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Survey: Federal agencies slow to migrate to cloud, despite promise of security

Although a cloud-based architecture would offer cybersecurity benefits to federal agencies whose systems are in need of digital defense, many government entities are not yet ready to make the migration, based on the results of a new survey. Conducted by Alexandria, Va.-based MeriTalk, a public-private partnership whose mission is to improve the outcomes of government IT,…

Philippines orders Facebook to offer ID protections following breach

Among the 30 million accounts affected in the September 2018 Facebook data breach incident were 755,973 users in the Philippines, and now the Southeast Asian nation is demanding action from the social media company, according to a report from area news outlet ABS-CBN News. The report states that Manila’s National Privacy Commission yesterday ordered Facebook to file a…

Enigmatic cyber espionage campaign revives source code from old foe APT1

A newly discovered cyber espionage campaign targeting South Korea, the U.S. and Canada features malware that reuses old source code associated with the seemingly dormant or disbanded APT1 threat group. The findings raise the possibility that the reputed Chinese threat actor has resumed operations, especially because its source code was never released to the public, according to…

Report: Spammers, not nation-state actors, suspected in Facebook breach

Facebook now suspects it was criminal scam artists and not nation-state actors who compromised tens of millions of accounts in a major data breach that was discovered last month, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing individuals familiar with the breach investigation, the WSJ reported yesterday that Facebook believes the culprits are known social media…

Clandestine ‘GreyEnergy’ APT group spawned from BlackEnergy, NotPetya actors

Researchers from ESET yesterday exposed a previously undisclosed threat group that descended from TeleBots, the APT group known for launching the BlackEnergy trojan and NotPetya attacks against Ukraine in recent years. Dubbed GreyEnergy, the actor is comparable to the BlackEnergy group (which later changed strategies and became known as TeleBots or Sandworm) in that it…

Cat got your internet? Ecuador tells Assange to look after kitty, stop meddling in foreign affairs

It might sound more like a parent scolding his or her child, but reportedly Ecuador recently issued a memo to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ordering him to mind his manners as a condition for getting his severed internet connection restored. According to an AP report, the memo instructs Assange, a fugitive who continues to seek…

New York CISO: State committed to helping its local municipalities bolster cyber defenses

There are 62 counties in New York State, and nearly 1,000 cities and towns within them. Many lack adequate resources to devote to cybersecurity, but New York is committed to making sure these local municipalities are nevertheless protected against digital threats, according to the state’s CISO Deborah Snyder, speaking today at a conference. In a panel…

‘Flash update’ scam serves up legit software, but with a side of cryptominer

An unusually deceptive “Flash update” scam that installs unwanted programs on infected machines has been attempting to feign legitimacy by displaying pop-up notifications borrowed from the official Adobe installer, as well as by actually installing the latest version of Flash. A malicious Flash installer using this combination tricks in order to appear credible is “unprecedented…

ACLU seeks Mass. police’s browsing history after tweet reveals possible monitoring of activist groups

The ACLU on Tuesday announced that it officially filed a public records request seeking the bookmarks and browsing histories of every computer at the Commonwealth Fusion Center of Massachusetts, after a seemingly innocuous tweet sent by the state police last month may have inadvertently revealed recent intelligence gathering activities. Sent on Sept. 13, 2018 by the Fusion…

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