23 Sep 2019

Remember that security probe that ended with a sheriff cuffing the pen testers? The contract is now public so you can decide who screwed up

Two security experts who were hired by the state of Iowa to test the IT security of the Iowa court system were arrested at the county courthouse of Dallas, Iowa earlier this month as the result of a disagreement between the security firm and local authorities about the scope of

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20 Sep 2019

Payment Card Breach Hits 8 Cities Using Vulnerable Bill Portal

Two years after a vulnerability in payment software used by municipalities across the United Sates resulted in a breach exposing the payment card details of hundreds of thousands of US citizens, threat actors have managed to attack the Click2Gov software one again. In August of this year, attackers exploited another

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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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18 Sep 2019

US Justice Department Sues Snowden Over New Book

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing former CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden over his new book, Permanent Record, because Snowden allegedly violated non-disclose agreements he signed with the two intelligence agencies that employed him in the past. The DOJ aims to ensure that Snowden will not earn

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18 Sep 2019

Guidance on Federal AI Regulations Coming Shortly, Federal CTO Says

US Federal Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios on Tuesday said the government will soon publish a first set of regulations governing the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. According to Kratsios, the document will have legal force and will “set the tone globally on the way that we can be

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17 Sep 2019

US Huawei problem goes far beyond trade, security official says

In a presentation at the multilateral action on sensitive technologies (MAST) conference, US State Department official Ashley Ford last week outlined why the US government’s security worries about Huawei go way beyond the ongoing trade war between the US and China. In May of this year, US President Donald Trump

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09 Sep 2019

Should social media organizations be subject to strict privacy regulation?

Four out of five (80%) IT security professionals believe that governments should introduce new security and privacy legislation, and they feel this is particularly true for legislation dealing with the data collection and storage practices of social media companies. However, the vast majority (82%) of respondents said that lawmakers have

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06 Sep 2019

China Set Traps To Capture Dangerous NSA Cyberattack Weapons: New Report

A new report by Check Point indicates that Chinese state-backed hackers set deliberate traps to steal the NSA-linked cyber weapons that were leaked by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group in 2017. Earlier this year, Symantec already found evidence that Chinese cyber espionage group Buckeye (aka APT3, UPS Team, Gothic Panda,

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06 Sep 2019

Most citizens are against local governments paying ransomware attackers

Three in four (75%) US taxpayers are worried out ransomware threats to their private data and 80% are worried about how the threat impacts local governments, a new survey by Morning Consult and IBM shows. Around 60% of respondents don’t want targeted government entities to pay ransomware actors, and over

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