Cyberespionage News, Articles and Updates

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.

Trump shared top secret intel on ISIS with Russians, report

The disclosure during the meet-up, which took place during a tumultuous week in which Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, prompted White House officials to contact the CIA and the NSA to do damage control.

Senate Intel committee grills FBI's McCabe on election hack investigation

A U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today scheduled to discuss worldwide threats to America was essentially hijacked with the vast majority of questions focusing on whether James Comey's firing by President Trump will negatively impact the FBI's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Senate subpoenas Flynn; Rosenstein may have threatened resignation

The Senate Intelligence Committee, galvanized by almost daily revelations about Team Trump's ties to Russia and Tuesday's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, has turned up the heat on its investigation.

Warner, Burr ask Comey to meet with Senate intel committee

The fallout from Comey's unexpected dismissal sent the White House and its surrogates scrambling as Democrats and Republicans alike questioned the wisdom, motivation and timing of the president's action.

SEC orders Chinese hackers to pay $9M for hacking law firms for trade secrets

Three Chinese hackers were ordered by a Federal Judge in Manhattan to pay a combined total of approximately $9 million in fines.

Yates told White House Flynn could be blackmailed

So disturbed was Yates by the information gleaned by the FBI from interviews with Flynn at the White House that she didn't wait until agents wrote up a report on their findings before requesting a face-to-face meeting with White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

Macron campaign hit by massive hack

Both legitimate internal and fake documents were posted on social media by a hacker called EMLEAKS "to sow doubt and disinformation," Macron's staff said.

SentinelOne: In memory attacks loom large, leave little trace

In-memory attacks are on the rise according to Sentinel One, and being increasingly adopted by cyber-crime authors to evade security software.

Cat, Mouse, RAT?: Felismus poses powerful threat

Researchers spotted a remote access trojan (RAT) dubbed Felismus which has a modular construction that allows it to hide or extend its capabilities.

Oversight Committee says Flynn likely broke law, White House rejects request for more info

The committee also asked the White House for additional documents on Flynn's dealings with foreign governments but was rebuffed in a letter from Legislative Director Marc Short.

Possible cyber angle eyed with North Korean missile failure

Some cybersecurity professionals are wondering if North Korea's recent attempt to launch a missile failed due to malware implanted by the United States, a claim rebutted by U.S. officials.

GCHQ first to spot suspicious interactions between Trump affiliates, Russians

Multiple intelligence agencies in the West shared information on interactions between members of Trump's team and Russian operatives.

WikiLeaks hostile intel agency with Russian ties, Pompeo

In contrast to earlier remarks by Donald Trump's, CIA Director Mike Pompeo Thursday called WikiLeaks, a "hostile intelligence agency" with ties to Russia.

Side-channel attack technique steals PINs by analyzing smart device sensor readings

Researchers in the UK have uncovered a technique for malicious websites to spy on smart device owners and even decipher their screen touches and PIN number entries by secretly monitoring their devices' sensor data.

Nunes steps aside in Trump-Russia probe

Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-Calif.) said a series of what he called "false" ethics complaints filed against him compromised his ability to lead the investigation.

Shedding light on Moonlight cyberespionage methods

Kaspersky Lab researchers uncovered new information about one of the world's first cyberespionage groups

U.S., U.K. warn airports, nuclear facilities of cyberattacks

In addition to intelligence that prompted the U.S. to ban laptops and other devices in passenger cabins of certain airlines to thwart terrorists attempting to bring explosives on board, officials worried that bad actors might also attempt cyberattacks on airports and nuclear facilities.

Flynn offers to talk Russian ties under immunity

Flynn's lawyer said he would testify if the circumstances were right

Were the robbers behind the Bangladesh Central Bank job North Korean?

Authorities are reportedly closing in on the culprit behind the February 2016 Bangladesh Central Bank heist. Not only does the FBI officially believe the robbers to be state sponsored, but unofficially authorities suspect they are North Korean.