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Socioeconomic status and cyber: the new ‘digital divide’

In part one of a two-part series, SC Media examines how businesses and institutions in poorer or underserved regions may be less equipped to fight off cyberattacks than their well-funded counterparts in affluent cities.
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China targets networks with new Taidoor malware attacks

Wielding a new remote access trojan (RAT) dubbed Taidoor, Chinese government-supported hackers are behind a series of cyberespionage campaigns. Although it offered no details on the possible targets, CISA warned of the malware variants, noting that “the FBI has high confidence that Chinese government actors are using [them] in conjunction with proxy servers to maintain…
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…
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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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Phishing, Security News

Australia says state-based actor is behind surge of sophisticated cyberattacks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned late last week that a sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber actor has been attacking the country’s government and corporate institutions, as well as critical infrastructure operators, with increasing regularity. Morrison did not name-and-shame the specific country that is responsible for the alleged attacks. But inside sources told Reuters that China is…
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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…
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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…
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