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U.S. defense, intel ramp up efforts to insert malware in Russia’s grid

After Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. military and intelligence ramped up a secret program that inserted malware into the nation-state’s power grid, but didn’t brief President Trump over concerns that he might shutter the program or leak information about it to foreign governments, according to a new report. The effort “has gotten…
Cyber Command
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Cyber Command goes on the offense to protect U.S. election

In the lead up to the mid-term elections next month the U.S. Cyber Command has launched its first ever offensive operation against individual Russians attempting to interfere. The New York Times made the initial report on the operation, and had few details as to what the action included, but indicated the suspected election operatives would…
Cybercrime, Security News

Feds flip El Chapo’s IT Consultant to gain drug lord’s encryption keys

Dutch law enforcement intercepted the communications of Mexican drug suspected drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquín Guzmán, also known as “El Chapo,” after his IT consultant turned informant. Between April 2011 and January 2012 U.S. authorities captured a total of 1,500 calls, many of which originated from El Chapo, after his…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Gates sought proposals from Israeli firm on creating fake online identities to influence 2016 voters

Former Trump Campaign Deputy Chairman Rick Gates sought proposals from an Israeli company on how to build online fake identities and influence voters on social media to aid the campaign. The company, Psy-Group, was also asked for a pitch on how to gather intelligence on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her associates, the New…
Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking
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China cyberespionage efforts increase following Trump presidency after brief pause

China has accelerated its cyberespionage efforts after a hiatus that began in 2015 when then President Obama struck an agreement to end China’s practice of cyberespionage attacks against American firms, military contractors and government agencies to steal designs, technology and corporate secrets, usually on behalf of China’s state-owned firm. Officials debate the cause for the…
Cybercrime, Security News

Man arrested for hacking Bulgaria’s tax agency released with reduced charges

The man accused of breaching Bulgaria’s tax agency has been released and charged on lesser counts. Kristian Boykov 20-year-old Bulgarian cybersecurity worker was arrested in Sofia, Bulgaria, last week on a charge of computer crime against critical infrastructure, which carries a maximum sentence of eight years in jail, after gaining unauthorized access to the data of…
Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Astronaut accused of identity theft, accessing estranged wife’s bank account, from International Space Station

Houston, we have a problem. It seems an astronaut allegedly committed identify theft by accessing her estranged wife’s financial information without permission – from the International Space Station. Lt. Colonel Anne McClain, who recently made headlines when a scheduled historic all-female spacewalk was scrapped because her spacesuit didn’t fit, has been accused of identity theft…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

California forecast: Mostly sunny with a chance of a Weather Channel privacy lawsuit

The State of California is suing The Weather Company (TWC) for allegedly misleading users about why their extremely precise location data was needed. The lawsuit claims TWC  told its users that it collects data to personalize alerts and forecast but in reality, uses the data to profit from the selling of location data to advertisers,…
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Rosenstein to resign, says elections are more secure; Wray says Russia threat to electorate around the clock

In his resignation letter Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed “our elections are more secure,” just days after FBI Director Christopher Wray said Russia’s efforts to influence the U.S. electorate “has absolutely continued” since 2016. “It’s pretty much a 365-days-a-year threat,” Wray said at a Council on Foreign Relations event last week. “We recognize…
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Justice Dept. has prepared indictment against Assange, court docs reveal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has long justified his self-imposed asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – even after receiving citizenship – because he feared the U.S. would arrest him. Now, it seems he’s right, according to an unrelated court filing in Virginia that inadvertently revealed that Justice Department has an indictment ready to go…
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