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Cat got your internet? Ecuador tells Assange to look after kitty, stop meddling in foreign affairs

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It might sound more like a parent scolding his or her child, but reportedly Ecuador recently issued a memo to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ordering him to mind his manners as a condition for getting his severed internet connection restored. According to an AP report, the memo instructs Assange, a fugitive who continues to seek…

New York CISO: State committed to helping its local municipalities bolster cyber defenses

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There are 62 counties in New York State, and nearly 1,000 cities and towns within them. Many lack adequate resources to devote to cybersecurity, but New York is committed to making sure these local municipalities are nevertheless protected against digital threats, according to the state’s CISO Deborah Snyder, speaking today at a conference. In a panel…

Former CIA Director Brennan recounts his transformation into a full-fledged cyber strategist

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When John Brennan became director of the CIA in 2013, he set out to bust the silos and cultural blockades that prevented the smooth flow of information among agency groups and their partners around the world. Much has changed since then, Brennan said on Wednesday, as now government agencies are better able to connect data…

U.S. Deputy ADA: Indictments of alleged foreign hackers have merit, even without an arrest

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On the same day the Department of Justice issued federal indictments against seven Russian military officers for alleged hacking offenses, U.S. Deputy Assistant District Attorney Adam Hickey of the National Security Division defended the practice of charging foreign cybercrime suspects, even when the likelihood of bringing them to justice is low. “There are some who…

Pair of surveys underscore importance of secure PKI in government, IoT

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Both the federal government and Internet of Things manufacturers are facing key challenges and opportunities in regards to implementing secure Public Key Infrastructure practices for digital certificate management and encryption, according to a pair of newly published research reports. The first report, from machine identity protection company Venafi, reveals data compiled from a survey of 100 federal…

House committee leaders submit white paper urging U.S. to address AI security concerns

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Artificial intelligence holds tremendous promise for technological innovation, but also presents grave privacy and security risks that necessitate government action, according to a new white paper issued today by two U.S. legislators. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Tex., and Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., respectively the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s…

White House unveils initiatives to combat botnets

White House touts release of National Cyber Strategy

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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…

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

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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…

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