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FBI policy promises states timely notification of election-related attacks

A new internal policy at the FBI will ensure “timely federal notification” to state and local election officials when a cyber intrusion affect the election infrastructure, the bureau said. “Understanding that mitigation of such incidents often hinges on timely notification, the FBI has established a new internal policy outlining how the FBI will notify state…

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…

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…

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…

No immediate cyberthreat seen over Soleimani killing, but preparation is key

The most recent military portion or the United States’ on-going confrontation with Iran appears to be completed, but chatter is being detected among Iran’s supporters indicating anger over recent events, but none indicate an immediate threat. However, that does not mean government agencies, companies and others who may find themselves in Iran’s crosshairs should be…

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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