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Trump urges Apple to unlock Pensacola gunman’s iPhones

President Trump weighed in on Apple’s likely impending pitched battle with the government over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone, encouraging the tech company to  help the Justice Department access the contents of two phones associated with the Saudi airman who went on a shooting spree at the Pensacola Naval Station last fall. “We are helping Apple…

Report: FBI issues alert after two municipalities hacked via SharePoint

The FBI this month reportedly issued an alert to its private industry partners, warning that a probable nation-state hacking group had recently compromised the networks of two U.S. municipalities via unpatched, vulnerable Microsoft SharePoint servers. According to the report, from ZDNet, the flaw the hackers reportedly abused was CVE-2019-0604, a remote code execution bug caused by…

Senate bill aimed at creating cybersecurity coordinators in states

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Friday would create a federal program to bolster response to cyberattacks in states by installing cybersecurity coordinators. Under the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act, sponsored by Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., Gary Peters, D-Mich., John Cornyn, R-Texas and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the program would fall under the umbrella of the Department…

The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…

Russia’s Fancy Bear successfully hacked Burisma during impeachment probe

As the House Intelligence Committee held impeachment hearings last fall, members of the Russian GRU, known as Fancy Bear, successfully hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company at the center of the impeachment investigation. In an echo of the 2016 presidential election cycle where Russian hackers pilfered and released damaging emails on then candidate Hillary Clinton…

iPhone's are also susceptible to hacking.

Barr pushes Apple for additional help unlocking Pensacola gunman’s iPhone

Declaring a shooting last fall at a Pensacola naval base a terrorist act, Attorney General William Barr struck a familiar chord – pressing Apple for help unlocking iPhones associated with the investigation of the incident. Barr assailed the phone maker for not having “given any substantive assistance” as authorities try to obtain data on two damaged…

Facebook deepfakes ban falls short, lawmakers say

House lawmakers Wednesday grilled Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, Monika Bickert, over the company’s ban of “deepfakes,” saying that the policy fell short. “Big Tech failed to respond to the grave threats posed by deepfakes, as evidenced by Facebook scrambling to announce a new policy that strikes me as wholly inadequate,” said Rep.…

State actors may be behind ongoing cyberattack on Austria’s foreign ministry

An ongoing and “serious cyberattack” at Austria’s foreign ministry could be the work of nation-state actors, the country’s government said. The ministry has set up a “coordination committee” to respond to the attack, which started as the country’s Greens party okayed an alliance with conservatives. While the foreign ministry discovered the attack and responded quickly,…

No news on if Iran will retaliate yet...

Hackers claiming to be from Iran deface U.S. gov’t website

Just days after President Trump ordered an air strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a U.S. government website was defaced by a hacking group claiming to be from Iran. The hackers defaced the Federal Depository Library Program, fdlp.gov, website with a picture of bleeding Trump as he’s being punched in the face for an…

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