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Chinese, Iranian phishing campaigns target Biden, Trump campaigns

Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s campaigns may be worlds apart on issues and in style, but they share common cyber enemies, according to the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), which said both are the targets of phishing campaigns by nation-states like China and Iran. “Recently TAG saw China APT group targeting Biden campaign staff &…

OMB: Federal agencies reported 8 percent fewer cybersecurity incidents in FY 2019

A new report issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) says federal agencies reported eight percent fewer cybersecurity incidents in fiscal year 2019, compared to 2018 — an improvement it attributes to the recent “maturation of agencies’ information security programs.” High-value IT assets (HVAs) remain a work in progress, however: In FY…

‘Sandworm Team’ hackers from Russia are exploiting Exim, warns NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency on Thursday issued an advisory alleging that hackers from Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) have been actively exploiting a remote code execution vulnerability in Exim Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) software, found in Unix-based systems. Researchers and analysts reacting to the agency’s warning say the announcement is an important reminder that…

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House pulls vote on FISA bill

The House late Wednesday nixed a planned vote on the FISA bill passed earlier this month by the Senate and which would authorize three surveillance initiatives in the USA Freedom Act. “We just formally announced a whip against it because, number one, it’s not going to become law,” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters. “Number…

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Israeli websites defaced, as more offensive cyber activity flares up in Middle East

Following a month of cyberattacks involving Iran and Israel, experts are reluctant to predict all-out digital warfare between the nation states, despite the obvious recent tit for tat that underscores age-old, religion-based tensions. The latest possible salvo came May 21, when approximately 1,000 corporate and manufacturing targets within Israel were afflicted with defacements and denial…

Covid-related malspam campaign impersonates U.S. Treasury to steal taxpayer credentials

The advocacy group Abuse.ch has found a Covid-19-related malspam campaign that impersonates the U.S. Treasury Department and more than likely looks to steal a taxpayer’s credentials using a remote access trojan. In a recent Twitter post, the group shows a fraudulent letter from the Treasury Department that seeks to get the taxpayer to contact Treasury…

FBI cracks Pensacola shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help, discovers al Qaeda connection

Attorney General William Barr slammed Apple for not helping the FBI cracking the encryption on iPhones belonging to a Saudi airman who waged an attack on the Pensacola Naval Station last year and was discovered to be connected to al Qaeda. “Apple has made a business and marketing decision to design its phones in a…

Barr says review of Russia investigation won’t result in criminal probes of Obama, Biden

Attorney General William Barr threw cold water on the budding Obamagate conspiracy in a Monday press conference, saying he doesn’t expect a review underway of the 2016 Russia probe into presidential election interference to result in criminal investigations of former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat candidate who will…

REvil attackers who threatened celebrity law firm, Trump, strike food distributor

The REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware hackers that struck celebrity law firm Grubman, Shire, Meiselas and Sacks and threatened to release information on clients like Lady Gaga and Madonna as well as President Trump likely exploited an unpatched Citrix vulnerability, and have now turned their sights to a major food company, Sherwood Forest and Harvest Distributors. “…Sherwood has…

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