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State of security: New Hampshire

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State William M. Gardner The state spent $250,000 of its nearly $3.2 million election security budget ($3.1 million in federal grant money and $155,000 in matching state funds) to improve systems for the 2018 midterm elections. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said the state has hired firms to test…

Core router compromised in DragonFly 2.0 attacks on critical infrastructure

Cylance researchers say a core router was compromised in cyberattacks against energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors that the U.S. has accused Russia of carrying out. Cylance researchers said the discovery’s significance far outweighs its size, given that core router compromises are considerably harder to detect, analyze, patch, and remediate than…
Chinese intelligence agents indicted for stealing jet engine plans.
Government/Defense, Malware, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Decline in Chinese cyberattacks against U.S. suggests attacks getting more efficient

Trump might still be blaming China for interfering with U.S. elections at the UN, but there are other issues he should be worried about concerning cyberattacks in the private sectors. Three years after the signing of the U.S.-China cyber pact, which intended to curb cyberattacks concerning intellectual property, researchers at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

State of security: Nebraska

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State John A. Gale Digital fingerprints tracing back to Russia were found probing for vulnerabilities on systems maintained by Election Systems & Software, an election services IT provider, back in 2016 when Russian threat actors attempted access the election systems of 20 other states. The company manages the Nebraska’s Voter…
Puush urges users to change passwords after cyber attack
Government/Defense, Security News

Weak passwords outlawed out West, California law aims to secure IoT devices

California passed has just passed a law effectively banning weak passwords and enforcing other security measures to more effectively secure connected devices. While its unlikely individuals or businesses will be raided by local law enforcement for attempting to lock down their computer or Wi-Fi using “Password123,” the new law will require that manufactured devices be…
Cybercrime, Government/Defense, Security News

FBI shuts down 15 DDoS-for-hire “booter” sites

The FBI seized 15 internet domains associated with DDoS-for-hire services and announced criminal charges against three individuals charged with operating the platforms. On Dec. 19 the FBI seized the domains of 15 “booter” services, named as such because they result in “booting” or dropping the targeted sites from the internet, that allowed paying users to…
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