22 Jul 2019

Ex-NSA contractor sentenced to 9 years for stolen documents

Harold Martin, a former contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA), has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing a great number of highly classified documents and storing them in his home. While there is no evidence indicating that Martin wanted to share the data, he

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22 Jul 2019

Ransomware Attacks Grow Rampant, Paying Still Not a Good Option

A string of recent ransomware attacks across the United States confirms that this threat is rapidly getting out of hand, especially for public sector entities: Last week, various systems of Henry County, Georgia were infected with ransomware. The incident impacted the budgeting and procurement systems, and the Planning and Zoning

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22 Jul 2019

Russian FSB Intel Agency Contractor Hacked, Secret Projects Exposed

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) suffered the biggest data leak in its history after a hacking group operating under the name 0v1ru$ recently obtained unauthorized access to the network of Sytech, a contractor for the FSB. After stealing 7.5TB of data from Sytech, 0v1ru$ shared the information with a

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19 Jul 2019

Report Finds California Government IT Security Flaws

A recent report by California’s state auditor uncovered “high risk deficiencies” at 21 of 33 government entities that are not forced to follow security standards developed by the California Department of Technology. Certain entities had not implemented basic security measures including changing default passwords and patching vulnerable systems. The report

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18 Jul 2019

Cyber Threats to Parks and Rec: There are things we should all be doing to minimize risks to government of ransomware

So much attention has been paid to “election hacking” and the like in recent years, analysts and commentators have effectively forgotten an equally if not more pressing threat to American government at all levels: ransomware. We cannot fix the reading comprehension problems and poor critical thinking skills of more than half the nation’s population, but we can make serious progress against those who would make us digital hostages.

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18 Jul 2019

Federal and SLED IT managers say AI will be a game changer

A new survey by MeriTalk indicates that 90% of IT managers in Federal, state, local, and higher education (SLED) organizations say that in over the past two years, a shift has taken place toward the adoption of AI technologies. Despite this, only 14% of respondents stated that AI has been

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17 Jul 2019

US Senators Target Huawei With ‘Death Sentence’ Law To Block Trump’s Backtrack

US lawmakers intend to take control over the US ban on Huawei products, which would allow them to block President Donald Trump’s recent decision to partially relax the blacklisting of the Chinese tech giant. In May of this year, Trump signed an executive order extending the federal ban on Huawei products

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15 Jul 2019

La Porte County Pays $130,000 Ransom To Ryuk Ransomware

Just days after the United States Conference of Mayors took a united stance “against paying ransoms in the event of an IT security breach,” another local government in the United States announced that it recently paid a significant sum to ransomware attackers in order to regain access to its data.

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12 Jul 2019

US mayors group adopts resolution not to pay any more ransoms to hackers

Earlier this week, the United States Conference of Mayors took a united stance “against paying ransoms in the event of an IT security breach.” A nonbinding resolution unanimously adopted by the organization states that “paying ransomware attackers encourages continued attacks on other government systems, as perpetrators financially benefit.” The Conference

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08 Jul 2019

Over $800,000 Stolen by Scammers in Atlanta Area City BEC Fraud

Last month, cybercriminals managed to steal over $800,000 from the City of Griffin, Georgia by targeting the city’s finance department with a textbook Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam. The threat actors sent a fraudulent email to a city employee in which they posed as a city vendor and requested the

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