Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Hotel operation run by Donald Trump settles breach suit with $500K fine

Hotel operation run by Donald Trump settles breach suit with $500K fine

In a settlement, the hotel chain operated by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will fork over $500K in fines and improve the security of its computer network.

Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech

Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech

Eleven cities are organizing local legislation intended to make the procurement and use of surveillance technologies by local police departments more transparent.

Cyber space wars may require new international regimes

Cyber space wars may require new international regimes

While it might not include the Death Star cyber warfare among the stars is almost inevitable.

Email of White House staffer hacked, purported scan of First Lady's passport leaked

Email of White House staffer hacked, purported scan of First Lady's passport leaked

The White House has announced a cyber-security breach, as a purported photocopy of Michelle Obama's passport appears online.

Air Force reports making progess on cybersecurity without additional funding

Air Force reports making progess on cybersecurity without additional funding

The Air Force is reporting progress in its mission to secure its weapons against cyberattacks.

Rep. Johnson introduces bill designed to deter electoral hacking

Rep. Johnson introduces bill designed to deter electoral hacking

A new bill before Congress would require that all voting machines leave a traceable paper trail and require a secure connection to the web for vote-tabulating machines to prevent electoral tampering.

Clapper: Russia has a long history of trying to interfere with elections

Clapper: Russia has a long history of trying to interfere with elections

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there have been previous instances of Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections going back to the 1960s.

North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

Security engineer Matt Bryant posted details of North Korea's registered domains after a misconfigured nameserver revealed details.

Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

The Association of State Democratic Chairs sent an email to its members advising them to avoid Wikileaks as a precaution against malware infection, especially after several state officials had their accounts hacked, Politico reported.

House plans vote on bill to improve small business cyber preparedness

House plans vote on bill to improve small business cyber preparedness

The U.S. House of Representatives plans a vote on legislation that would task the SBA with assisting small businesses in improving preparedness against cyber threats.

Cisco warns of exploitation of new flaws linked to Shadow Brokers exploits

Cisco warns of exploitation of new flaws linked to Shadow Brokers exploits

Cisco issued an advisory for a flaw that the company has linked to exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group.

House Committee urges Obama not to pardon Snowden

House Committee urges Obama not to pardon Snowden

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urged President Obama not to issue a presidential pardon to Edward Snowden.

Moral breach: Edward Snowden goes to Hollywood

Moral breach: Edward Snowden goes to Hollywood

The film Snowden opens this week recounting recent events that have sent reverberations around the world.

Poor cyber hygiene - not zero days - to blame for high-profile intrusions, says NSA

Poor cyber hygiene - not zero days - to blame for high-profile intrusions, says NSA

The "high-profile incidents you've read about" in media reports were conducted using simple methods, including spear phishing schemes or USB drive delivery, an NSA official said.

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

Lauri Love faces extradition to U.S. for hacking

British citizen Lauri Love faces extradition to the U.S. to face charges of computer hacking.

Researcher demos how FBI could've easily unlocked San Bernardino iPhone sans Apple

Researcher demos how FBI could've easily unlocked San Bernardino iPhone sans Apple

A Cambridge University researcher recently published a paper demonstrating how the FBI could have easily unlocked the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

VW launches cybersecurity joint venture as House members examine threats facing auto industry

VW launches cybersecurity joint venture as House members examine threats facing auto industry

As automakers race to develop automated vehicles, the challenge of securing these automotive systems has taken on an elevated role for automakers.

DOJ report, FBI impersonated journalist to infect suspect with malware

DOJ report, FBI impersonated journalist to infect suspect with malware

The U.S. Justice Department released a review of the FBI's impersonation of an Associated Press (AP) editor to infect a suspect with malware.

Researcher believes major DDoS attacks part of military recon to shut down internet

Researcher believes major DDoS attacks part of military recon to shut down internet

The attacks targeted major companies that provide internet infrastructure and appear to have probed the companies' defenses to determine capabilities.

FBI director uses tape over his webcams, says you should too

FBI director uses tape over his webcams, says you should too

Recent actions by FBI director James Comey suggest we should all be using tape over our webcams.

Sites associated with both presidential contenders spring leaks

Sites associated with both presidential contenders spring leaks

Data theft knows no boundaries. Personal information has been siphoned out from databases connected to both presidential campaigns.

Cybersecurity enhancements proposed for financial firms in New York

Cybersecurity enhancements proposed for financial firms in New York

To better protect consumer data, banks and insurance companies in New York will soon be required to adhere to new cybersecurity guidelines.

