03 Dec 2020

Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations

The IBM cybersecurity division has found that a series of cyberattacks are targeting companies and government organizations pertaining to COVID-19 vaccine development, storage, and distribution. It is unclear whether the attackers are looking to steal technology for keeping vaccines before they are administered or to sabotage the operation. The Department

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03 Sep 2020

Homeland Security to Propose Biometric Collection Rules

The Department of Homeland Security will likely soon propose a definition of biometrics that are authorized for collection, establishing defined guidelines for biometric surveillance and creating clear rules for this sensitive data’s uses. These regulations are long overdue, as biometric data usage has been a controversial topic over the past

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13 Aug 2020

DHS Worried About Ransomware Attacks for 2020 Election

According to an intelligence report issued by the Department of Homeland Security, one of the top 2020 election security concerns is ransomware. A report entitled “Cybercriminals and Criminal Hackers Capable of Disrupting Election Infrastructure”, echos concerns CISA head Chris Krebs articulate at the Black Hat security conference in early August. According to the report, the weeks leading up to the election are likely to be the highest risk for ransomware attacks.

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15 May 2020

DHS Warns that Conspiracy Theories Are Inciting Attacks Against Communications Infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an intelligence alert highlight the threat to communication infrastructures posed by conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to Covid-19. The alert highlights that DHS expects the attacks to increase as the disease spreads to include attacks against telecommunication industry workers.

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01 May 2020

DHS CISA to provide DoH and DoT servers for government use

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that it plans to run DoH and DoT DNS resolution servers for federal use. However, the agency recommended that other government agencies disable DoH and DoT support on employee browsers until the CISA servers are ready for

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10 Apr 2020

DHS Warns That COVID is Provoking Extremist Violence

DHS has warned that the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic by domestic violent extremists (DVEs) for the purpose of committing hate crimes, acts of violence, or inciting others to commit violence.a Among the broad category of DVEs, racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs), militia extremists, and others have called

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20 Mar 2020

Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a detailed guide on how to identify critical infrastructure during the pandemic. The publication states that functioning critical infrastructure is paramount to effectively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak for health and safety reasons. The DHS states that specific

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10 Sep 2019

Mitigating Risks To America’s Cognitive Infrastructure

This is the second of a series on our nation’s most neglected critical infrastructure, our cognitive infrastructure. The first post dove into the nature of the challenge and why it is so important for our future that the threats to our cognitive infrastructure are understood and addressed. This post flows from that one and suggests ways the nation can mitigate many of these risks.

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21 May 2019

DHS warns of ‘strong concerns’ that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

The US Department of Homeland Security is warning that drones manufactured in China are a “potential risk to an organization’s information,” because they are capable of sending sensitive flight data to servers that may be accessed by the manufacturer as well as by other parties, such as the Chinese government.

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06 May 2019

2020 Campaign Staffers Being Trained to Handle Cyber Threats

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reaching out to the campaigns of presidential candidates for 2020 in an attempt to help them protect themselves against interference campaigns by state-backed hackers and other threat actors. The DHS is offering to share threat intelligence with campaigns and test the security

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