Cybersecurity

Justice Department Announces Indictment of 12 Russian Spies Suspected in DNC Hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging twelve Russian nationals for committing federal crimes that were intended to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential...

Microsoft Advocates for Regulation of Facial Recognition Tech

Microsoft President Brad Smith on Friday called for greater government oversight and corporate responsibility regarding the growing application of facial recognition technology. According to Microsoft, the more powerful a tool, the greater benefit or damage it can cause. This...

Smart TV Tracking: Legislators Blast Privacy Policies, Call for FTC Probe

Democratic senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, are requesting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launch an investigation into the privacy policies and practices of smart TV manufacturers. They...

Department of Commerce Lifts ZTE Ban After Payment of $1.4 Billion Fine

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced on Friday the lifting of the ban on U.S. suppliers selling goods to ZTE Corporation following the payment of $400 million, which was placed in escrow. The escrow funds are in addition...

AT&T to Acquire Threat Detection Firm AlienVault

AT&T announced Tuesday its plans to acquire AlienVault, a privately held company, to enable it expand its enterprise-grade security solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. AlienVault is based in San Mateo, Calif. The agreement will combine AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence...
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User Data of 21 Million Stolen in Timehop Data Breach

Timehop, a service targeted toward resurfacing old posts and photos on users’ social media accounts disclosed on Saturday that a security breach has led to the compromise of 21 million user data. According to the company, authorized administrative user's credentials...
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Adidas Warns Customers of Security Breach

Sportswear maker Adidas on Thursday alerted certain consumers who purchased on adidas.com/US about a potential data security incident. According to the company, on June 26, it became aware that an unauthorized party claimed to have acquired limited data associated...

House Passes Bill Aimed at Addressing Cyber Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems

House lawmakers on Monday approved a bill aimed at addressing the vulnerabilities to technologies used in critical applications. The bill, H.R. 5733, the DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify...

Wi-Fi Alliance Releases WPA3 Security Standard to Enhance Wi-Fi Protections

The Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3 to enhance Wi-Fi protections in personal and enterprise networks. This aims to consolidate on the success and acceptance of WPA2, and adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable more...
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Man Tries to Steal Domain at Gunpoint: Gets 20 Years for Armed Domain Hijacking

Sherman Hopkins Jr of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in federal prison for attempting to forcibly steal a domain name from another man at gunpoint in 2017. Yes, you read that right – he tried...
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FTC Partners With BBB and Law Enforcement to Help Small Businesses Stop Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Monday that it has launched Operation Main Street, an effort with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and law enforcement to educate small business owners on how to stop scams targeting their businesses. According to...

DHS, FBI Link TYPEFRAME Malware to North Korea

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have identified Trojan malware variants—referred to as TYPEFRAME—used by the North Korean government, and have published a Malware Analysis Report (MAR) to enable network defense and...

Spanish Football League La Liga Defends Spying on Users Through Phone Microphone

The La Liga app, the official streaming app for Spain’s most popular football league, has been used to access the microphone and GPS of Android users. According to the Spanish football league, the app downloaded more than 10 million times...

Dixons Carphone Admits Data Breach Affecting 5.9 Million Payment Cards

Dixons Carphone has suffered one of the UK’s biggest data breaches as the company revealed on Wednesday that hackers tried to steal almost six million credit card records and personal data from more than one million customers. Dixons Carphone plc...

Microsoft Partners With Thales on Cloud Solution for Armed Forces

European provider of defense and cybersecurity solution Thales said Monday it has partnered with Microsoft for the development of a common Defense Cloud solution for armed forces – a system designed to allow armed forces to securely store sensitive...

Feds Arrest 74 for Cyber-Enabled Financial Fraud

Federal authorities announced on Monday what they called a “significant coordinated effort” to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens. Operation Wire Wire, a...

