Rep releases draft ‘hacking back’ legislation

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Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) released updated legislation Thursday to allow victims of cyber crimes to hack their attackers back. The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC) would exempt victims from hacking laws when the aim is to identify the assailant, cut off attacks or retrieve stolen files. The updated draft…


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The one fix needed to keep Trump’s cyber executive order from failing

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President Donald Trump recently issued the Executive Order for Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. Our nation’s first real cybersecurity initiative, however, began in 1981. As a young Air Force colonel, I was assigned to the National Security Agency as founding deputy director to provide technical leadership…


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TRUMP’S CYBERSECURITY BOSS TALKS PRIORITIES

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Citing Mirai and WannaCry as recent examples, Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and cyber security coordinator for the White House, said the global landscape of cyber threats can’t be ignored and the U.S. needs to sharpen its defenses when it comes to fending off attacks. “If you step…


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Trump Is Ignoring America’s Looming Cybersecurity Threat

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The “ransomware” attack that crippled computer systems around the globe last week shows once again just how vulnerable the world’s computer systems are to criminals and hackers. The so-called “WannaCry” virus — which threatened to delete a victim’s files absent a $300 ransom — exploited a weakness in the Windows…


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Why Hackers’ Threat to Publish Nuclear Secrets ‘Won’t Damage Iran’s Security’

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On Wednesday, the Shadow Brokers group of hackers announced that in June they would begin use new hacking tools and publish secret data on the missile and nuclear projects of several countries, according to Reuters. The targeted countries supposedly include Russia, China, Iran and the DPRK. In an interview with…


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Air Force seeking hackers as military prepares for its largest bug bounty program yet

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Hackers may be a menace and in some cases responsible for unleashing global chaos, but the U.S. Air Force is embracing some of them with open arms. Online registration began this week for the service’s first civilian bug bounty program, designed to find website and network security vulnerabilities. The Air…


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In Computer Attacks, Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea

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Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects in the sweeping ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems around the world. The indicators are far from conclusive, the researchers warned, and it could be weeks, if not months, before…


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White House: Blame cyberattack on hackers, not spy agencies

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President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser has a message to those blaming U.S. intelligence agencies for the cyberattack encircling the globe: Don’t point a finger at the National Security Agency. Blame the hackers. Since Friday, malware has infected an estimated 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Users’ files at hospitals, companies…


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Microsoft says ransomware hack a ‘wake-up call’ for world governments

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Global governments should treat a massive international cyber attack that struck last week as a wake-up call and should feel a “renewed determination for more urgent collective action,” the chief legal officer of Microsoft has said. Writing in a blog post, Brad Smith said that the multinational technology company had…


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How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

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The federal government has conceded it can’t be certain public service departments are secure against major hacking attacks, as Malcolm Turnbull’s senior cyber adviser suggested Australia might have dodged the latest international crisis because it fell during the weekend. At least eight Australian businesses have been infected by the bug…


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Expiring spying law helped U.S. conclude Russia hacked election: NSA chief

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A top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday a controversial surveillance law that allows the broad electronic spying of foreigners played a major role in understanding Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The statement from Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, may bolster efforts…


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Trump signs executive order to prevent computer hacking

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at modernizing and improving the nation’s computer networks. Trump’s homeland security adviser Tom Bossert says the order will help keep the U.S. safer from cybersecurity risks. Among the new requirements is that agency heads must be accountable for implementing risk management…


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New York’s New Cybersecurity Regulation: What’s the Impact?

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With cyber intrusions becoming more common and sophisticated, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has implemented a new, “first-in-the-nation” cybersecurity regulation to combat these ever-increasing dangers, which went into effect on March 1, 2017. The new regulation will require banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions…


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How the UK is Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

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There is a growing skills gap in the cybersecurity sector around the world. Online recruitment company Indeed recently released a report that revealed Israel had the biggest cybersecurity skills shortage of anywhere in the world between Q3 2014 and Q3 2016. The country in second place? The UK – with…


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Hong Kong to tighten cyber-security rules in wake of multiple stock hacks

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Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission is proposing new rules to strengthen cyber-security controls for stock trading following a spate of hacking incidents that saw hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. The SFC is launching a two-month consultation on the proposed guidelines that set out 20 baseline cybersecurity requirements…


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Cyber Command Chief Says U.S. Warned France About Russia-Backed Hackers During Election

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The United States’ top cybersecurity official says Washington warned French officials during the recent presidential election that Russia-backed hackers were penetrating French computer networks. Admiral Mike Rogers’ comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 9 add to the growing body of evidence compiled by government and private companies…


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What Can be Expected in Trump’s Cybersecurity Executive Order?

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The latest draft of President Trump’s much anticipated cybersecurity executive order was posted to the internet last week by security consultant Paul Rosenzweig. It is not the first and may not be the last draft that gets public scrutiny before the final version is formally published. Although it is currently…


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US Officials Are Warning About A Russian Cybersecurity Company’s US Government Ties

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US intelligence officials are expressing concern over a Russian cybersecurity company’s access to US government systems and pushing the Government Services Administration for answers on how long it has been approved for use by US agencies. Three US intelligence officials told BuzzFeed News they were concerned by what they categorized…


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Government systems use ancient OSes, have potential to get hacked

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Every now and then a pair of stories come along that seem unrelated, but when you put them together, combined you get a bigger picture than of the two separate parts. Last week saw one such example. The first was a report from systems security specialist Thales e-Security and 451…


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Interest in cyber deterrence policy grows, but actual legislation will prove difficult

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Legislation that would elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity functions may be the most likely cyber-related candidate for congressional action this year, while various panels consider big-picture issues such as international deterrence in cyberspace. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, last week reiterated that he will “soon” move…


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