Ransomware
29 Aug 2016

DHS Warns Ransomware Attacks Disrupt Emergency Service Operations

The FBI, DHS, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS- ISAC) assess it is very likely ransomware attacks against US ESS agencies could have negative implications for operations and services. These implications can include,but are not limited to, disruption of operational continuity as access to critical systems is

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29 Aug 2016

Cyber threat grows for bitcoin exchanges

“When hackers penetrated a secure authentication system at a bitcoin exchange called Bitfinex earlier this month, they stole about $70 million worth of the virtual currency. The cyber theft — the second largest by an exchange since hackers took roughly $350 million in bitcoins at Tokyo’s MtGox exchange in early

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29 Aug 2016

FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

“The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained

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26 Aug 2016

Polish think-take advocates offensive cyber stance for NATO

“NATO should opt for developing offensive cyber capabilities as opposed to only defensive ones, says one of Poland’s leading security think-tanks. The mixed nature of hybrid warfare requires the shift, it argues in a new paper.” Source: Polish think-take advocates offensive cyber stance for NATO | IHS Jane’s 360

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25 Aug 2016

How the DNC hack is boosting anti-US sentiment in Russia

“‘The [DNC] hack has been framed in a broader narrative of a broader western conspiracy against Russia,’ says Alina Polyakova of the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. ‘This idea that everything is corrupt, that everything is rotten, that there’s no such thing as a real democracy – this kind

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25 Aug 2016

Unorthodox Muddy Waters Partnership Targets St. Jude’s Devices

“MedSec is taking a path that some frustrated security experts believe is the only way to create fundamental change: find a way to impose significant monetary penalties on companies it believes are negligent when it comes to protecting consumers. But the startup is doing so in ways that violate some

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25 Aug 2016

Apple releases ‘Emergency’ Patch after Advanced Spyware Targets Human Rights Activist

“One of the world’s most invasive software weapon distributors, called the NSO Group, has been exploiting three zero-day security vulnerabilities in order to spy on dissidents and journalists. The NSO Group is an Israeli firm that sells spying and surveillance software that secretly tracks a target’s mobile phone.” Source: Apple

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24 Aug 2016

Cisco Exploit Leaked in NSA Hack Modifies to Target Latest Version of Firewalls

“However, the exploit has now been expanded to 9.2.(4) after researchers from Hungary-based security consultancy SilentSignal were able to modify the code of ExtraBacon to make it work on a much newer version of Cisco’s ASA software. Both Cisco and Fortinet have confirmed their firewalls are affected by exploits listed

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24 Aug 2016

NSA Targeted Chinese Firewall Maker Huawei, Leaked Documents Suggest

“When the mysterious Shadow Brokers dumped a cache of hacking tools used by an NSA-linked group last week, researchers quickly identified a number of the spy agencies’ targets, including American security companies like Cisco, Juniper, and Fortinet.” Source: NSA Targeted Chinese Firewall Maker Huawei, Leaked Documents Suggest | Motherboard

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24 Aug 2016

Iran looking to enhance cyber capabilities

“While China and Russia have built up a robust profile in cyberspace, many are warning against Iran’s growing capabilities and behavior. Iran is one of the five evolving strategic challenges facing the U.S., along with Russia and China, North Korea and terrorism,  according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Iran’s malicious activity

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