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Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of violating the rarely invoked Espionage Act for the 2010 procurement and publication of classified documents nicked by former Army Private and intelligence officer Chelsea Manning. The charges leveled against Assange, seen as courageous whistleblower by proponents and a criminal by critics, have raised concerns…

Huawei given 90-day reprieve from Entity List

The U.S. Commerce Department has temporarily relieved Chinese manufacturer Huawei of its inclusion on the federal Entity List, allowing the company to continue to do operate with its business partners for 90 days. Huawei was added to the Entity List on May 16, effectively banning the company from doing business in the United States, but…

Chinese-made drones could transmit flight data back to makers, gov’t, DHS CISA warns

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned in a Monday alert that drones made in China might be transmitting flight data back to their makers that the Chinese government can access. Noting the drones “contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

Google, Huawei break will likely lead to security issues for users

President Trump’s executive order blocking Huawei’s products from accessing U.S. networks or technology has resulted in Google retracting its Android license from the company, possibly leading to cybersecurity issues for future owners of Huawei devices. Google has confirmed that currently available Huawei devices can still be used and services such as the Google Play Store,…

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking

Trump national emergency on info security allows ban on Huawei

Amid escalating trade war tensions with China and a lengthy dispute over Huawei Technologies over espionage allegations, President Trump declared a national emergency that bans U.S. telecommunications companies from using equipment from foreign firms that could threaten national security. The Commerce Department followed up immediately by placing Huawei Technologies and 70 affiliates on the Bureau…

DHS reduces deadline for agencies to fix vulnerabilities in their systems

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Monday issued a directive that now gives federal agencies a 15-day deadline to remediate critical-level vulnerabilities that are detected on their internet-accessible systems by CISA’s Cyber Hygiene scanning service. Binding Operational Directive 19-02 supersedes BOD 15-01, which when enacted in 2015 gave…

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San Francisco vote could lead to facial recognition ban

With its Board of Supervisors poised to vote today, San Francisco may become the first city in the U.S. to ban police and city agencies from using facial recognition technology. The use of facial recognition technology has become more prevalent in recent years with proponents praising its importance in helping law enforcement solve crime and…

DeSantis says Russians hacked two Florida county election info in 2016

Following a briefing by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed that Russian hackers accessed election information in two of the state’s counties after successful spear phishing attempts, although the governor declined to name the counties at the behest of investigators. “I’m not allowed to name the counties.…

Report: G7 institutions to simulate cyberattack on financial sector

Twenty-four financial organizations from countries comprising the Group of Seven (G7) nations will reportedly simulate a major cross-border cyberattack on the financial sector next month. The exercise will present a scenario in which malware infects a technical component that is commonly used in the financial sector, according to a Reuters report citing Nathalie Aufauvre, director…

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