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GOP senators nix vote on Election Security Act, similar bills wend their way through Congress

Republicans in the Senate rebuffed an attempt by presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, to bring the Election Security Act to a vote Tuesday. “We know there’s a continued threat against our democracy. What we need to do now is address these facts with a common purpose, to…

Mueller will testify publicly before House Intelligence, Judiciary Committees after subpoenas

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about his recently completed Russia probe on July 17 after receiving subpoenas from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Mueller, who said during his only public appearance regarding his much-anticipated report last May that he didn’t want to testify before Congress, will face questions from both committees…

Microsoft’s familiar refrain: Disable macros to avoid malware campaign running FlawedAmmyy trojan

To avoid being infected in a malware campaign compromising fully patched Windows PCs and spreading malicious macro functions via an Excel attachment that runs the FlawedAmmyy remote access Trojan, the Microsoft Security Intelligence team advised users to disable their macros. “Anomaly detection helped us uncover a new campaign that employs a complex infection chain to…

Social Engineered hacked, user data leaked, dumped on rival site

User data from Social Engineered, which bills itself as a forum for the “Art of Human Hacking,” was leaked in mid-June and posted on a rival site. “Mybb had a vulnerability yet again and the site got breached along other websites using Mybb,” Social Engineered founder, Snow101, confirmed in a blog post. “We moved over…

U.S. launched cyberattacks on Iranian intel targets, report

President Trump may have pulled back at the 11th hour from airstrikes on Iranian radar and military targets, but U.S. Cyber Command did hit cyber targets within the Iranian intelligence apparatus last week. The U.S. cyberattacks, okayed by the president, hit systems within the Iranian intel network, the Wall Street Journal reported, and came as…

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ACLU tells Ga. Supreme Court Fourth Amendment should apply to personal data stored by cars

Fourth Amendment protections should apply to personal data in a car’s Event Data Recorder, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will argue before the Georgia Supreme Court today. The state’s high court is hearing oral arguments in Mobley v. State, which challenges law enforcement’s warrantless search and seizure of data gleaned from the so-called blackbox…

U.S. defense, intel ramp up efforts to insert malware in Russia’s grid

After Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. military and intelligence ramped up a secret program that inserted malware into the nation-state’s power grid, but didn’t brief President Trump over concerns that he might shutter the program or leak information about it to foreign governments, according to a new report. The effort “has gotten…

Travelers’ photos stolen after CBP subcontractor breached

Photos of travelers and vehicles crossing U.S. borders were taken from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) subcontractor through a cyberattack, the agency said Monday. “CBP learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to…

Assange won’t face charges for Vault 7 releases, report

The Justice Department reportedly won’t indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his part in the release of the CIA’s Vault 7 hacking tools in part because it would require revealing top secret information that could compromise the intelligence community’s activities. While the government’s recent decision to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act was both surprising…

Researchers observe databases being encrypted, websites held for ransom

Theta360 leak exposes 11 million photos, user data

An open database exposed at least 11 million photographs after the Theta360 photo sharing system run by Ricoh was breached. “The data breach exposed thousands of users’ photos, many of whom chose to keep their images private,” according to a blog post from vpnMonitor, whose researchers, Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered the database. “The breach…

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