25 May 2022

Senate Report says US Government Lacks Comprehensive Data on Ransomware

According to a new Senate report by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the US lacks comprehensive data regarding ransomware attacks. This includes details such as financial losses both in ransom payments and to companies while suffering from the attack and attempting to remedy the effects.

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17 May 2022

U.S. Government Issues Warning About Undercover North Koreans Working in the Crypto and IT Industries

The U.S. government is increasingly alarmed about the thousands of North Korean tech workers that are being dispatched to American IT companies, including crypto firms, to earn revenue for North Korea and its weapons programs, violating U.S. and UN sanctions. In a new advisory, the government outlined methods to detect undercover

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10 Mar 2022

Chinese hackers attempted phishing on emails affiliated with US government

Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) alerted multiple Gmail users affiliated with the US government of an attempted phishing attack by a Chinese-backed hacking group, ATP31, in February. The attempted attack was unsuccessful as the emails were automatically marked as spam and filtered by Gmail.  There is no evidence that the

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10 Jan 2022

US Issues Warning Over Commercial Spyware

The US government has issued a new warning regarding possible targets of commercial spyware. The entity also provided guidance on how individuals can protect themselves from unwarranted surveillance. In the announcement, the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) stated that governments across the world are using commercial surveillance software

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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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17 Mar 2021

A Breakthrough for U.N. Governance of Cyberspace

This past weekend, a United Nations group adopted a breakthrough consensus report on standards for responsible state behavior when it comes to cyberspace. Although the report itself contains no groundbreaking norms, the consensus represents a universal recognization for a need to establish cyberspace rules. This idea has been faced with

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16 Mar 2021

The US must adopt Software Bill of Materials to thwart cyberattacks

Following the SolarWinds Russian espionage campaign against the US government, the White House addressed possible executive action on February 17 in response to the most systemic hack of the US government in history. However, experts have criticized the Software Bill of Material’s (SBOM) ability to prevent similar incidents, or worse,

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03 Feb 2021

The Elements of the China Challenge

The United States office of the Secretary of State recently released a document detailing the threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the US and how to address and mitigate these risks. The report states that tensions between the CCP and the US have triggered a new power

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03 Feb 2021

Suspected Chinese hackers used SolarWinds bug to spy on U.S. payroll agency

Five sources familiar with the incident have reported that suspected Chinese hackers exploited a flaw in SolarWinds software last year, using the vulnerability to break into US government computers. This creates a new twist to the already complicated SolarWinds Russian espionage campaign against the US government and private entities. Two

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16 Dec 2020

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

The SolarWinds Russia espionage campaign is not limited to the Treasury and Commerce departments, the first two agencies to concede that they were victimized by the incident. The Department of Justice has also announced its involvement in the campaign, however, the list of government agencies that operated on the impacted

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