31 Oct 2016

Rule 41 Changes to Allow for Remotely Disabling Hacked Computers

“At the same time, U.S. domestic law-enforcement agencies are on the cusp of gaining broader authority to hack into computers suspected of involvement in a cyberattack or other crime. The proposed changes to little-known Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure will go into effect Dec. 1, unless

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31 Oct 2016

How to build and retain a talented cybersecurity team

“The results of our survey of cybersecurity professionals show that challenging, high-impact work and continuing investment in training are more critical to attracting and keeping all cybersecurity professionals than competitive pay and benefits.” Source: How to build and retain a talented cybersecurity team – Center for Strategic and International Studies

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28 Oct 2016

Lawmakers Press Justice Department on Expanded Police Hacking Powers

“Nearly two dozen lawmakers queried the Justice Department today about a controversial expansion of police hacking powers scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. The change, an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, would allow a single judge to issue a warrant allowing police to hack

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28 Oct 2016

Red Cross data leak: personal data of 550,000 blood donors made public

“The private lives of half a million Australians – including sexual and medical histories – have been made public in what could be one of the country’s largest data breaches.” Source: Red Cross data leak: personal data of 550,000 blood donors made public

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28 Oct 2016

Teen Arrested for Cyberattack on 911 Emergency System

“An 18-year-old teen from Arizona was arrested this week after one of his iOS exploits caused serious disruption to 911 emergency systems. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai was booked on three counts of Computer Tampering, which in this case is a Class 2 felony, considered

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28 Oct 2016

In Russia’s cyberscene: Kremlin desires, private hackers, and patriotism

“Vyarya was ‘loaned’ on an unofficial basis to Rostek, the Russian state technology conglomerate, in early 2015, and sent to an office in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, he was asked to help develop software not to block, but to amplify DDoS attacks. He did – and he was appalled when the

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27 Oct 2016

US Mulls Tricky Options for Retaliation Against Russian Hacks

“The decision by top intelligence and Homeland Security officials to attribute election-related data breaches to top Russian government officials earlier this month marked a sea change in cyber relations between the two former Cold War adversaries.” Source: It’s On: US Mulls Tricky Options for Retaliation Against Russian Hacks – Nextgov.com

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26 Oct 2016

60% of small companies that suffer a cyber attack are out of business within six months.

“The U.S’ National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60 percent of small companies are unable to sustain their businesses over six months after a cyber attack. According to the Ponemon Institute, the average price for small businesses to clean up after their businesses have been hacked stands at $690,000; and, for

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26 Oct 2016

Vulnerability Is the Internet’s Original Sin

“The founders considered security provisions too much of a burden.” Source: The Dyn DDOS attack shows how vulnerable we’ve made ourselves.

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26 Oct 2016

US wants Mexico under grid security pact before year’s end

“The Obama administration is scrambling to make Mexico by the end of the year a full-fledged member of a North American industry pact that works to defend the electric grid from cyberattacks.” Source: US wants Mexico under grid security pact before year’s end | Washington Examiner

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