Google Bars Use of Its AI Tech for Weapons, Will Work With Military

Google said Thursday it feels a sense of responsibility and will not design or deploy its AI tech in areas “whose principal purpose is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.” The company stated it will avoid the...

ZTE to Pay $1 Billion Fine to End US Ban: Will Accommodate American Monitoring Team

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on Thursday a deal with China’s ZTE which will have the smartphone maker pay a fine of $1 billion, and onboard an American monitoring team to bring to an end a simmering trade...

FTC Sues to Stop Two Operations for Facilitating ‘Billions’ of Illegal Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Tuesday it has filed a complaint in federal district court seeking to stop two related operations and their principals who allegedly facilitated billions of illegal robocalls to consumers nationwide, pitching everything from auto...
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FBI Moves to Disrupt Global Botnet of Infected Routers

The Justice Department announced on Wednesday an effort to disrupt a global botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected home and office (SOHO) routers and other networked devices under the control of a group of actors known as the...
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HSBC, ING Complete First Live Finance Transaction on Blockchain Platform

HSBC and ING on Monday announced they have carried out the first live trade-finance transaction on R3’s scalable blockchain platform called Corda. This transaction was for agrifood trading giant Cargill. The blockchain transaction involved a bulk shipment of soybeans from...

Efail: Email Encryption Standards Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Researchers from the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Münster, Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have released a paper demonstrating that the two most common email encryption standards are vulnerable...

Chili’s Customers’ Information Compromised in Data Breach

Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's Grill & Bar, announced Saturday that a data incident at some Chili’s restaurants may have resulted in a credit and debit card data breach. According to the company, the data incident may have...

Google Launches Overhauled Gmail With New Security Features, Self-Destructing Messages

Google on Wednesday launched a revamped Gmail, with new security and intelligent features. This includes an all-new Gmail, with a brand new look on the web, advanced security features, new applications of Google’s artificial intelligence and even more integrations...
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WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age to 16 Ahead of EU’s Incoming Data Protection Framework

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 for users in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. According to the company: If you live in a country in the...

International Operation Shuts Down Website Linked to More Than Four Million DDoS Cyberattacks

A website linked to more than four million cyberattacks across the globe has been shut down following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Dutch National Police, in collaboration with international law enforcement partners. The administrators...

Legislators Introduce Bipartisan Privacy Legislation to Protect Consumers’ Online Data

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) on Tuesday announced privacy legislation that will protect consumers’ online data. The bipartisan legislation would require companies to make privacy disclosures clearer and more transparent, give consumers the right to control...
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Yahoo to Pay $35 Million for Failure to Disclose Cybersecurity Breach

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that the entity formerly known as Yahoo! Inc. has agreed to pay a $35 million penalty to settle charges that it misled investors by failing to disclose one of the world’s largest...

Insider Threat: SunTrust Former Employee Stole Data on 1.5 Million Customers

A former employee may have attempted to download information on nearly 1.5 million clients and share it with a criminal third-party SunTrust Banks said Friday. According to SunTrust, it became aware of the potential theft by a former employee...

Ikea’s TaskRabbit Shuts Service Down Due to ‘Cybersecurity Incident’

Ikea's odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit informed users on Monday it is investigating a "cyber-security incident," asking them to reset their passwords. The security incident caused the company to temporarily take its app and website offline while it worked on...

U.S. Army Researchers Develop Facial Recognition Tech That Works in the Dark

US Army researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that holds interesting possibilities. The technology produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions. This development could...
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IRS Grants One-Day Extension to Taxpayers After System Outage

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday it is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment...
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New York AG Launches Inquiry Into Cryptocurrency Platforms

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday launched the Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative, a fact-finding inquiry into the policies and practices of platforms used by consumers to trade virtual or “crypto” currencies like bitcoin and ether. The Attorney...

Facebook Feels the Heat for Use of Facial Recognition Without User Consent

A US federal judge on Monday ruled Facebook will have to face a class action lawsuit regarding its use of Tag Suggestions. According to the lawsuit, Facebook used facial recognition technology to scan photos and make suggestions based on...

