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Exec order prioritizes AI, broadly outlines U.S. goals

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An executive order signed by President Trump this week is designed to promote U.S. leadership in AI, especially as China makes great strides, by building on five principles that ensure the U.S. drives breakthroughs in technology as well as technical standards, adequately trains current and future workers, builds public trust in AI while preserving civil…

31 AGs ask FTC to update Identity Theft Rules

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Attorneys general from 31 states have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update its Identity Theft Rules. Noting the proliferation of identity theft and consumers’ inability to divine how information stolen from breaches is being used, the AGs said that the rules – also known as the Red Flags Rule and the Card Issuers Rule – “appropriately…

Mueller Russian probe docs manipulated, leaked via Twitter

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Non-public information gathered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the investigation of Russian company Concord Management and Consulting and shared during discovery, was manipulated and made accessible by a pro-Russian Twitter account in an effort to discredit Mueller’s Russian probe, Justice Department court documents revealed Wednesday. The filing asked the court not to grant…

Hundreds of Delaware residents among the victims of BenefitMall breach

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Delaware’s Department of Insurance announced yesterday that 650 residents and five companies located within the state were impacted by a 2018 data breach of BenefitMall, a third-party HR services administrator for health insurance companies. It was originally back on Jan. 4, 2019, that BenefitMall, aka Centerstone Insurance and Financial Services, publicly disclosed a “data security…

Intel community assessment: Cyberattacks threat to U.S. security

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Cybersecurity threats are among the most troubling concerns to the U.S. intelligence community (IC), with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea (“the Big 4”) well-positioned – and motivated – to engage in cyberespionage and attacks particularly during the 2020 presidential election, according to the IC’s annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment” report. In a wide-ranging discussion of…

DHS issues emergency directive to protect federal domains from DNS hijacking campaign

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The Department of Homeland Security’s newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued its first-ever emergency directive on Tuesday, instructing federal government agencies to take preventative measures against an ongoing DNS hijacking campaign that has recently affected several executive branch domains. Cisco Systems’ Talos research unit first reported on the DNS infrastructure tampering in November…

Click2Gov breach threatens credit card data of Hanover County residents

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A data breach of an third-party online payment system has compromised the personal information of Hanover County, Virginia, residents. In an official online notification, county officials have disclosed that an unauthorized party stole credit card information processed by the Click2Gov payment portal between Aug. 1, 2018 and Jan. 9, 2019. Exposed information includes customer names,…

Wall-inspired government shutdown threatens federal cybersecurity workforce, effectiveness

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Twenty days in and the government still may be shut down as lawmakers maintain an impasse over funding a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border, but that doesn’t mean hackers are off the clock or that key government systems aren’t vulnerable. “I do not expect a cyber catastrophe. Operational, mission-critical employees are mostly designated as essential,…

German politicians and other high profile citizens targeted in massive data breach

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Several German politicians, journalists, and entertainers were targeted in a massive data breach that emerged on Twitter in the form of an advent calendar last month. Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greens leader Robert Habeck, TV satirist Jan Böhmermann, rapper Marteria, the rap group K.I.Z. and  main parliamentary groups including the ruling center-right and center-left parties, as…

Aliens? NASA servers with employee PII potentially compromised

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NASA yesterday alerted its employees of a possible compromise of NASA servers containing personally identifiable information. A Dec. 18 advisory posted to the SpaceRef website warns that one of the servers contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive information belonging to current and former NASA employees. More specifically, the breach affects NASA Civil Service employees who…

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