30 Nov 2018

Iranian hacking spree hit hospitals, other entities in 43 US states

“Two Iranian hackers charged Wednesday in a federal indictment were accused of attacking the computer networks of hospitals and other targets in 43 states, a broad criminal extortion campaign that walloped a heart hospital in Kansas and disrupted one of the nation’s largest diagnostic blood testing companies in North Carolina.

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30 Nov 2018

FBI’s Counterterrorism Investigations Now Run on Amazon

An FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism recently announced a nearly two-year-old partnership between the bureau and Amazon in which Amazon’s cloud services are used to host and analyze counterterrorism intelligence, both classified and unclassified. The partnership emerged from what the FBI referred to as a “data crisis” that was

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29 Nov 2018

The Sea of Azov won’t become the new South China Sea (and Russia knows it)

“While Russia is surely claiming territorial dominion over Crimea, the highly contested root of the conflict here, Moscow knows that the Sea of Azov likely won’t turn into the kind of international debacle China created with ludicrously expansive claims in the South China Sea, and that gives Russia enormous leverage.

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29 Nov 2018

Russian Hackers Haven’t Stopped Probing the US Power Grid

“At the CyberwarCon forum in Washington, DC on Wednesday, researchers from threat intelligence firm FireEye noted that while the US grid is relatively well-defended, and difficult to hit with a full-scale cyberattack, Russian actors have nonetheless continue to benefit from their ongoing vetting campaign. ‘There’s still a concentrated Russian cyber

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29 Nov 2018

Agencies Will Soon Have a Cyber Hygiene Score—And Will Know Where They Rank

“Soon, federal agencies will have a clear idea of how they are doing on basic cybersecurity and be able to compare their posture to other agencies across the government. The Homeland Security Department’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, or CDM, is providing agencies with a sophisticated suite of cybersecurity tools.

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29 Nov 2018

Russia to deploy new missiles to Crimea as Ukraine tensions rise

“Russia said on Wednesday it would send more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea and a Reuters reporter saw a Russian warship deploying nearby as tensions with Ukraine rose over Moscow’s seizure of Ukrainian navy ships. Russia has steadily poured new military hardware into Crimea since it

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29 Nov 2018

US makes case for withdrawal from missile treaty with Russia

“Russia has for years been developing, testing and deploying a missile that violates a landmark nuclear weapons treaty, a senior White House official said Tuesday, making a case for the administration’s planned withdrawal from the accord ahead of a scheduled meeting between the leaders of the two nations. The nuclear-capable

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29 Nov 2018

Argentina prosecutor takes on case against Mohammed bin Salman

Following a Human Rights Watch document arguing for its permissibility under the Argentinian legal system, Argentine authorities are exploring prosecution options against Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman for war crimes or crimes against humanity for Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen and regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. The

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28 Nov 2018

Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the SSL Padlock

Once recommended as a sign of online safety, data suggests that around half of all phishing websites in Q3 2018 boasted the SSL padlock security icon next to its domain name, an increase of 35% over Q2. A likely reason for the increase is that users strongly associate the icon

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28 Nov 2018

Indonesian app allows citizens to report ‘misguided’ religious beliefs

Technology is often lauded as a democratizing force, but its dark side as a new component in oppression has become increasingly visible. In a recent example, a new app in Indonesia, launched by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, allows users to report “misguided” religious beliefs. The country has strict blasphemy laws and

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