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Joe Uchill

Senior reporter
Joe Uchill has been covering cybersecurity since 2014 for publications such as Axios, The Hill and Motherboard.

Most recent articles by Joe Uchill

Threat gardening: What CISOs can learn from ‘mystery seeds’

In July, thousands of Americans started to complain about unsolicited packages of seeds mailed from China. And despite not knowing exactly what the seeds were, and holding suspicions that something nefarious was afoot, many recipients planted them. The parallels between the mystery seeds and phishing attacks are unmistakable and can serve as a cautionary tale…

China pushes new global data security initiative, decrying US ‘politicizing’ the issue

China announced a comprehensive global data security program Tuesday, proposing many of the same international norms agreed upon by Western nations already, while protecting China’s interest in balkanizing the internet. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi proposed the “Global Data Security Initiative” in a statement translated here by the New America think tank. According…

Free program blocks 10 million malicious domains from state and local governments

Akamai announced Wednesday early results of a partnership with the Center for Internet Security and the Department of Homeland Security to offer free malicious domain blocking and reporting services to state, local, tribal and territorial governments. After five weeks of offering the service, with just under 350 sign-ups, the MDBR service blocked roughly 10 million…

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Iranian hacker group selling server access on underground forums

According to a new Crowdstrike report, an actor associated with a contractor for the Iranian intelligence service known as “Pioneer Kitten” advertised selling access to servers on an underground forum in July. Pioneer Kitten, also tracked by cybersecurity firms as Fox Kitten and Parasite, has been active since 2017 with a broad array of interests.…

Expect rapid growth in BEC scams to continue, despite global crackdown

The Justice Department’s extradition of Deborah Mensah from Ghana for her alleged participation in a multimillion-dollar business email compromise (BEC) scheme marks the latest move in a flurry of global activity to stop increasingly prevalent email scams. Since 2018, the department has participated in two massive international operations netting nearly 370 arrests, and the FBI…

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