05 Sep 2019

Hackers Ask for $5.3 Million Ransom, Turn Down $400k, Get Nothing

In July of this year, the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts suffered a ransomware attack that impacted 158 machines, representing 4% of the City’s computers. The ransomware used to infect the devices was the notorious Ryuk strain. The city initially chose to negotiate with the attackers, who were demanding a

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05 Sep 2019

US Lawmakers Propose Bill to Fortify Federal Cybersecurity

US lawmakers will introduce the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act to the US House of Representatives this week. The law aims to bolster the government’s cybersecurity program by providing state, local, and tribal governments with access to the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program that has been in use

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29 Aug 2019

State and local governments increasingly targeted by ransomware attacks

So far this year, ransomware has hit over 70 local government entities in the United States, a new Barracuda Networks report shows. The most prevalent ransomware strains used to target local governments are Ryuk, SamSam, LockerGoga, and RobbinHood, while email is the number one threat vector. Fleming Shi of Barracuda

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26 Aug 2019

Why the CIA doesn’t spy on the UAE

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not spy on the government of the United Arab Emirates even though that country’s affiliations and actions on the world stage do not always align with US interests, former CIA officials warn. For instance, the UAE finances Libyan renegade military commander Khalifa

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26 Aug 2019

80 Charged in Massive BEC Operation Bust

The US Department of Justice has indicted a whopping 80 people over their alleged participation in a massive cyber fraud operating that stole millions from businesses and individuals via business email compromise (BEC) and romance scams. Most of the defendants are Nigerian nationals that were based in Nigeria, the US

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23 Aug 2019

CISA Chief Unveils Vision for Federal Cybersecurity

Federal civilian agencies shouldn’t have to fend for themselves when it comes to managing cyber risk, Chris Krebs said on Thursday. According to the Director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the current arrangement is “not a particularly defensible posture,” and may therefore see a complete overhaul

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23 Aug 2019

IT Security Pros: Encryption Backdoors Are Election Hacking Risk

The vast majority (80%) of security professionals believe that government-mandated backdoors in tech products would put countries at risk of cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, and 74% believe they render states vulnerable to nation-state attacks. These views contrast with United States Attorney General William Barr’s recent claims that increased encryption of

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22 Aug 2019

Hackers Want $2.5 Million Ransom for Texas Ransomware Attacks

The threat actors behind the coordinated ransomware campaign that hit entities in Texas last week are demanding $2.5 million in ransom, the mayor of one city affected by the attack announced this week. The official also said the ransomware had been deployed via the software of the city’s managed service

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20 Aug 2019

Trump Gives Huawei 90 Day Reprieve, But Customers Warned To Ditch The Brand

The US Commerce Department on Monday announced an additional 90-day reprieve that gives US organizations until November 19 to cut ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei before a ban forbidding firms from doing business with the company officially goes into effect. US President Donald Trump had threatened to block the

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19 Aug 2019

Feds never faced a ‘major’ cybersecurity attack in 2018

In fiscal year 2018, US federal government departments experienced a total of 31,000 cybersecurity incidents, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report on the state of cybersecurity in the government. The number represents a 12% decrease from the 35,000 incidents reported in the previous fiscal year. In

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