NSA and Cyber Command urged to split, A.I. to become part of U.S. cyber strategy

NSA and Cyber Command urged to split, A.I. to become part of U.S. cyber strategy

President Obama may be urged to split the joint leadership of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command in favor of two distinct forces for cyberespionage and cyberwarfare.

Powell blasts Trump, criticizes Clinton in leaked emails; DNC hacked again

Powell blasts Trump, criticizes Clinton in leaked emails; DNC hacked again

General Colin Powell offered up several rather negative, yet bipartisan, opinions of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in a series of leaked emails that were just made public,

ACLU campaign pushes Obama to pardon Snowden

ACLU campaign pushes Obama to pardon Snowden

On the eve of the release of "Snowden," the ACLU's Ben Wizner said the civil rights organization had joined forces with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to persuade President Obama to pardon the whistleblower.

Millions of Russians still losing personal data online

Millions of Russians still losing personal data online

Millions of Russians are still losing personal data online thanks to using vulnerable websites and being hacked.

CREST takes over cyber-assurance programme from NSA in America

CREST takes over cyber-assurance programme from NSA in America

The National Security Agency has handed over responsibility for operating and promoting its CIRA accreditation programme to CREST, best known in the UK for its accreditation schemes with GCHQ, CESG and the Bank of England.

FBI sweep: It's a search, get a warrant, says fed judge

A court in Texas handed down a ruling that is likely to set a precedent for government access to hard drives.

House Committee issues subpoena to FBI for unredacted report on Clinton server

House Committee issues subpoena to FBI for unredacted report on Clinton server

The dramatic exchange is the latest escalation after the committee requested last week that the FBI, Office of the DNI, Justice Department, and State Department hold a classified briefing to disclose details of the FBI report.

FTC solicits public response on consumer data disposal

FTC solicits public response on consumer data disposal

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday issued a request for public comment on its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records.

GAO report - DoJ cannot determine cost of FOIA lawsuits where complainants prevailed

GAO report - DoJ cannot determine cost of FOIA lawsuits where complainants prevailed

The Justice Department is unable to determine the amount spent by federal agencies litigating FOIA lawsuits in which the complainant substantially prevailed, a GAO report determined.

GovRAT 2.0 in the wild and hitting U.S. government agencies

The malicious actors behind the GovRAT malware have upgraded it to version 2.0 and using the new version to hit even more targets and increase the price of the software, now starting at $1,000.

Legislators urge Commerce Dept, DoJ against transfer of ICANN internet governance

Legislators urge Commerce Dept, DoJ against transfer of ICANN internet governance

U.S. legislators urged the Department of Justice and the Commerce Department to reconsider the transfer of internet governance.

Feinstein, Burr circulating proposed changes to encryption bill - report

Feinstein, Burr circulating proposed changes to encryption bill - report

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr have reportedly been circulating proposed changes to Feinstein-Burr encryption bill.

CIA's Brennan warns against Russian cyber intrigue

CIA's Brennan warns against Russian cyber intrigue

CIA Director John Brennan warned against Russian hacking skills calling them "exceptionally capable and sophisticated."

Canadian data sharing deal with EU could be illegal under European Law

Canadian data sharing deal with EU could be illegal under European Law

A top EU lawyer has concluded that the EU-Canada PNR agreement which oversees the transfer of information on flight records between the two countries goes against the EU Charter Fundamental Human Rights.

Former head of DGSE confirmed French campaigns against internat'l targets

Former head of DGSE confirmed French campaigns against internat'l targets

France's former head of external intelligence service discussed a French cyber campaign that targeted Iran, Canada, Spain, Greece, Norway, and other nations.

CFTC imposes cybersecurity rules for U.S. commodities, derivatives firms

CFTC imposes cybersecurity rules for U.S. commodities, derivatives firms

The new rules are designed to enhance and clarify existing requirements relating to cybersecurity testing and system safeguards risk analysis.

Pentagon faulted for lack of cyber preparedness, GAO report

Pentagon faulted for lack of cyber preparedness, GAO report

The Department of Defense does not have the necessary visibility into the cyber capabilities of the National Guard, according to a report by the GAO.

White House appoints federal CISO

White House appoints federal CISO

The White House announced on Thursday the appointment of Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill as the first federal chief information security officer (CISO).

Guccifer 2.0 again denies Russian connection, mocks reports linking hacker to APT groups

Guccifer 2.0 again denies Russian connection, mocks reports linking hacker to APT groups

An individual who self-identified as Guccifer 2.0 continues to deny reports by security firms that link the purported hacker or hacking group to Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) groups.