Top Tech Companies Pledge to Resist Government Efforts to Launch Cyberattacks on Citizens

34 global technology and security companies on Tuesday signed what they called a Cybersecurity Tech Accord aimed at defending “all customers everywhere from malicious attacks by cybercriminal enterprises and nation-states.” The 34 companies include ABB, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, HP, HPE,...
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France Builds Own Version of WhatsApp to Counter Surveillance

Due to concerns about surveillance, the French government is building its own encrypted messenger service. This move is meant to ease fears that foreign entities could spy on private conversations between top officials, the digital ministry said on Monday. None...

US Department of Commerce Bans American Exports to Chinese Smartphone Maker ZTE

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. on Monday announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has imposed a denial of export privileges against Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China (“ZTE Corporation”)...

UK Issues Warning Over Use of China’s ZTE Hardware

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is the UK’s cyber defense watchdog, has written to UK telecoms providers warning them that the use of ZTE's equipment and services within the UK telecommunications infrastructure environment could pose a national...

Cryptocurrency Influencer Hacked Out of $2 Million During Livestream

Ian Balina, a Cryptocurrency influencer and Youtube influencer who does sponsored ICO reviews was forced to abruptly end a livestreamed ICO review on Sunday night when he realized that he was being hacked. Balina sensed something was wrong when...

Russia Did It: UK, US Point Accusing Fingers at Russia Over Global Cyberattacks

Senior officials from the United States and United Kingdom on Monday said Russian government-backed hackers have infected computer routers around the world in coordinated cyberattacks aimed at the theft of intellectual property and cyber espionage. The targets were critical infrastructure,...

Energy Department Invests $25 Million to Support Energy Sector Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Monday that it has made a $25 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support energy sector cybersecurity. Under this FOA, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery...
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UK Launches New Cybersecurity Framework

In an effort to help intelligence operatives and law enforcement prioritize their response to cyber Incidents, the UK's national cyber security body has introduced a new categorization system to classify cyberattacks. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced Thursday it...

Lethal Autonomous Drone Weapon Systems to Identify Targets With Self-Learning Algorithms

For the most part, current military aerial weapon systems are still controlled by people, but all that is set to change with the push for technology to allow such machines make the final judgment regarding targets to attack. An...

Breach of [24]7.ai Leads to Compromise of Delta Airlines, Sears Customer Data

Delta Air Lines Inc and department store chain Sears Holding Corp confirmed on Wednesday that some of their customer payment information may have been exposed in a cybersecurity breach at software service provider 7.ai. Delta said in a statement that...

Facebook Data of 87 Million Users Improperly Accessed by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook revealed on Wednesday that Facebook information of as many as 87 million users may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The new figures surpass the previously estimated 50 million users whose data were accessed by the British...

Google Bans Extensions With Hidden Cryptocurrency Mining Scripts

Google is Banning Chrome browser extensions that mine cryptocurrency using the processing power of users’ computers. “Over the past few months, there has been a rise in malicious extensions that appear to provide useful functionality on the surface, while embedding...

EFF Launches New Version of HTTPS Everywhere

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday announced the launch of a new version of HTTPS Everywhere, which comes with new features. The features include a more regular list of HTTPS-supporting sites, bundled as a package that is delivered...

California DMV Adopts New Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday adopted new regulations aimed at ensuring autonomous vehicle manufacturers stick to stricter guidelines when conducting tests of autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. This is partly due to recent fatal incidents...

Hudson’s Bay Hit With Data Breach: Millions of Saks, Lord & Taylor Customers Affected

Hudson’s Bay Co., a Toronto-based department store operator, is investigating a data security breach which may have put millions of the department-store company’s customer payment cards at risk. The retailer said on Monday it is looking into data security issues...

