Cyberespionage News, Articles and Updates

Election integrity commission holds first meeting amid privacy, security, suppression concerns

Opponents assailed the commission's current mission, saying that resources instead should be put where they are most needed - to safeguard against cyberattacks by nation-states and modernize voting technology.

State Department reorganization to shutter cyber office, lower priority

The office's coordinator, who currently reports to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will move down the command chain, Bloomberg reported, citing two sources who wished to remain anonymous.

UPDATE: Trump concerns with election hack met with Putin denial

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who attended the small-group, private meeting, said Trump pressed Putin on the allegations of Russian hacking during the election season.

German intel calls Russia, China, Iran top cyber threats

The report pointed to an abundance of "attacks originating in Russia and China" but noted "other countries whose intelligence services have the necessary resources and capabilities to carry out cyberattacks" such as Iran.

GOP operative on hunt for Clinton emails, indicated link to Flynn

The late Peter W. Smith, who put together an investigative team that included researchers, attorneys and investigators, claimed to have uncovered five hacking groups who allegedly had Clinton's emails.

Israel Cyber Week 2017: cyber beat off 1,000s of 'lone wolf attacks'

In a rare speech, Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman says the security agency he leads regularly uses technology to prevent "lone wolf attacks".

Cash, confusion or cyber-warfare: what really motivated NotPetya attack?

Monetising a global ransomware attack on the scale of NotPetya is all but impossible without getting caught. So if not cold cash, what was the motivation behind it?

UK MoD engaged in cyber-offense as Royal Navy denies sailing on XP

Despite a spate of major ransomware attacks on UK soil, the UK's defence secretary, Michael Fallon, gave a speech at Chatham House's Cyber 2017 conference seeking to highlight how "cyber" is now a big part of everything the Ministry of Defence does.

Grassley, Graham ask Justice, FBI for FISA docs in Russia probe

In a letter to the Justice Department and the FBI, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said there was "reason to believe" that FISC rejected some FISA applications, which were then modified.

Senators grill intel community on 702 incidental collection

Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, repeatedly asked IC representatives to answer senators' questions regarding the number of Americans incidentally caught up in IC surveillance

Putin had direct hand in election cyber campaign, CIA report

The report, delivered to President Obama in August, revealed that Russian President Vladmir Putin ordered hackers to disrupt the presidential election and help Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported.

BlackTech cyberespionage group linked to several campaigns

The trail of a spate of cyberespionage campaigns have lead Trend Micro researchers to believe to one group dubbed BlackTech.

Election hackers altered voter info, stole private data

The information modified in a county database was spotted and fixed.

Cuomo orders assessment of New York election security

New York's Cybersecurity Advisory Board, working in conjunction with the Office of Information Technology Services, will formulate recommendations for security measures the state should implement.

InfoSec 2017: What are Fancy Bears and why it matters, even for SMEs

SC spoke to Adam Meyers, VP of intelligence at Crowdstrike at this year's InfoSec Europe 2017 about attribution and why it could be useful even for smaller businesses.

Intel Trump shared with Russians came from Israeli hack of ISIS

The intelligence included information that ISIS was making bombs that look like laptop batteries.

Comey recounts Trump meetings, Clinton email probe: SC Blog:

Comey was troubled by private meetings with Trump.

Comey will testify Trump asked him to 'let go' of Flynn probe

His first one-on-one meeting with Trump was disconcerting enough to compel Comey to write down notes from the meeting "on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting."

Putin says 'patriotic hackers,' may have interfered in U.S. election

"Patriotic hackers," akin to "artists," may have come to the defense of Russia, President Vladmir Putin said at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

Trump may roll back Russian sanctions, return compounds closed by Obama

The White House is mulling taking away diplomatic immunity if the properties are returned.

Shadow Brokers post details of 'monthly dump service'

Those who pay in Zcash and provide "a 'delivery email address' in the 'encrypted memo field'" will receive a confirmation email and then a mass email between July 1-17 with a link and password for the June dump.

Florida GOP blogger received DCCC docs from Guccifer 2.0

Aaron Nevins sent a message to the hacker, believed to be a front for the Russian APT groups that hacked Democratic interests, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), asking for information of interest in Florida.

US DoJ asks Congress for power to serve international data warrants

The Department of Justice is asking the US Congress to pass a law which would allow it to make reciprocal agreements with foreign governments to issue warrants to seize data in other countries.

Revised 'Hack Back' bill encourages 'active-defense' techniques, sets parameters

The bill would give cyberattack victims the go-ahead to retaliate against their attackers within certain parameters.

Trump told Russians Comey's firing relieved 'great pressure'

Scrutiny of potential collusion between members of the Trump team and Russia intensified after the president dismissed Comey and has unleashed speculation that he did so to stop the FBI's investigation.

Sweden drops Assange rape probe

Swedish officials said the decision to ditch the investigation for the time being does not exonerate Assange, who also may eventually face charges by U.S. authorities over the release of classified information.

WannaCry fallout: is hoarding exploits, delaying fixes ever justified?

With the lethality of WannaCry being blamed on the NSA's EternalBlue exploit, we asked the cyber-security industry about the wisdom of allowing intelligence agencies to stockpile zero days.

Mueller as special prosecutor in Trump-Russia probe draws praise, criticism

Rosenstein made the appointment after a tumultuous week that was marked not only by the president dismissing Comey but also by reports that a detailed memo from Comey recounted Trump asking him to drop the Flynn probe.