Two arrested in connection to 'Crackas With Attitude' gov't attacks

Two arrested in connection to 'Crackas With Attitude' gov't attacks

Two North Carolina men were arrested Thursday for their alleged roles in hacking senior U.S. government officials and computer systems.

Reps. Chaffetz, Cummings exchange charges over Clinton email server

Reps. Chaffetz, Cummings exchange charges over Clinton email server

Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee swapped accusations over the on-going saga surrounding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server.

NIAS 2016 - responding to the Warsaw declaration

NIAS 2016 - responding to the Warsaw declaration

An extra €70 million is to be spent in the five years from 2017 on a major refresh of cyber-capabilities.

U.S. investigating intrusions, Clinton implies Russians hackers could tilt Trump victory

U.S. investigating intrusions, Clinton implies Russians hackers could tilt Trump victory

As the November election nears, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Monday accused the Kremlin of wanting to interfere with the U.S. election.

NSA documents detail Agency's actions during the Iraq War

NSA documents detail Agency's actions during the Iraq War

A recently declassified group of 45 messages from NSA Director Michael Hayden to his workers reveal the daily ins and outs of the agency while it supported the Iraq War.

ACLU asks why FBI unleashed malware on TorMail users, court filing

ACLU asks why FBI unleashed malware on TorMail users, court filing

Did the FBI infect users of a free email service with malware? That's the question the ACLU would like answered.

Congressional report faults OPM over breach preparedness and response

Congressional report faults OPM over breach preparedness and response

The massive breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) might have been prevented had the agency followed basic cybersecurity guidelines, a congressional investigation claimed.

Regulatory policies threaten China's info communications tech sector

Regulatory policies threaten China's info communications tech sector

China will experience a loss of GDP from between 1.77 - 3.44% as a result of the country's information communications technology policies.

Circumstantial evidence in election board hacks suggests state-sponsored activity

Circumstantial evidence in election board hacks suggests state-sponsored activity

ThreatConnect researchers have found an "infrastructure nexus" between recent attacks on election boards and a spearphishing campaign against three governments that "fits a known Russian targeting focus and modus operandi."

FBI releases major document detailing the agency's Clinton email server findings

FBI releases major document detailing the agency's Clinton email server findings

The FBI today released a 58-page document detailing the agency's interview with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and others concerning the use of her private email server.

Guccifer gets 52 months in U.S. prison

Guccifer gets 52 months in U.S. prison

Guccifer's two-year hacking spree, which exposed Hillary Clinton's controversial use of a private email server, has ended with a more than four-year prison sentence.

Corbyn announces digital 'bill of rights'

Corbyn announces digital 'bill of rights'

The leader of the Labour party has announced his intention to draw up a digital bill of rights, installing a constitutional settlement for online privacy for UK citizens

Bill pending in California classifies ransomware as extortion

Bill pending in California classifies ransomware as extortion

A bill is pending in California that would designate the use of ransomware as a form of extortion.

Survey: 34% of privacy pros expect their companies to certify under Privacy Shield

Survey: 34% of privacy pros expect their companies to certify under Privacy Shield

In a new survey, only 34 percent of privacy professionals whose companies transfer data from Europe to the U.S. said that they expected their businesses to adopt the newly approved EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

Comey calls for more FBI involvement in private sector cyberattacks

Comey calls for more FBI involvement in private sector cyberattacks

FBI Director James Comey reached out to businesses asking for his agency to be included in their cybersecurity plans and broached the lightning rod topic of encryption during a speech at the 2016 Symantec Government Symposium.

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cybersecurity standards

China allows foreign tech firms to participate in creating cybersecurity standards

China has signaled an interest in a global approach to developing the country's cybersecurity standards for foreign technology companies.

Six senators urge Obama to prioritize cybercrime at G20 summit

Six senators urge Obama to prioritize cybercrime at G20 summit

The Democratic senators sent a letter to the White House stressing the importance of developing a "coordinated strategy" to battle cybercrime at financial institutions.

Voter database hack in Illinois by foreign intruder compromises info of 200K

Voter database hack in Illinois by foreign intruder compromises info of 200K

Personal information of Illinois voters is believed to have been siphoned in a cyberattack, possibly of foreign origin.

Cozy Bear suspected of hacking Russia-focused think tanks in D.C.

Cozy Bear suspected of hacking Russia-focused think tanks in D.C.

The same cybergang that launched attacks against the Pentagon, State Department and DNC is also believed to have targeted Russia-focused think tanks in the U.S.

