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Kaspersky Labs denies report its software was used to hack NSA

Russian hackers used a Kaspersky Labs antivirus product to steal hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Citing unnamed sources the WSJ said the Russians targeted a U.S. government contractor that was using the Kaspersky product using it to identify documents being held on the contractor’s system. The hack…
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U.S. readies cyber counterattack to defend mid-term elections

The U.S. Department of Defense is said to have prepared a cyber counterattack to be launched against Russia if that nation meddles in next Tuesday’s election. The report comes from the Center for Public Integrity and The Daily Beast and which cited unnamed sources who said the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies have been given…

UK cybersecurity leader calls for government to drop Kaspersky Labs’ software

The UK’s top cybersecurity agency has joined the U.S. government in recommending that Kaspersky Labs’ products should not be used. Ciaran Martin, who heads the National Cyber Security Centre, told the Associated Press that Russia has and will continue to act against the UK in this area and that a Russia-based cybersecurity provider should not…
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State of security: Maryland

Who’s in charge:  Who is in charge: Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith Maryland was the force behind a recent bill introduced in October by its two Democratic senators, Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, called Protect Our Elections Act, which prohibits foreign nationals from owning or controlling companies that are involved in the U.S.…
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Democratic fundraising firm leaves data-filled NAS open to public

A consumer-grade network attached storage (NAS) device owned by Rice Consulting, a fundraising firm working primarily with the Democratic Party, containing client data and passwords giving access to other organizations, was left publicly accessible, a cybersecurity research firm discovered. The factory-set authentication of the Buffalo TeraStation NAS device was disabled, leaving it open to being…

Facebook discloses content of Russian-placed ads

Facebook gave a broad overview of the content contained in the 3,000 ads that were placed on the social media site Russian Internet Research Agency during and after the 2016 election cycle and that were turned over to House and Senate intelligence committees in early September.
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Symantec: APT28 and APT29 likely already working on 2018 election

With less than two months to go before the midterm elections, Symantec reports that there is every reason to believe foreign interlopers will again pull out the stops in order to influence voters and sow confusion. “Given the impact the 2016 attacks had, there is a strong likelihood that these tactics may be used again…
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