20 Mar 2019

Businesses failing to meet California Consumer Privacy Act compliance goals

A new report by TrustArc indicates that with less than 10 months left before California’s sweeping new data protection law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect, only 14% of organizations are already compliant with the new legislation, while 16% of firms haven’t even started preparing for compliance

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20 Mar 2019

White House starts to flesh out AI research plan — and raises its profile with AI.gov

As part of it’s broader policy to promote artificial intelligence (AI) research and development (R&D), the White House has launched AI.gov, an official domain used to showcase the government’s new AI strategy and related projects. According to the Trump administration, the domain is part of the government’s efforts to solidify

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20 Mar 2019

Bank hackers team up to spread financial Trojans worldwide

Financial Trojans are among the biggest global cyber threats, and the risks for organizations and users only appear to be increasing, for new IBM research shows that the cybercrime groups behind various prominent financial Trojans are increasingly collaborating with each other in order to launch more successful malware campaigns. Last

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19 Mar 2019

Mirai Variant Goes After Enterprise Systems

Researchers with Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 have discovered a campaign targeting wireless presentation and display systems used by enterprises. The campaign was launched in January and involves a new variant of Mirai, an internet of things (IoT) botnet that up until now was known to target consumer IoT devices.

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19 Mar 2019

ISIS Camp In Baghouz Is Captured, As U.S. Allies Declare Progress In Syria

US-backed forces in Syria on Tuesday captured a large ISIS holdout in Baghouz, the Islamic State’s last enclave on Syrian territory. A spokesman with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated that “[t]his is not a victory announcement, but a significant progress in the fight,” because “[c]lashes are continuing as a

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19 Mar 2019

Hacked tornado sirens taken offline in two Texas cities ahead of major storm

The latest worrisome example of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to cyberattacks comes from Texas, where an unknown threat actor last week managed to hack into a total of 30 tornado emergency sirens in two towns, and subsequently set off the alarms in the middle of the night. As a

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. freezes out top Afghan official in peace talks feud: sources

In the latest sign that the recent US-Taliban peace talks have strained US-Afghanistan relations, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that the US will no longer deal with Afghanistan’s security adviser Hamdullah Mohib. Last Thursday, Mohib not only complained that the US

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19 Mar 2019

EU Adopts New Response Protocol for Major Cyberattacks

The European Union has adopted a new response protocol for large cross-border cyberattacks. The protocol should facilitate the exchange of information between law enforcement agencies at the national, regional and international level, while also making it easier to coordinate assessment and response efforts in response to a major cross-border attack.

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19 Mar 2019

U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is traveling to the Middle East this week as part of US President Trump’s efforts to isolate Iran. Pompeo will try to get support from Kuwait, Israel and Lebanon for the strategy that has not been welcomed by US allies in Europe and has

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19 Mar 2019

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The US Energy Department on Monday revealed that it is building a supercomputer worth $500 million. The machine, dubbed Aurora, should be the first American computer capable of performing more than a quintillion calculations per second and will enable the US to stay ahead of China in the technology race

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