FBI-owned Megaupload web pages serving up porn, adult services

FBI-owned Megaupload web pages serving up porn, adult services

Several web pages associated with the former file-sharing site Megaupload - seized by the FBI over four years ago in an online piracy investigation - are now serving up pornographic content and junk ads.

Voter databases in two states breached by foreign hackers, FBI

Voter databases in two states breached by foreign hackers, FBI

The FBI said foreign hackers made their way into voter databases in two states in recent weeks, the latest indication of potential problems to come in November's presidential election.

Lieu asks FCC to expedite investigation of SS7 flaw after DCCC hack

Lieu asks FCC to expedite investigation of SS7 flaw after DCCC hack

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to accelerate its investigation of the SS7 flaw.

Cisco updates advisory: "We have started publishing fixes" for NSA-linked exploits

Cisco updates advisory: "We have started publishing fixes" for NSA-linked exploits

Cisco updated a security advisory for a remote code execution vulnerability affecting the SNMP application-layer protocol.

State wildlife agencies halt license sales after apparent vendor breach

State wildlife agencies halt license sales after apparent vendor breach

The fish and wildlife agencies of Washington, Oregon and Idaho have temporarily suspended the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and tags after the vendor operating their online licensing system was apparently breached.

U.S. CIO promotes $3.1B government-wide IT update

U.S. CIO promotes $3.1B government-wide IT update

U.S. CIO Tony Scott promoted a $3 billion proposal to modernize government technologywhile speaking at an annual summit.

Verify service to be used outside of central government

Verify service to be used outside of central government

The interim boss of GOV.UK's Verify service is set to look for ways to use the identity-confirmation tools outside of central government.

Researchers quell Wildfire ransomware with decryption key

Researchers quell Wildfire ransomware with decryption key

Intel and Kaspersky researchers developed a free decryption tool for victims of the Wildfire variant of ransomware.

Juniper confirms leaked "NSA exploits" affect its firewalls, no patch released yet

Juniper confirms leaked "NSA exploits" affect its firewalls, no patch released yet

Juniper confirms exploits leaked by the Shadow Brokers group appear to affect its firewalls, but has not yet patched the vulnerabilities.

Ransomware: The evolution of cybercrime, a roundtable

Ransomware: The evolution of cybercrime, a roundtable

The threat from ransomware continues to grow and the situation will only get darker before mitigation efforts prove reliable and the miscreants move on to another attack vector, according to a panel of cybersecurity experts gathered in Manhattan on Wednesday for the Dell Data Security Ransomware Roundtable.

Report: ATM hackers flee Thailand after stealing $350,000 from state-run bank

Report: ATM hackers flee Thailand after stealing $350,000 from state-run bank

Five suspected cyberthieves have reportedly fled Thailand after allegedly stealing approximately $350,000 in cash from 21 malware-infected ATMs operated by the state-run Government Savings Bank (GSB).

NATO to spend €70 million on 'cyber-refresh'

NATO to spend €70 million on 'cyber-refresh'

The NATO Information Assurance and Cyber Defence Symposium (NIAS) in Mons is expected to outline the alliance's vision and plans to boost capabilities including cyber-security expenditure priorities.

Singapore to shut off internet access for government agencies

Singapore to shut off internet access for government agencies

The government of Singapore is to shut off access to the internet of government agencies in an effort to preempt a cyber-attack or a data breach.

French submarine builder DCNS suffers data breach

French submarine builder DCNS suffers data breach

About 22,000 documents have leaked from French shipbuilder DCNS which is building submarines for the Indian navy.

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure

Code leaked by the Shadow Brokers group has set off calls from security researchers and tech groups for a national conversation about vulnerability disclosure policy.

HHS' Office for Civil Rights instructs its investigators not to overlook smaller breaches

HHS' Office for Civil Rights instructs its investigators not to overlook smaller breaches

In a revision of its policies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has instructed its regional offices to place more of an emphasis on investigating smaller health-care data breaches that affect fewer than 500 individuals.

Olympic drug testing agency cyber attacks linked to DNC and DCCC hackers

Olympic drug testing agency cyber attacks linked to DNC and DCCC hackers

Researchers believe Fancy Bear hacked the Olympic drug-testing agency in retaliation for WADA's recommendation to ban all Russian athletes from the Olympics.

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

Privacy groups have opposed a proposal by DHS that would collect information about the social media presence and online activities of visa-waiver program visitors to the U.S.

India threatens jail for visiting forbidden sites

India threatens jail for visiting forbidden sites

Visiting a 'forbidden' website is now punishable with a three-year jail term in India - even without downloading anything. NordVPN predicts a surge of VPN subscriptions in India by Internet users to protect online freedom.

