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Citing DoJ, ‘key allies’ concerns,Trump delays release of classified data


President Trump pumped the brakes Friday on his earlier order to release classified data included in a FISA warrant on his former campaign foreign policy aide Carter Page and texts among a number of FBI agents, citing concerns from Justice Department officials that the declassification could have a “perceived negative impact” on the Russian interference…

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DDoS attacks took down Calif. Democratic hopeful’s website during primaries


A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack took down California Democratic congressional hopeful Bryan Caforio’s website just hours before he stepped onto the debate stage to face fellow Democrats. “As I saw firsthand, dealing with cyberattacks is the new normal when running for office, forcing candidates to spend time fending off those attacks when they…

White House unveils initiatives to combat botnets

White House touts release of National Cyber Strategy


Eager to demonstrate a commitment to cybersecurity amidst criticisms over vulnerable election infrastructure, the White House yesterday unveiled its National Cyber Strategy. The plan is divided four “pillars” of strategy: protecting the homeland by fighting cybercrime and fortifying defenses, promoting American prosperity by adding cyber jobs and defending intellectual property, preserving peace through strength by…

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

Romanian woman pleads guilty to ransomware attack on D.C. police cameras before Trump Inauguration


A Romanian citizen pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from her role in a ransomware attack which involved hacking Washington, D.C., police cameras days before the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Eveline Cismaru, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud in charges stemming…

Report: Hackers used data mining tool, network sniffer to steal Click2Gov information


The malicious actor behind a year-old campaign targeting the web payment portal Click2Gov appears to have been using a malicious webshell, data mining utility program and network sniffer to steal information from users, according to a new report from FireEye researchers. The researchers note that while the perpetrator’s tools and techniques are “generally consistent with other financially…

Fed agencies on pace to meet DMARC compliance deadline


Ahead of the October 16 compliance deadline imposed on federal government agencies, 64 percent of the more than 1,100 executive branch domains have implemented Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) standard at its highest policy level, “p=reject,” which will “automatically block phishing email attacks and prevent domain spoofing,” according to a report released today.…

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Wyden warns foreign gov’t cyberattacks aimed at personal accounts of senators, aides


The personal email accounts of senators and their aides are in the crosshairs of nation-state hackers, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., warned Senate leaders in a letter that took the body’s security office to task for failing to safeguard them. Noting that “at least one major technology company” had notified some senators and their aides that…

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Pegasus spyware spotted in 45 countries, many with questionable human rights records


The Citizen Lab researchers identified 45 different countries in which operators of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware may be conducting operations some of which targeting human rights advocates. The malware uses social engineering to encourage targets to click a specially crafted exploit link that will leverage a host of zero day exploits to penetrate a device’s…

Trump accuses China of election influence


A day after imposing additional tariffs on China, President Trump, without offering any evidence, laid into nation in a Tuesday tweet for attempting to influence the U.S. election.“China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to…

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