26 Jun 2019

Second US town pays up to ransomware hackers

For the second time in a week, a Florida city has paid a massive ransom to threat actors that infected the city’s systems with file-encrypting malware. While Riviera Beach recently paid $600,000 in ransom, Lake City got a slightly better deal this week. The city transferred $500,000 in bitcoin to

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20 Jun 2019

Florida City Pays $600,000 Ransom to Save Computer Records

In an incident that should serve as a warning for government entities and corporations alike, Riviera Beach, Florida this week decided to pay $600,000 in ransom to threat actors that infected the city network with ransomware three weeks ago. All the city’s records were encrypted as a result of the

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18 Jun 2019

Equifax breach impacted the online ID verification process at many US govt agencies

A recent report[pdf] by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights a relatively unknown dimension of the impact of the massive 2017 Equifax data breach. The standard method used by many government agencies for identifying US citizens that want to apply for benefits through digital portals, was rendered unsafe by

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12 Jun 2019

More than 3B fake emails sent daily as phishing attacks persist

A new Valimail report shows that threat actors are distributing a staggering 3.4 billion inauthentic emails every single day, representing 1.2% of all email. This is happening even though 80% of all inboxes across the globe use the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) open standard in order to

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11 Jun 2019

CBP Says Thousands of Traveler Photos Stolen in ‘Malicious Cyber-Attack

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was the targeted of a “a malicious cyber-attack” resulting in the theft of data belonging to thousands of travelers entering and exiting the US. The attackers obtained the data by breaching a CBP subcontractor that had put the data at risk by failing

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16 Apr 2019

Government websites top the charts for online trust

According to a new report based on 2018 figures from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA), US Federal government websites ranked higher than any other sector in terms of security and privacy, with 91% of websites qualifying for the ‘ Honor Roll,’ OTA’s top rating. This is a vast

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09 Apr 2019

Trump Shakeup Impacts Cybersecurity Policy

Cybersecurity experts are worried that the recent departures of US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles will undermine the continuity of the US cybersecurity policy. Both the DHS and the Secret Service play vital cybersecurity roles, since their responsibilities include the protection

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09 Apr 2019

Government, private sector team up to boost cyber workforce

Mastercard, Microsoft, Workday, the Partnership for Public Service and 11 government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, are launching a cooperative effort to boost the US government’s cybersecurity workforce. The Cyber Talent Initiative will enable graduates to work at one of the government agencies for two years. After that,

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14 Feb 2019

U.S. Senators Announce Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Bills

U.S. senators recently introduced two bipartisan bills intended to make it easier for government agencies to overcome the cybersecurity skills gap and prevent an increase of unfilled jobs. Last week, two Republican and two Democratic Senators reintroduced the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, which outlines the development of a program

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12 Feb 2019

Trump signs executive order prioritising AI development

The US government has committed itself to playing a leading role in the global proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that launches the American AI Initiative under supervision of the National Science and Technology Council Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (NSTC Select Committee).

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