23 Apr 2020

Perspecta Labs Wins $14.5m Autonomous Cyber-Defense Contract

Perspecta Labs, which is the research arm of Perspecta Inc., has recently been awarded a significant defensive cyber-contract that is potentially worth $14.5 million. The contract was awarded to the company by the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), as well as two similar entities. The contract was considered

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06 Jan 2020

First Suleimani Attack By ‘Iranian’ Hackers Hits U.S., Exposing ‘Noisy’ New Threat

Over the weekend, threat actors defaced the website of the US Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), in what could be the first Iranian state-sponsored cyberattack in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday. In the wake of

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06 Jan 2020

DHS: Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber-attacks against the US

The US Department of Home Security (DHS) on Saturday issued a rare National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) alert warning about possible Iranian terror and cyber campaigns in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday. Suleimani was the

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06 Jan 2020

Alert overload is burning out security analysts

A recent CriticalStart study sheds light on the impact of alert overload on security operations centers (SOCs) and their staff. The survey found that only 41% of SOC employees still consider their main task to be analyzing and remediating security threats, compared to 70% last year. The majority of security

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03 Dec 2019

Crooks are exploiting unpatched Android flaw to drain users’ bank accounts

Hackers are taking advantage of StrandHogg, a recently publicized Android vulnerability, to steal banking credentials and empty accounts. European security company Wultra warns that several banks in the Czech Republic have reported money disappearing from customer accounts. All versions of Android are affected by the vulnerability, as well as all

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03 Dec 2019

Report: APT gang increased cyberattacks on businesses in Q3

Positive Technologies published a Cybersecurity Threatscape Q3 2019 update that found targeted attacks rose to 65% in Q3. Positive technologies also established that 81% of malware infections of corporate infrastructure originated with a phishing message. The targeted attacks in Q3 were mostly conducted by APT groups that pretend to represent

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08 Nov 2019

Charges: Chinese Surveillance Goods Illegally Sold to US

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) accuses US company Aventura Technologies of lying about the origin of millions of dollars in Chinese surveillance and other security equipment sold by the firm to the US military and other organizations. Prosecutors claim that the equipment that was sold “as purportedly US-made has

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04 Nov 2019

Solar, Wind Power Utility Disrupted in Rare Cyberattack

In March of this year, Utah-based renewable energy provider sPower suffered a denial-of-service (DoS) attack resulting in multiple short periods of downtime at the firm’s main control center. According to Phil Neray of CyberX, the attack “disrupted the organization’s ability to monitor the current status of its power-generation systems,” an

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30 Oct 2019

DISA Is Looking to Buy AI-Powered Cyber Defenses

The US Department of Defense plans to bolster its cybersecurity defenses by adopting automated cybersecurity solutions that rely on machine learning. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced last week that it “desires to leverage commercially available technology to strengthen its ability to detect and thwart cyber-attacks in real-time before

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25 Oct 2019

House Republicans’ national security-threatening impeachment stunt, explained by an expert

A security expert on Wednesday warned that when two dozen Republican lawmakers stormed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the Capitol earlier this week because they were unhappy with the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry, they effectively put national security at risk. Mieke Eoyang, who used to work at the SCIF,

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