City of Sarasota hit with ransomware

City of Sarasota hit with ransomware

Although a ransomware attack hit the city of Sarasota, Fla. in February, owing to an ongoing criminal investigation, details of the attack are only now being revealed.

Russia's Central Bank introduces new mandatory cyber-security regulations

Russia's Central Bank introduces new mandatory cyber-security regulations

Russian banks will be faced with a whole range of new regulations, and penalties for non-compliance, when it comes to cyber-security, according to the country's Central Bank

EU ministers rattle sabres at encrypted ISIS jihadi comms channels

EU ministers rattle sabres at encrypted ISIS jihadi comms channels

France and Germany discuss 'tapping' encrypted end-to-end networks such as WhatsApp and Skype

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

NIST RFI seeks to increase public-private cooperation

NIST issued a far-reaching request for information, seeking cybersecurity suggestions from the private sector on a range of topics.

NSA helped Belgium during investigation, led to arrest of Paris attacker

NSA helped Belgium during investigation, led to arrest of Paris attacker

Belgian security officials reportedly turned to the National Security Agency (NSA) during an investigation that led to an accused Paris terrorist.

Industry pros react to Cisco, Fortinet advisories after possible Snowden NSA leak

Industry pros react to Cisco, Fortinet advisories after possible Snowden NSA leak

Snowden documents were published Friday, strengthening evidence that code leaked by the Shadow Brokers contains zero-day exploits used by the NSA.

U.S. government extends offer to protect states from electoral cyberthreats

U.S. government extends offer to protect states from electoral cyberthreats

Updated! As it considers classifying the electoral system as critical infrastructure, the U.S. government has pledged to provide states with federal assistance to help manage voting cyber risks and taking additional steps to quell fears the election this fall could be hacked.

China launches first quantum satellite, aimed at creating "hack-proof" quantum communications

China launches first quantum satellite, aimed at creating "hack-proof" quantum communications

China launched an orbital carrier rocket early Tuesday morning carrying the 'Micius' satellite, believed to be the world's first quantum satellite.

Guccifer 2.0 publishes new DCCC docs about Florida districting plans

Guccifer 2.0 publishes new DCCC docs about Florida districting plans

The persona known as Guccifer 2.0 published DCCC documents related to Florida primaries that provide detail into a re-districting effort that the hacker says shows congressional primaries are "becoming a farce."

Is the EU to blame for further prompting privacy issues with OTT services?

Is the EU to blame for further prompting privacy issues with OTT services?

The European Commission to looking to tighten its regulatory grip on US-based tech companies which are slowly replacing traditional telcos in the services they provide.

Jury selection in Seattle for Russian hacker charged with credit card fraud

Jury selection in Seattle for Russian hacker charged with credit card fraud

Roman Valerevich Seleznev, a Russian charged with hacking into servers and global carding forum sites resulting in $170 million in phony credit card purchases, will face a federal jury this week.

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

Interior Dept. must update access control standards to meet NIST guidelines - report

The U.S. Department of the Interior must update its access controls to meet current standards, according to an inspector general report.

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

The EPA has 30 systems that contain personally identifiable information (PII), according to the At a Glance summary of the inspector general's report.

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

Fallout from DNC hack broadens to donors

The fallout from the hack into the DNC continues as it is now being reported that celebrities, C-suite executives and other high-profile donors to the Democratic party were also ensnared.

US government accuses Hinkley point partner of nuclear espionage

US government accuses Hinkley point partner of nuclear espionage

Major partners in the controversial nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point have been accused in American courts of attempting to steal US nuclear technology.

Most Met police computers still using Windows XP

Most Met police computers still using Windows XP

The large majority of London police computers are apparently still using the 14-year-old Windows XP operating system and jeopardising security

Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority

Israeli parliament recommends creation of national cyber-authority

The Israeli Knesset waits on the passage of a bill which would see the amalgamation of Israel's cyber-defences into one central authority

Code42 appoints Nic Scott to managing director for UK and Ireland

Code42 appoints Nic Scott to managing director for UK and Ireland

Nic Scott has been appointed to managing director for the UK and Ireland at Code42.

New Indian subcontinent APT group emerges

New Indian subcontinent APT group emerges

A new APT group has emerged on the Indian subcontinent, identified by ForcePoint as 'Monsoon'

OPM snags new CIO from Defense Dept.

As OPM CIO, Defense Department Principal Deputy CIO David De Vries will be instrumental in raising the agency's security profile.

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