30 Jun 2022

Coinbase will reportedly sell crypto user geo-location data to U.S. ICE immigrations and customs agency

Crypto exchange Coinbase analytics program, Coinbase Tracer, will provide the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) with data about crypto users, including their “historical geo tracking data” and transaction history, according to a contract obtained by watchdog group Tech Inquiry. The contract adds detail to what was previously known about

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26 May 2021

US to Regulate Pipeline Cybersecurity

Just a week after Colonial Pipeline allegedly paid a ransom of $4.4 million to the cybercrime gang DarkSide following a destructive ransomware attack, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to issue its first-ever set of cybersecurity regulations for pipelines. Colonial Pipeline was forced to take its

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11 May 2021

DHS Drops Proposal to Expand Immigration-Related Biometrics Collection

The Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn a proposal that was introduced within the last few months of the Trump administration that would have expanded the collection to biometric data relating to immigration. The rule was first published in the Federal Register on September 11, and would have removed age

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19 Apr 2021

DHS Warns of Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Exploiting TikTok

In a new alert, the Department of Homeland Security is warning that Domestic Violent Extremists and Foreign Terrorist Organizations have bee using TikTok to recruit, promote violence, and disseminate tactical guidance for use in various terrorist and criminal activities. The alert highlights several instances of TikTok being used in this manner and how these entities are avoiding detection and termination of their accounts.

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30 Mar 2021

SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials

New information has been released about the SolarWinds hack in which suspected Russian nationals gained access to US agencies’ systems, with the Department of Homeland Security conceding that the threat actors gained access to email accounts belonging to the head of the agency, Chad Wolf. Other department employees’ emails were

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04 Mar 2021

CISA tells Federal Agencies to Immediately Patch or ‘Disconnect’ Microsoft Exchange Servers

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has posted a new emergency directive calling on federal agencies to immediately patch or disconnect Microsoft Exchange servers. The alert follows a recent warning from Microsoft about major zero-day attacks on email servers, according to a recent posting by

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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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