Pa. Attorney General Sues Uber Over Massive Data Breach

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. for what he termed the violation of Pennsylvania’s data breach notification law. According to Shapiro, Uber knew for more than a year that a data breach...
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Equifax Identifies 2.4 Million Additional U.S. Consumers Affected by 2017 Breach

Equifax Inc. said Thursday that the company has confirmed the identities of approximately 2.4 million U.S. consumers whose names and partial driver's license information were stolen, but who were not in the previously identified affected population discussed in the...
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W-2 Phishing Campaigns Escalating, Warns IC3

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on the increase in W-2-related phishing campaigns. Fraudsters often use tax-related phishing emails to get victims to provide personally identifiable information, click on a malicious link, or pay a...
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Legislators Urge Equifax to Extend ID Theft Services to Three Years

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee signed a letter to Equifax on Tuesday requesting that the company extend by at least three years its credit monitoring and identity theft services to victims of last year’s massive...
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U.S. Justice Department Busts Global Ring of Cybercriminals

The US Justice Department announced Wednesday it has busted an Internet-based cybercriminal enterprise engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and...
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Blumenthal, Cotton Urge Defense Department to Evaluate Security Implications of Fitness Trackers

U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to voice concerns about the collection of location data of U.S. servicemembers abroad. The Senators' letter...

Senators Introduce Legislation to Prohibit U.S. Government Use of Chinese Telco Firms

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) on Wednesday introduced the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, legislation that would prohibit the United States government from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment and/or services from Huawei, ZTE, or any subsidiaries...

A Third of Businesses Rely on Antique Cybersecurity Tools to Counter Emerging Threats – Report

Approximately a third (31%) of security teams depend solely on outdated tools such as basic search and monitoring for their cyber security needs, according to new research from network threat detection platform Cyber adAPT, and research firm, Ovum. According to...
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US Emerges Top in Cyber Expertise, Most Small Businesses Have no Plans to Secure Cyber Insurance – Hiscox

A study released on Tuesday by specialist insurer Hiscox revealed that nearly three-quarters (73%) of firms face major shortcomings in cyber security readiness. The US topped the list in cyber expertise, with 13% ranking as ‘cyber experts’ compared to...
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Legislators Accuse Uber of Intentionally Concealing 2016 Data Breach From FTC

Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), both of whom are members of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, on Monday sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee...
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Cisco Partners With Apple and Insurance Companies to Offer Cyber Insurance

Cisco, Apple, Aon and Allianz on Tuesday announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, designed to help a wider range of organizations better manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats,...
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Online Dating Scams on the Rise, Warns FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned that scammers are increasingly turning to dating sites, social networking sites and chat rooms to meet potential scam victims. Millions of Americans use such sites to connect with potential romantic partners, and...

ISC Releases Security Advisories for BIND, DHCP

The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released updates or workarounds that address vulnerabilities in versions of ISC Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND). A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to cause a denial-of-service...
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Lawmaker Requests Briefing on Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities From Microchip Makers

A Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday asked major microchip makers whose products are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities to provide a briefing on the newly discovered cybersecurity flaws. Congressman Jerry McNerney’s (CA-09) letter follows recent reports that computer chips...
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22 States Sue FCC to Keep Net Neutrality

Twenty-two state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit challenging the decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to repeal net neutrality rules. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday leda coalition of Attorneys General in filing a multistate...
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Oracle Releases Critical Patch Addressing 237 Vulnerabilities Across Multiple Products

Oracle Corp said on Tuesday it has released its Critical Patch Update for January 2018 to address 237 vulnerabilities across multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to obtain access to sensitive information. Due to the...
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Lawmakers Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Future Disruptions in Elections

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act. According to the legislators, “it sends a powerful message to any foreign actor seeking to disrupt our...

FCC Partners With FTC to Patrol the Internet Following Repeal of Net Neutrality

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Monday their intent to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding under which both agencies would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the adoption of the Restoring Internet...

