14 Nov 2018

Pentagon Researchers Test ‘Worst-Case Scenario’ Attack on U.S. Power Grid

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 7-day exercise that took place earlier this month saw over 100 cyber specialists gathering on Plumb Island, a federal research facility off of New York’s Long Island, to respond to a fictional cyber attack against the power grid. DARPA researchers were able to segregate

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14 Nov 2018

US Air Force moves to fortify F-35 weak points against hacking

“The U.S. Air Force is devoting fresh energy to plugging cybersecurity holes in the F-35’s external support systems, as they are deemed the easiest entry points for hackers into the fifth-generation combat jet, according to a key service official. ‘It’s a software-based aircraft, and any software-based platform is going to

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13 Nov 2018

Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

“An internet traffic diversion that rerouted data through Russia and China disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and

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13 Nov 2018

A New Congress Brings New Tech Priorities and Increased Oversight

The new Democratic majority in Congress will likely have an impact on the continued development of cyber and tech policy. Areas that will likely see increased attention include privacy, oversight, and the new vacancy for the top Democrat place in the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee. Regarding privacy, the topic may

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13 Nov 2018

National School for Cybersecurity Opens in Senegal – First in Africa

In a country, region, and continent beset with cybercrime and cyber vulnerabilities, a new “National School of Cybersecurity” has been launched in Dakar, Senegal. The school is the first of its kind on the continent and hopes to function as a “best-practice hub” for all of Africa. Expected to begin

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12 Nov 2018

DOD file sharing tool disabled due to vulnerability

“Department of Defense leaders have disabled a secure file sharing system due to security risks and have not set a date to reinstate the technology. The Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center Safe Access File Exchange, or AMRDEC SAFE site was disabled as a preventative measure after

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12 Nov 2018

Amazon must give up Echo recordings in double murder case, judge rules

A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to deliver Echo recordings connected to a double murder that occurred in the room in which the Echo was located. An Amazon spokesperson had stated that it would not provide any data “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served,” similar to

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12 Nov 2018

Draft Federal Data Strategy Too ‘Unwieldy’ to Implement, Stakeholders Say

Critics of the forthcoming Federal Data Strategy have faulted it for being unwieldy and overly difficult for end users to understand. According to one policy analyst, “the current draft has 47 practices organized around five objectives, 10 principles and six lifecycle steps. The result is an unwieldy three-dimensional framework that

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12 Nov 2018

China Telecom Constantly Misdirects U.S. Internet Traffic

Chinese telecoms company China Telecom has a presence in North America and has been regularly rerouting traffic through China, according to a recent report. Researchers have found that China Telecom was able to use its North American presence over recent years to “hijack” traffic, sometimes over the course of weeks

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09 Nov 2018

Dutch police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking expensive IronChat crypto app

Dutch law enforcement decrypted over 258,000 messages sent within the IronChat application, a method sold as an end-to-end encrypted message service and allegedly endorsed by Edward Snowden (he has since stated that he had never heard of the application). In their statement Dutch officials shared that they reached a “breakthrough

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