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Pompeo in China
Featured, Government, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

US expands Clean Network to protect COVID-19 vaccine research from China

As concerns mount over China’s efforts to swipe intellectual property from U.S. companies – most recently COVID-19 vaccine research – the State Department has expanded its Clean Network program to protect U.S. critical telecommunications and technology infrastructure. Among the key objectives is to push vaccine research and other sensitive information to secured clouds. The programs…
Data Breach, Finance, Government, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Regulators levy $80 million fine, hammer Capital One for massive breach

Bank regulators dropped the hammer on Capital One, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) levying an $80 million fine and the Federal Reserve filing a cease and desist order that specified what the steps the bank needed to take to redeem itself after a massive data breach in 2019 that compromised…
electric power
Government, Security News

New York, Siemens to develop cyber Center of Excellence for utilities

Recognizing that the electric utility industry needs an industry-specific response to its cybersecurity challenges, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Siemens Energy plan to develop a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence that will focus on building practical security tools for small- and mid-sized utilities. Kenneth Carnes, vice president and CISO at NYPA, said many of…
Government, Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News

Government warns OT assets still in danger of attack over internet

Security professionals responsible for protecting critical infrastructure strive to isolate and segregate their most mission-critical systems, but there are still too many operational technology (OT) assets that are accessible to attackers over the internet, according to a new government alert. When searchable and accessible via the internet, OT systems – just like conventional IT systems…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Broadened CIA cyberattack powers put businesses on alert

The greater business community should be on higher alert for cyberattacks by nation-state actors after the report last week that President Trump signed a “presidential finding” around cyberwarfare that gives the CIA broader powers to launch cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries. After all, following the Stuxnet attack by the U.S. in 2009 the Iranians responded not…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Legacy ICS puts critical infrastructure at risk

By using search engines dedicated to scanning all open ports, or scanning the ports themselves, hackers can remotely take control of critical private and public U.S. infrastructure run largely by industrial control systems (ICS) that weren’t built with security in mind. American water and energy providers are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack because their legacy ICSs…
Akamai NOCC
Coronavirus, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Rise in DDoS attacks lost in pandemic

Though they might get lost in all the other security threats exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, DDoS attacks, unsurprisingly, ticked up during the first part of 2020, most handily absorbed by the internet backbone – and the defensive efforts of targeted companies. Disruptions at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and streaming companies in mid-June stoked…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Covid-19 vaccines, economies in peril after Russian APT29 attacks

Warnings by officials in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that Russia’s Cozy Bear, APT29, is actively trying to steal Covid-19 vaccine research by hacking vaccine trials and dropping WellMess and WellMail malware proves at least two things: Russia military intelligence is still going hard against U.S. targets, and the health care industry, particularly during the…
Access Control, Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Insider Threats, Network Security, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security

Twitter hack is a reminder of the dangers of unfettered employee access

Twitter’s acknowledgement that a “coordinated social engineering campaign” involving multiple employees was behind a hack of prominent verified accounts raises significant questions as to whether business organizations are implementing effective security controls that limit potential insider threats’ access to back-end administrative tools. The hacking incident — which promoted a cryptocurrency scam and victimized the accounts…
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