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ACLU tells Ga. Supreme Court Fourth Amendment should apply to personal data stored by cars

Fourth Amendment protections should apply to personal data in a car’s Event Data Recorder, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will argue before the Georgia Supreme Court today. The state’s high court is hearing oral arguments in Mobley v. State, which challenges law enforcement’s warrantless search and seizure of data gleaned from the so-called blackbox…

Report: Iran claims to have thwarted a U.S. cyberespionage operation

Iran is reportedly claiming that it successfully uprooted a CIA-led cyberespionage operation and arrested several U.S. spies in the process. “One of the most complicated CIA cyberespionage networks that had an important role in the CIA’s operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence agencies a while ago and was dismantled,” said Ali…

Black Hat withdraws Hurd as speaker one day after naming him keynoter

One day after announcing Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, as its keynoter, organizers of the 2019 Black Hat security conference promptly revoked the invitation. “Black Hat has chosen to remove U.S. Representative Will Hurd, as our 2019 Black Hat USA keynote,” conference leadership said in a statement posted on the event’s website. “We misjudged the separation of technology and politics. We…

U.S. defense, intel ramp up efforts to insert malware in Russia’s grid

After Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. military and intelligence ramped up a secret program that inserted malware into the nation-state’s power grid, but didn’t brief President Trump over concerns that he might shutter the program or leak information about it to foreign governments, according to a new report. The effort “has gotten…

"Aaron's Law," to amend the CFAA, introduced in Congress

U.S. House passes bill that would require DHS to maintain cyber hunt, IR teams

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed its own version of the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, which would require the Department of Homeland Security to permanently maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams that help prevent and mitigate attacks on federal agencies and the private sector. Designated H.R.1158, the bill serves…

Travelers’ photos stolen after CBP subcontractor breached

Photos of travelers and vehicles crossing U.S. borders were taken from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) subcontractor through a cyberattack, the agency said Monday. “CBP learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to…

New Hawkball backdoor attacks government sector in Central Asia

A newly discovered malicious backdoor by the name of Hawkball was recently observed in a campaign apparently targeting one or more Russian-speaking government entities in Central Asia, according to a blog post this week from FireEye Labs. Upon successful infection, Hawkball offers the unidentified attackers a range of malicious capabilities, writes FireEye blog post author…

Russia’s 2016 election interference was highly organized, but fixes for 2020 are possible: reports

The campaign by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election using fake Twitter accounts was even organized than many people realize, according to a new report from Symantec Corporation. But another new report from scholars at Stanford University prescribes more than 45 policy recommendations for how the U.S. can prevent…

Assange won’t face charges for Vault 7 releases, report

The Justice Department reportedly won’t indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his part in the release of the CIA’s Vault 7 hacking tools in part because it would require revealing top secret information that could compromise the intelligence community’s activities. While the government’s recent decision to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act was both surprising…

Some of the biggest tech and internet corporations began releasing updated transparency reports.

Reports: Hacking accusations debunked after leak of New Zealand budget plan

Accusations from New Zealand’s Treasury department that someone had hacked the agency’s website and stole budget plans that was later leaked to the public turned out to be premature, after investigators reportedly determined that individuals were able to access the documentation due to website error. After details of a forthcoming budget plan promised by New…

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