14 Dec 2017

The Mirai Botnet Was Part of a College Student Minecraft Scheme

“THE MOST DRAMATIC cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented botnet—powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security cameras and wireless routers—that unleashed sweeping attacks on key internet services around the globe

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14 Dec 2017

Men plead guilty to creating botnet used to crash the web

“Three men pleaded guilty to creating a botnet known as Mirai that was used to paralyze chunks of the internet in 2016.” Source: Men plead guilty to creating botnet used to crash the web

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14 Dec 2017

Senator calls on administration to act on election cybersecurity since Congress won’t

“In a recent letter to, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s assistant for national security affairs, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on the executive branch to take action to secure political elections in the U.S., citing unwillingness by Congressional leadership to take action through legislative means.” Source: Senator calls on

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12 Dec 2017

US Officials, Lawmakers Warn More Cyberattacks Coming

“The United States is bracing for another wave of cyberattacks focused on disrupting or undermining the 2018 midterm elections, with some officials warning this is just the beginning of a much deeper and broader threat.” Source: US Officials, Lawmakers Warn More Cyberattacks Coming

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12 Dec 2017

Bill to Elevate and Rename DHS Cyber Division Passes House

“The bill, sponsored by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, would rename the division, which is now called the National Protection and Programs Directorate, to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency.” Source: Bill to Elevate and Rename DHS Cyber Division Passes House – Nextgov

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12 Dec 2017

Company That Used Russian Coders for Pentagon Project Strikes Deal

“Russian developers did some of the coding work for a Defense Department software system and stored that code inside a server in Moscow, according to a non-prosecution agreement released Monday.” Source: Company That Used Russian Coders for Pentagon Project Strikes Deal – Nextgov

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11 Dec 2017

Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam

“A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.” Source: Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam: report

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11 Dec 2017

The American Way of War Is Based On Tech: Don’t Let It Be Our Downfall!

“My hope in sharing this is to get you to read this short story and think about it in a context of today’s military. The lessons from this story are the same lessons which should be learned from Thucydides and Sun Tzu and countless others. These are the same lessons that should have been

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11 Dec 2017

VA Wasted $1.1 Billion on Failed IT Projects in Six Years

“The Veterans Affairs Department wasted more than a billion dollars over six years attempting to upgrade its electronic health records system before scrapping the projects in June, according to a congressional watchdog.” Source: VA Wasted $1.1 Billion on Failed IT Projects in Six Years – Nextgov

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11 Dec 2017

NGA Launches Bold Recruitment Plan to Hire Silicon Valley’s Best

“Attention Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin and other tech hubs across the country: One of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies wants your best and brightest tech talent, and it’s making a game-changing strategic play to get them.” Source: NGA Launches Bold Recruitment Plan to Hire Silicon Valley’s Best – Nextgov

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