-wide Briefing on Suspected Russian Hack
2020-12-18 21:53:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., is urging House leadership to schedule a classified, bipartisan briefing for members of Congress regarding the recently revealed cyberattack on the networks of the federal government and major American companies. The attack is widely... Read More

US Cybersecurity Agency Warns of 'Grave' Threat from Hack
Cybercrime
US Cybersecurity Agency Warns of 'Grave' Threat from Hack

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's top cybersecurity agency on Thursday issued its most urgent warning yet about a sophisticated and extensive computer breach, saying it posed a "grave risk" to cyber networks maintained by governments, utilities and the private sector... Read More

Fired Cybersecurity Official Rebuts GOP Claims of Election Fraud at Senate Hearing
Cybersecurity
Fired Cybersecurity Official Rebuts GOP Claims of Election Fraud at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON — The U.S. cybersecurity chief fired by President Donald Trump last month after he pushed back on allegations of election fraud testified before Congress on Wednesday that such baseless conspiracy theories are having a “corrosive” effect on the public’s... Read More

Hacking Spree by Suspected Russians Included US Think Tank
Cybercrime
Hacking Spree by Suspected Russians Included US Think Tank

The suspected Russian hackers behind a global campaign of cyberattacks that have breached U.S. government agencies also hit an American think tank, according to a cybersecurity firm that has been fighting them off. For the better part of a year,... Read More

US Agencies Hacked in Monthslong Global Cyberspying Campaign
Cybercrime
US Agencies Hacked in Monthslong Global Cyberspying Campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government agencies were ordered to scour their networks for malware and disconnect potentially compromised servers on Monday after authorities learned that the Treasury and Commerce departments were hacked in a global cyber-espionage campaign tied to a... Read More

Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney
Litigation
Former Cybersecurity Official Mulls Lawsuit Against Trump Attorney
2020-12-01 21:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A former Trump administration head of cybersecurity is considering legal action against a lawyer for the president who said Monday he should be executed. The dispute arose from President Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud during the presidential... Read More

Government Agencies Make Progress Implementing Zero Trust
Cybersecurity
Government Agencies Make Progress Implementing Zero Trust
2020-11-23 18:41:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Zero Trust is an approach to the design and implementation of internet technology networks. This security concept developed out of the belief that organizations should not trust anything — either outside or inside — its perimeter. Therefore, everything... Read More

Trump Fires Agency Head Who Vouched for 2020 Vote Security
Cybersecurity
Trump Fires Agency Head Who Vouched for 2020 Vote Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump fired the nation’s top election security official, a widely respected member of his administration who had dared to refute the president’s unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud and vouch for the integrity of the vote. While abrupt, the... Read More

Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say
Cybersecurity
Election Was Most Secure in American History, US Officials Say

WASHINGTON — State and federal election officials, along with experts in the private sector, said they had "utmost confidence in the security and integrity" of the Nov. 3 vote, as President Donald Trump continues to make unfounded claims of fraud and key security officials involved... Read More

Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave
Cybersecurity
Turmoil Hits Cybersecurity Agency Engaged in Election as Staffers Leave

WASHINGTON — Key officials at the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are stepping down or expecting to get fired from their roles as President Donald Trump continues to question the results of the Nov. 3 election, saying he was the victim of a fraudulent voting process.... Read More

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

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