Security Researchers Find Massive Compilation of Stolen Credentials on Dark Web

Security researchers 4iQ say they have discovered an aggregate of stolen data on the dark web comprising of a single file with a database of 1.4 million clear text credentials, which would make it the largest known such database...
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Australia’s ASX Turns to Blockchain for Equity Transaction Settlement

Australia’s ASX Ltd said Thursday it would replace CHESS using distributed ledger technology (DLT). CHESS (Clearing House Electronic Subregister System) is the system used by ASX to record shareholdings and manage the clearing and settlement of equity transactions in...

Mobile Device Holiday Safety Tips

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the holiday season, and this means lots of travel as people take time off to celebrate and reconnect. Mobile devices are a huge part of our lives, ranging from smart phones...
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NIST Publishes Update to Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the second draft of the proposed update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. This second draft update aims to clarify, refine, and enhance the Cybersecurity Framework, amplifying its...

New Jersey Considers Legislation to Regulate the Use of Drones in the State

New Jersey lawmakers are proceeding with legislation that would make it illegal for anyone to operate unmanned aircraft systems while impaired. The legislation cleared an Assembly committee on Monday and is up for a vote in the full Senate...
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Internet Association to FCC: Delay Net Neutrality Vote

The Internet Association (AI) on Wednesday sent a letter to FCC to Chairman Ajit Pai calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay or vote against the draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order. According to the association, whose more than...

SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Charges in Initial Coin Offering Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announced that it has obtained an emergency asset freeze to halt a fast-moving Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fraud that raised up to $15 million from thousands of investors since August by falsely...
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Senators Urge FCC to Delay Vote Aimed at Repealing Net Neutrality Rules

A group of senators have written a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai expressing their concern regarding his proposal to “dismantle” current net neutrality rules. Twenty eight senators signed the letter in which they expressed the view that a...
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FBI, International Partners, Dismantle Andromeda Botnet

Europol said Monday the FBI worked in close cooperation with the Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate in Germany, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force (J-CAT), Eurojust and private-sector partners to dismantle one of the...
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Security Researchers Discover Data Breach From National Credit Federation

Cybersecurity firm UpGuard said it has discovered what it called “new and damaging exposure” from within a financial firm, which, beyond revealing critical internal data, also exposes customer information compiled by all three major credit agencies. 111 GB of internal...

Apple Releases Security Update to Address Vulnerability in macOS High Sierra

Apple has released a supplemental security update to address a vulnerability in macOS High Sierra 10.13. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. Apple MacOS High Sierra fails to properly require authentication for disabled...
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UK’s National Cyber Security Centre Provides New Intelligence on Tools Used by Turla group to Target the UK

The United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released an advisory to highlight Neuron and Nautilus tools used alongside Snake—malware that provides a platform to steal sensitive data. NCSC provides enhanced cybersecurity services to protect against cybersecurity threats. The...
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Washington State AG Sues Uber for Failure to Disclose Massive Data Breach

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) on Tuesday filed a multi-million dollar consumer protection lawsuit against ride sharing company Uber, alleging thousands of violations of the state’s data breach notification law. Uber discovered a data breach potentially affecting 57...

Uber’s PR Crisis Deepens With Revelations it Paid Hackers to Destroy Evidence of Breach Affecting 57 Million Users

A data breach in 2016 affected approximately 50 million riders and 7 million drivers on the Uber platform. The breach exposed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of the affected parties, including about 600,000 driver license numbers of U.S....

FCC Unveils Plan to End Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proceeding with its plan to fully repeal net neutrality rules that require broadband providers to give consumers equal access to all content on the internet. This puts more power in the hands of these...

Intel Releases Recommendations to Address Vulnerabilities in Firmware of Products

Intel has released recommendations to address vulnerabilities in the firmware of some of its products following the identification of vulnerabilities by external security researchers. The Department of Homeland Security’s US-CERT issued a security advisory regarding the identified vulnerabilities. The affected products...

