24 Oct 2019

Senior Infosec Staffer Resigns, Says White House On Track To Be Hacked Again

Dimitrios Vastakis, a branch chief of the White House computer network defense who resigned from his post earlier this week, warns that the White House “is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again” as the result of recent measures that greatly undermine the security posture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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21 Oct 2019

US Military Will Stop Using Floppy Disks to Operate Its Nuclear Weapons System

The Pentagon is finally abandoning its archaic nuclear launch systems that still rely on 8-inch floppy disks. According to an official, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) will start using a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution” instead. SACCS, the communication infrastructure that transmits emergency action messages for

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14 Oct 2019

Mississippi Shows Flagrant Disregard for Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity posture of Mississippi state entities, including agencies, boards, commissions and universities, tends to be incredibly poor, the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) discovered during a recent audit. Out of the 125 entities included in the audit, a mere 53 had implemented a cybersecurity policy, while 11 entities

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09 Oct 2019

Industry Leaders Throw Weight Behind Interoperability Alliance

In order to promote interoperability and data sharing in the cybersecurity industry, international consortium OASIS has set up the Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA). The initiative was led by IBM Security and McAfee and is also supported by the following 16 vendors: Advanced Cyber Security Corp, Corsa, CrowdStrike, CyberArk, Cybereason, DFLabs,

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03 Oct 2019

America Launches New Cybersecurity Directorate

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has established a new Cybersecurity Directorate to take over the foreign intelligence and cyber activities of the agency. According to an NSA spokesperson, the new directorate “will reinvigorate NSA’s white hat mission by sharing critical threat information and collaborating with partners and customers to

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01 Oct 2019

Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Combating Ransomware Attacks

The United States Senate recently approved the “DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act,” which aims to help local governments and private companies fight ransomware infections and other cyberattacks by enabling the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to set up “incident response teams” that can assist organizations under attack.

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25 Sep 2019

27 Countries Sign Pledge to Play Nice Online

Earlier this week, 27 countries released a joint statement in which they pledged to cooperate on holding countries accountable for offensive cyber campaigns, warning that “there must be consequences for bad behavior in cyberspace.” The countries want to address the status quo in which “state and non-state actors are using

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23 Sep 2019

Windows 7 Voting Systems to Get Free Security Updates Through 2020 Elections

Even though Windows 7 will reach end-of-life on January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for US voting systems running this operating system. The extended support will cover voting systems used for the 2020 US presidential election as well as local US elections and national elections in

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20 Sep 2019

Key Senate Panel Approves $250 Million for Election Security

The US Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved $250 million in funding for election security at the state level. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, stated that “funding election security grants is a matter of national security.” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had initially

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19 Sep 2019

Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on US soil

In 2016, Russian officials managed to breach the FBI communications system in a way that seriously undermined the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies in the US and prompted the FBI and the CIA to break off communications with certain assets out of fear they could otherwise be compromised by

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