06 Dec 2018

FBI: Watch out for Iranian SamSam malware

DHS and the FBI shared a joint alert on December third regarding the critical infrastructure threat posed by the Iranian SamSam virus. The ultimate purpose of the virus is the successful intrusion and takeover of a network for the purpose of extorting a ransom (ransomware). The alert recommended strong passwords,

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06 Dec 2018

GOP campaign arm reports ‘cyber intrusion’

The National Republican Congressional Committee has announced a “cyber intrusion” during the 2018 midterm campaigns and the breach has been official reported to the FBI. Few details were included with the announcement, but no attribution was announced. “The cybersecurity of the committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the

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06 Dec 2018

DISA Outlines Plans to Wall Off the Public Internet

The DoD has been seeking white papers from vendors with plans for cloud-based systems that would effectively permit continued use of necessary internet connectivity but cut off public web access in a way that closes doors on most access points for hackers. Through the proposed system, all browsing would be

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06 Dec 2018

Quora Breach Exposes a Wealth of Info on 100M Users

Joining the ranks of organizations like the dealing with a data breach in the past weeks (most notably USPS, Dell EMC, Dunkin Donuts, and Marriott), crowdsourced answer website Quora has had a breach impacting up to 100 million users. The breach included usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, direct messages, and information

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06 Dec 2018

In Somalia, Businesses Face Triple ‘Taxation’ by Militants

Competition between Al-Shabab and pro-Islamic State groups in Somalia is further stifling economic activity across the area through forced taxation. “Business are paying three taxes today, Al-Shabab taxes, Daesh taxes, and the normal government taxes,” according to the former director of the National Intelligence Agency in Somalia. “If they don’t

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04 Dec 2018

Israel launches counter-tunnel Lebanese border operation

“Israel on Tuesday announced that it has begun an extensive operation to neutralize Hezbollah-built tunnels, which are said to enter Israel and place targets in the north of the country at risk. The action has already been labeled operation ‘Northern Shield’ by Israeli security forces. Areas near the border have

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04 Dec 2018

Mexico’s New Leader Says He Will Use the Army to Fight Crime

“President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office Sunday to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: stemming rampant violence and rising murders. Speaking before rows of generals at a sun-drenched military installation in one of Mexico

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04 Dec 2018

Russian Hackers Allegedly Attacked Germany and the U.S. on the Same Day

Separate reports have connected Russian hackers to different attacks in the U.S. and in Germany on November 14, although it remains uncertain if the events were linked or whether any systems were breached. “First, U.S. cybersecurity companies reported that the group known as Cozy Bear—allegedly an arm of Russia’s foreign

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04 Dec 2018

MI6 chief says cyber brings ‘potentially existential challenge’

In a rare public speech the head of the British MI6 Alex Younger has several interesting perspectives on the role that cyber will play in future espionage efforts: ‘We are evolving rapidly. Cyber is now our fastest-growing directorate. We are shifting our focus to the nexus between humans and technology.’”

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04 Dec 2018

The Biggest Data Breaches Of All Time, Ranked

News of new data breaches splash across the headlines on a seemingly weekly, if not daily, basis. Marriott’s loss of personal information from around 500 million guests is the most recent and one of the most largest. But how does it stack up against others by sheer numbers? This Nextgov

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