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

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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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Augusta #IT defending #local government #information #against #hackers

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — You might not think about it when you pay your water bill or even your car tag but you give your local government a lot of personal information. According to experts, local governments are a big target. “We have so many different facets of technology all…


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

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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

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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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Rep. Marcy Kaptur seeks #election #hacking #investigation

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A group of Democratic congress members including Toledo’s Marcy Kaptur wants the U.S. House of Representatives to probe Russia’s attacks on 21 state voting systems during the 2016 elections. In a letter sent Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Kaptur and members of Congress from 18 of the states targeted…


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Rep. Hurd #champions #modernizing federal #cybersecurity

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The federal government is and will continue to be a target of cyber crimes. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a total of 1,093 data breaches in 2016. Mid-year numbers for 2017 show 791 incidents as of the end of June — a 29…


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

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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

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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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US #government makes it #harder to #sue #companies over #poor #IT security

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Rather than sorting out the corrupt relationship between the US government and big corporations, it appears that the Senate wants to make it hard for consumers to sue financial companies who could not be bothered installing good IT security. Apparently obeying the will of their corporate masters, the US senate…


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

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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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Homeland #Security Issues #Cyber-Attack #Warnings

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The Homeland Security Department and the FBI had issued a joint alert, stating that the critical infrastructure is not safe from attack – and that hackers now have the ability to seize full control of American energy infrastructure. The energy industry was notified on Saturday that the US government detected…


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UK collected #social media #data as part of its #mass surveillance

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It’s no secret that the UK has been engaging in mass surveillance over the past few years. Since Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed the extent of their program, the UK’s security and intelligence organization GCHQ has been under fire for possible violation of privacy laws, as well as the possibility that…


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Clinton calls #WikiLeaks an arm of #Russian intelligence, warns #cyber #Cold War ‘just getting started’

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Hillary Clinton has accused WikiLeaks of being a “subsidiary of Russian intelligence” and slammed its founder Julian Assange as a “nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator.” In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Four Corners scheduled to air Monday (16 October) night, the former Democratic…


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The #Pentagon is worried about #hackers causing a #stock market crash

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The Pentagon?! But no one’s worried when stocks get manipulated higher. It’s funny, the all-out government effort to prevent a major decline of the stock market, or of individual stocks, via manipulation or hacking. Now even the Pentagon is looking into it. What’s funny is that everyone cheers when manipulation,…


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Cyber cold war is just getting started, claims Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton embarked on a speaking tour of Britain with a message that the Brexit referendum was won on the basis of a big lie and warning that Vladimir Putin has been conducting a “cyber cold war” against the west. She urged more women to enter politics and praised those…


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