21 Sep 2017

U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had ‘critical’ cyber weaknesses in January

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detected five ‘critical’ cyber security weaknesses on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s computers as of January 23, 2017, according to a confidential weekly report reviewed by Reuters.” Source: Exclusive: U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had ‘critical’ cyber weaknesses in January

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21 Sep 2017

Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

“The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.” Source: Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will censor them

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21 Sep 2017

Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight

“An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany,

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21 Sep 2017

US, Moscow seek Russian held in Greece over Bitcoin laundering

“Moscow has requested the extradition of a Russian national also wanted in the United States for laundering billions of dollars through a Bitcoin exchange he operated, a judicial source said Tuesday. Alexander Vinnik, who headed BTC-e, an exchange he operated for the Bitcoin crypto-currency, was indicted by a US court

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21 Sep 2017

German officials see no sign of election hacking … yet

“German officials say there’s no sign of concerted cyberattacks aimed at influencing the outcome of the country’s upcoming election, but warned Wednesday against giving the all-clear yet.” Source: German officials see no sign of election hacking … yet

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21 Sep 2017

SEC Discloses Hackers Broke Into Edgar Corporate Filing System Last Year

“Now, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the top U.S. markets regulator, has disclosed that hackers managed to hack into its financial document filing system and may have illegally profited from the stolen information. On Wednesday, the SEC announced that its officials learnt last month that a previously detected 2016

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19 Sep 2017

FedEx: NotPetya Cost $300m, Wrecked Q1 Earnings

“FedEx, the worldwide package delivery giant, said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that the NotPetya ransomware outbreak in late June has cost it an estimated $300 million dollars and forced the company to miss its fiscal first quarter earnings. The company said in its quarterly ‘8K’ report to the

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19 Sep 2017

Equifax Breach Prompts Renewed Calls for National Breach Notification Standard

“Cyber-focused lawmakers are taking advantage of the public outcry over the massive Equifax breach to renew calls for a nationwide standard for when companies must disclose a data breach.” Source: Equifax Breach Prompts Renewed Calls for National Breach Notification Standard – Nextgov.com

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18 Sep 2017

Millions Download Maliciously Modified PC Utility

“More than 2 million users are estimated to have downloaded a maliciously modified version of a software utility owned by antivirus firm Avast. The affected application, CCleaner, helps users perform routine maintenance on their systems, and provides functionality such as temporary files deletion, performance optimization analysis, and application management. Developed

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15 Sep 2017

Equifax CIO, CSO Step Down

“Embattled credit-monitoring company names interim replacements for both positions and outlines more details about the massive breach. Equifax late today announced that its chief information officer and chief security officer were ‘retiring’ and ‘effective immediately.’ While the credit-monitoring firm did not include the executives’ names in its announcement, Equifax’s website lists

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