State #Department #warns #staff of #surge in #hacking #attempts

The State Department on Thursday warned employees about a tidal wave of malicious messages attempting to trick staffers into opening a door for hackers. “Personnel are advised to be alert for suspicious activity related to ongoing cyber operations targeting the Department,” the agency’s Cyber and Technology Security Directorate said in…


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Here’s What #Government Gets #Wrong About #Bug #Bounties

Congress has gone bananas for bug bounties, but they may not always be the right choice. Bug bounties are hot in government right now, but the craze may be outpacing the contests’ actual usefulness, bug bounty practitioners tell Nextgov. The Defense Department has launched four of the ethical hacking contests,…


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Democrats #Seek $1 #Billion To #Boost #Cybersecurity For U.S. #Elections

Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would provide more than $1 billion to boost cybersecurity of U.S. voting systems, and Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration’s efforts to protect polls from hackers. The measure followed warnings on Tuesday from U.S. intelligence officials that midterm races in November are…


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NSW #GOVERNMENT #COMMITS $2M TO #CYBER SECURITY

The NSW Government is investing $2 million in a university-led cyber security network, with the aim being to protect the public sector and industry against cyberattacks. Announced by Minister for Finance, Victor Dominello, the NSW Cyber Security Council will bring together leading scientists and engineers from seven of the state’s…


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Dems press #Gowdy to #subpoena #Homeland Security for #election #hacking #documents

Democratic lawmakers are pressing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for documents related to Russia’s efforts to target state systems ahead of the 2016 presidential election. In a letter sent to Gowdy on Monday, the Democrats on the…


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Key House #Dem: #U.S. ‘dramatically #unprepared’ for #potential 2018 #election #hacking

One of the leading voices in Democrats’ efforts to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election is coming to the University of Pennsylvania Monday with a warning. U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, a Californian who serves as the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, says the threat of foreign interference…


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How #North Korea’s #hacking #strategy is #related to its #missile #tests

Last week, a White House official blamed North Korea for the WannaCry attack in May and noted that Facebook and Microsoft recently took action against the North Korean-linked Lazarus hacker group. In September, security company FireEye discovered spear phishing e-mails sent to US electric utilities “by known cyber threat actors…


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FBI #Software For #Analyzing #Fingerprints Contains #Russian-Made Code, #Whistleblowers Say

In a secret deal, a French company purchased code from a Kremlin-connected firm, incorporated it into its own software, and hid its existence from the FBI, according to documents and two whistleblowers. The allegations raise concerns that Russian hackers could compromise law enforcement computer systems. The fingerprint-analysis software used by…


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#US and #UK blame #North Korea for #WannaCry #cyberattack

The UK has joined the US in publicly blaming North Korea for the devastating WannaCry hacking attack earlier this year. The cyberattack took down computer systems in 150 countries and caused widespread chaos. The United Kingdom’s foreign office has joined US homeland security in its conclusion that North Korea was…


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The #cyber security #strategy, one year on

The UK’s progress in strengthening cyber security measures since the national strategy came out has been encouraging, but more needs to be done to tackle the lingering issue of skills, says Talal Rajab, head of cyber and national security at techUK. It’s no exaggeration to say that 2017 was the year…


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Senators to #introduce #bipartisan #bill to prevent #foreign #cyber #interference in #elections

A bipartisan group of senators are introducing a bill early next week to improve and streamline information about cyber threats between state and federal entities, in the wake of Russia’s believed interference during the 2016 election, according to a top aide to one of the senators involved. The bill, spearheaded…


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Israel to #Merge Two #National #Cybersecurity #Entities

On Sunday, the Israeli government approved a decision brought forth by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to merge the Israeli National Cyber Bureau with the National Cyber Security Authority into one cyber security entity. Mr. Netanyahu said that he will recommend a candidate to head the newly formed body soon. Last…


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Taiwan #boosts cyber #defences against #threat from #China

Taiwan’s ruling party is bolstering its cyber defences after hacking attacks that have raised fears that groups linked to the Chinese government plan to influence elections. The Democratic Progressive party has boosted spending on online protection after the large-scale breaches over the past two years. Hackers accessed the party’s website…


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Why #Trump is #sticking with #Obama’s #China #hacking #deal

President Donald Trump has broken with a host of Obama-era international agreements, from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Paris climate pact — but he’s showing every sign of sticking with a 2015 hacking accord with China. Last month, the Trump administration quietly reaffirmed the agreement, which Republicans had initially greeted…


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Challenging #Government #Hacking: What’s at #Stake

The FBI is making increasing use of an investigative technique that puts the public’s internet security at risk. This month, the ACLU filed amicus briefs in two cases to challenge the FBI’s use of this technique, which has significant cybersecurity implications for everyone. The technique — government hacking — involves…


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CHINA #TESTS THE #LIMITS OF ITS #US #HACKING TRUCE

FOR THE LAST two years, America’s cybersecurity relationship with China has been held up as a triumph of digital diplomacy: Since the two countries signed an agreement not to hack each others’ private sector companies for commercial gain in late 2015, that pact has come to represent one of the most effective…


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