European Union to End Geoblocking for Consumers Within the EU

The European Union announced Monday that it has reached a political agreement to end unjustified geoblocking for consumers wishing to buy products or services online within the EU. The new rules will boost ecommerce for the benefit of consumers...
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Amazon Launches new Cloud Service Targeted Toward Intelligence Community

Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced on Monday what it called a new “Secret Region” capable of operating workloads up to the Secret U.S. security classification level. With the launch of this new Secret Region, AWS becomes the...
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Senators Introduce Legislation to Bolster Election Cybersecurity

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday , introduced bipartisan legislation to protect American election systems from foreign interference. The senators, who are members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced the Securing America's...

Amazon Key Gives Amazon Direct Access Into Your Home

Amazon on Wednesday revealed plans to deliver packages directly into the homes of customers who opt in to the program. The new service, Amazon Key, is exclusive to Prime members, and is all about the convenience. Amazon Key enables in-home...
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Trump Administration Launches Program to Accelerate Drone Integration Into National Airspace System

President Donald Trump and his Administration said Wednesday they are creating a new drone Integration Pilot Program that will accelerate drone integration into the national airspace system. Under this pilot program, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will enter into agreements...
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House Passes Bill Aimed at Boosting Cybersecurity at U.S. Ports

The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill meant to boost cybersecurity at the nation’s seaports. H.R. 3101, the Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017 was passed in the wake of the...
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Bank of America Enhances Online Banking Security With Digital Authentication

Bank of America said Monday it would add an extra layer of security to its online banking platform by implementing Intel Online Connect technology. Intel Online Connect technology requires biometric data and is stored only on the user’s device...

Arm Launches Industry-First Security Framework for IoT Devices

British semiconductor firm Arm on Monday unveiled a common industry framework called Platform Security Architecture (PSA), meant to serve as a secure foundation for designing connected devices. It is no longer news that security is very often an afterthought...

DHS, FBI Warn Public About ‘Persistent Threats’ Targeting Energy and Other Critical Sectors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued a joint technical alert on advanced persistent threat (APT) actions targeting government entities and organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing...
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US Regulator Proposes New Security Management Controls for Grid Cyber Systems

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday proposed new cyber security management controls to further enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s bulk electric system. These include mandatory controls to address the risks posed by malware from transient...

FBI Warns Common IoT Devices are Vulnerable to Cyber Exploitation

The FBI is re-iterating the growing concern of cyber criminals targeting unsecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The number of IoT devices in use is expected to increase from 5 billion in 2016 to an estimated 20 to 50...
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All Three Billion User Accounts Hacked in 2013 Breach – Yahoo

Yahoo has increased the number of user accounts affected by a 2013 data breach, which has been described as the largest in history. The embattled company said that all three billion of its accounts were hacked, tripling the number...
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Equifax Says More People Than Previously Estimated Were Affected by Cyberattack

Equifax said Tuesday that approximately 2.5 million additional U.S. consumers were potentially impacted by the security breach at the firm, for a total of 145.5 million. “I was advised Sunday that the analysis of the number of consumers potentially impacted...
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IRS Awards Equifax Contract to Verify Taxpayer Identity

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is giving Equifax $7,251,968 to verify taxpayer identity and to assist in ongoing identity verification and validations needs of the Service. The contract was awarded on September 29, 2017, after news of the massive...
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Senate Passes Cybersecurity Legislation Aimed at Small Businesses

The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed the Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act. The bipartisan bill will provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses to...

Whole Foods Reveals Data Breach: Customers’ Payment Information Illegally Accessed

Whole Foods, the grocery chain recently acquired by Amazon for $1.7 billion in late August, revealed on Thursday that a point-of-sale data breach had compromised customers' credit and debit card details. The company said it recently received information regarding unauthorized...
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