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Here are the hurdles that will face Biden’s new CISO

As the newly appointed CISO of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Chris DeRusha, former chief security officer with the State of Michigan, has fewer than four months to implement his cybersecurity vision before Election Day arrives — all in the midst of a pandemic that has altered the traditional way that campaigns traditionally operate. DeRusha will…
Ransomware, Security News

Ransomware: To pay or not to pay

The crudely written ransom notes in movies 20-30 years ago may have been replaced by more modern, digital missives – like a texted photo a la Liam Neeson’s “Taken” – but the message remains the same: Pay up or else.   That is the quandary business owners, municipal governments, school administrators and even librarians are now…
Ransomware, Security News

Taxpayers stand strong against paying ransoms

Paying a ransom to regain access to a city’s data and systems has become increasingly common over the last few months. However, one study shows that most taxpayers are not happy when their elected officials give in to an attacker’s demand. Sixty percent of taxpayers said they are against giving in to the ransom demanded…
Data breaches are becoming more common - and costly.
Data Breach, Security News

Dow Jones database holding 2.4 million records of politically exposed persons

A cybersecurity researcher found the Down Jones Watchlist residing in an open Elasticsearch database containing 2.4 million records of politicians, criminals and national and international sanction lists. Independent researcher Bob Diachenko reported on his Security Discovery blog that he came across the 4.4GB dataset on February 22. The files were not secured and could be…
Election Coverage, Security News

Pentagon, National Guard units and federal officials ready for Election Day

The question as to whether or not the U.S. mid-term elections are secure from cyberattack or outside influence will be answered in a few short hours, but in the runup to the polls opening Tuesday morning, several events have happened to help bolster security and give voters confidence in the electoral system. Wisconsin Governor Scott…
Data Breach, Security News

ObamaCare portal breach compromises data of 75,000 patients

Threat actors compromised the information of 75,000 patients after breaching an ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment portal last month. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid first noticed problems in the online enrollment portal available to agents and brokers October 13 and the breach was detected Thursday. The ACA healthcare portal accessible general public was not affected…
APTs/cyberespionage

DNC spurns hack on voter database

The Democratic National Committee foiled an attempted spearphishing attack aimed at hacking its voter database hosted on Votebuilder after receiving an alert Tuesday from security firm Lookout. The would-be attackers had created a fake login page in an attempt to snag credentials that could be used to access the database. “Lookout’s phishing AI detection discovered…
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