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ISO decides not to approve two NSA encryption algorithms, citing trust issues

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) decided not to approve the NSA encryption algorithms Speck and Simon.

SEC systems breach may aided have insider trading

Hackers breached the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission's EDGAR document filing system and may have used nonpublic information stored on the database to profit from insider trading, the regulatory body disclosed on Wednesday.

Election season spam correlates with the polls, study

A recent study on election spam found spammers use candidates with the strongest brands in their lures.

Investigators wiretapped Manafort under FISA court order

Suspicious of his work on behalf of Ukraine's ruling party, investigators first obtained a FISA court order to tap Manafort in 2014, according to a report by CNN.

Sens. Graham, Gillibrand look to establish a committee to examine 2016 election hacking

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and Lindsay Graham, R-SC, introduced legislation that would create a 9/11-style commission that would investigate the cyberattack that took place during the 2016 election.

Report: Congressman seeks pardon for Assange in exchange for docs vindicating Russian hackers

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) has reportedly taken steps to broker a deal between the White House and Julian Assange, in which the WikiLeaks founder would turn over materials that he claims exonerates Russia from hacking Democratic officials in exchange for a pardon or some form of clemency.

Warren, Schatz introduce bill to protect consumers after Equifax breach

In the wake of a massive Equifax breach that left sensitive information on 143 million consumers at risk, a bill introduced Friday by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would give consumers more control over their credit and personal data and help prevent future incidents.

Equifax CSO, CIO to retire post-breach

The company, which didn't provide any information on the two executives, is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and faces at least two House committee probes.

Justice Department: Google won't challenge overseas warrants

Google has silently stopped challenging most warrants from U.S. judges in cases involving data requests stored in overseas servers.

Bill creating an Office of Cyber Issues in the State Department proposed

A bipartisan group of Representatives has introduced the Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017 that if passed would establish a high-level Office of Cyber Issues at the State Department.

ACLU, EFF sue DHS over electronic device searches at border

The suit was filed on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident, most of them Muslim or people of color, whose devices were searched as they reentered the country after business or personal trips.

N. Korea targets Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency firms amid sanctions

North Korean hackers are targeting banks and other cryptocurrency outlets as international sanctions appear to take their toll on the Hermit Kingdom.

Cornell Tech campus opens on Roosevelt Island

The campus, which broke ground in 2015, is the result of Cornell Tech's win of the Applied Sciences Competition under the administration of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Study finds more than third of global orgs unsure if GDPR compliant

A recent study found 37 percent of global organizations are unsure if they need to comply with the EU's GDPR standards.

Sessions, Coats call for reauthorization of FISA

The U.S. Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence penned a letter to the Congressional majority and minority leadership urging them to permanently reauthorize Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire at the end of this year.

Energy Dept. to invest up to $50M in infrastructure cybersecurity, resilience

The awards for 20 cybersecurity projects, including next-generation attack-resilient electricity distribution systems and malware operational mitigation are to improve reliability and strength of the electric grid and oil and gas infrastructure

Virginia decertifies certain voting machines over hacking, integrity concerns

Twenty-two localities in Virginia have roughly two months to replace their election technology after the state's board of elections decertified all Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting devices over hacking concerns.

'Crackas With Attitude' member sentenced to in prison for government attacks

Justin G. Liverman, aka "D3F4ULT" of the "Crackas With Attitude" cybergang was sentenced to five years in prison.

NIST develops guidelines for dealing with ransomware recovery

NIST along with vendors and businesses within the cybersecurity community teamed up to develop a recovery guide for firms hit with ransomware attacks.

Self Drive Act looks to bring secure connected cars to road sooner

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed the first major legislation to speed up the rollout of self-driving cars with the passing of the Self Drive Act

21 EU members not complying with court ordered privacy rules: report

The global privacy advocacy group Privacy International has found that 21 European Union members continue to retain personal data despite going against both their own and EU legal mandates.

Sen. Shaheen pushes for government wide ban on Kaspersky software

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pushing for a federal government wide ban of security software developed by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Election hacking might be more widespread than previously thought

Voting incidents in at least 21 states that Russian hackers tried to penetrate have not yet be subjected to a thorough digital forensics probe.

Trump Energy appointee Bradford steps down amid hacking claims controversy

Controversial Trump appointee William Bradford left his position at the Energy Department on Thursday.

Turla APT group linked to Gazer backdoor that spies on embassies

A previously undocumented backdoor program used to spy on foreign embassies and consulates appears to be the work of suspected Russian APT group Turla, researchers from ESET have reported.

Akeo Consulting Rufus bug allows remote code execution

The U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has issued an advisory for a vulnerability in Akeo Consulting Rufus software.

Deputy AG announces new cybercrime lab and efforts

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said his department has strengthened its ability to pursue charges against cybercriminals.