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Cozy Bear targeted French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron: Trend Micro

Trend Micro researchers said Fancy Bear, also known as Pawn Storm, targeted several elections including the Emmanuel Macron presidential campaign in France.

Asian Interpol operation finds nearly 270 compromised websites, including government portals

Investigators from seven Southeast Asian nations collaborated on a joint Interpol operation that identified approximately 8,800 C2 servers in eight countries and nearly 270 compromised websites, including government portals.

Information Commissioner notes confusion over 'Consent' in GDPR

The UK's data protection watchdog has noted a great deal of confusion around the concept of 'Consent' drawn out in landmark European regulation set to hit Britain's shores next year.

Microsoft: FISA orders seeking content up, global law enforcement requests for data down

On Thursday, Microsoft released its latest batch of semi-annual transparency reports, which revealed that global law enforcement legal requests for Microsoft user data decreased by more than 17 percent from 2015 to 2016, while U.S. FISA orders seeking content from the tech company jumped significantly in the first six months of 2016.

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.

Parliamentary committee proposes unit to combat 'election hacking'

A parliamentary committee has proposed a monitoring unit in order to ward off the threat of foreign powers trying to influence UK election.

Survey: Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of ISPs sharing data without consent

In a recent poll of more than 1,200 Americans, 92 percent agreed that Internet providers should not be allowed to monitor their activity online and sell that data to third parties without consent -- a strong indictment of Senate Joint Resolution 34, which lifted FCC restrictions that would have prevented ISPs from engaging in this practice.

Feinstein, Grassley bill expands NCFI

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that would fund the expansion of the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) to include training local law enforcement in cybersecurity practices.

UPDATE: Gov't drops efforts to compel Twitter to ID anti-Trump account holder, suit

The Twitter suit says revealing personal details about user @ALT_uscis, which has been highly critical of the president, flies in the face of the First Amendment.

Report: Chinese APT compromised trade association's website to keep tabs on members

A Chinese APT is accused of compromising the website of the National Foreign Trade Council in an attempt to spy on the trade association's members.

Bannon jettisoned from NSC, McMaster rises

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert's role was reduced while National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster gained a more prominent role in guiding the group's agenda.

Shedding light on Moonlight cyberespionage methods

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

No More Ransom gets major boost with new members, new decryption tools

No More Ransom, conceived as a European resource, is adding new partners and new decryption tools in a boost to its now global anti-ransomware campaign.

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

Encryption to come under renewed fire from European Commission in June

Encryption will face a make it or break it moment in June when the European Commission lays out new options for forcing internet companies to hand over the keys.

2017 set to be landmark year for electronic device searches at the U.S. border

Searches of electronic devices have shot up in the first months of 2017 and privacy advocates are wondering why.

Activists propose buying lawmakers' browser histories after Congress revokes FCC privacy rules

Activists outraged over Congress passing a resolution that struck down new FCC rules defending the private data of telecom and ISP customers have pledged to purchase federal lawmakers' browser histories so they can publish them.

Does the Trump rollback of protections threaten UK-US data sharing?

The repeal of Obama-era data protection regulations means that internet service providers in the US will be allowed to sell a great variety of personal data. What are the implications for European data?

Telecom and ISP companies defend repeal of FCC privacy rules

In a conference call yesterday, a panel representing telecom and broadband service providers threw its support behind a resolution to roll back Federal Communications Commission rules designed to protect consumer data collected by telecom and ISP companies.

Girls crack code in CyberFirst challenge and impress judges

The competition is organised by the National Cyber Security Centre which is looking to encourage more women into the sector, who currently make up only seven percent of its workforce.

DHS expects continued investment to secure fed networks

Protecting federal networks requires "more than performing a routine check-up," House Homeland Security Committee Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said Tuesday.