07 Dec 2018

DHS wants a custom cyberthreat warning network

“The Department of Homeland Security wants to create a social network that businesses can use to exchange advanced knowledge of cyberattacks, an effort that echoes what a number of private sector organizations have created but is intended to operate on a larger scale. In a pre-solicitation statement, the agency said

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07 Dec 2018

Australia cracks open encrypted messaging

“Cryptology experts fear that contentious Australian laws that require tech firms to give security agencies access to encrypted data could be exploited by the same terrorists and criminals they are supposed to entrap. Passed by federal parliament Thursday, the Assistance and Access Bill is likely to be copied in some

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07 Dec 2018

Infected WordPress Sites Are Attacking Other WordPress Sites

“WordPress sites are being targeted in a series of attacks tied to a 20,000 botnet-strong army of infected WordPress websites. Behind the WordPress-on-WordPress assault is a widespread brute-force password attack leveraged through a Russian proxy provider and targeting a developer application program interface (API). The attacks, first identified by the

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07 Dec 2018

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

“Last year, an Oxford study revealed that military veterans are ripe targets for exploitation by foreign powers seeking to undermine American democracy. The report concluded that veterans are more likely than the average person to be community leaders and that their political opinions have significant influence on those around them.

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07 Dec 2018

Australian think tank hit by cyber attacks from China

“Australia’s leading foreign affairs think tank has been the subject of at least two cyber attacks from China, in an apparent effort to view its dealings with the federal government and foreign dignitaries. The attacks on the Lowy Institute mirrored a Chinese campaign against think tanks in the United States,

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06 Dec 2018

Clues in Marriott hack implicate China – sources

Unnamed investigators on the Marriott data breach have stated that tools, techniques, and procedures used in the attack have been used in the past by Chinese hackers. The sources were not authorized the discuss the probe but speaking on the condition of anonymity, shared that the campaign may have been

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06 Dec 2018

Quantum Computing That Can Crack Modern Encryption More Than a Decade Away

Quantum computers that will render current encryption protections obsolete will not be developed for at least another 10 years, according to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report. In spite of the significant amount of time between then and now, it also stresses the need for new cryptography

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06 Dec 2018

FBI: Watch out for Iranian SamSam malware

DHS and the FBI shared a joint alert on December third regarding the critical infrastructure threat posed by the Iranian SamSam virus. The ultimate purpose of the virus is the successful intrusion and takeover of a network for the purpose of extorting a ransom (ransomware). The alert recommended strong passwords,

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06 Dec 2018

GOP campaign arm reports ‘cyber intrusion’

The National Republican Congressional Committee has announced a “cyber intrusion” during the 2018 midterm campaigns and the breach has been official reported to the FBI. Few details were included with the announcement, but no attribution was announced. “The cybersecurity of the committee’s data is paramount, and upon learning of the

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06 Dec 2018

DISA Outlines Plans to Wall Off the Public Internet

The DoD has been seeking white papers from vendors with plans for cloud-based systems that would effectively permit continued use of necessary internet connectivity but cut off public web access in a way that closes doors on most access points for hackers. Through the proposed system, all browsing would be

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