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Government warns OT assets still in danger of attack over internet

Security professionals responsible for protecting critical infrastructure strive to isolate and segregate their most mission-critical systems, but there are still too many operational technology (OT) assets that are accessible to attackers over the internet, according to a new government alert. When searchable and accessible via the internet, OT systems – just like conventional IT systems…

Broadened CIA cyberattack powers put businesses on alert

The greater business community should be on higher alert for cyberattacks by nation-state actors after the report last week that President Trump signed a “presidential finding” around cyberwarfare that gives the CIA broader powers to launch cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries. After all, following the Stuxnet attack by the U.S. in 2009 the Iranians responded not…

Chinese-made drone app may be spying on Americans

An Android application that controls a drone manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) contains a self-update feature that bypasses the Google Play Store, thus creating the ability for the app to transmit sensitive personal information to DJI’s servers or possibly the Chinese government. The DJI GO 4 Android app has been designed for use…

Biden will punish foreign election interference, hacking

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would take harsh action against any nation-state that attempted to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, “whether by hacking voting systems and databases, laundering money into our political system, systematically spreading disinformation, or trying to sow doubt about the integrity of our elections.”…

Leaked videos offer rare behind-the-scenes look at Iranian APT operation

Threat analysts hit the cyber intel mother lode after uncovering a 40GB data leak that included training videos shedding light on the activities of an Iranian advanced persistent threat group. In a company blog post this week, IBM X-Force Incident Response Intelligence Services (IRIS) said that the leaked assets were the result of an OPSEC error on…

Covid-19 vaccines, economies in peril after Russian APT29 attacks

Warnings by officials in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that Russia’s Cozy Bear, APT29, is actively trying to steal Covid-19 vaccine research by hacking vaccine trials and dropping WellMess and WellMail malware proves at least two things: Russia military intelligence is still going hard against U.S. targets, and the health care industry, particularly during the…

EU court kills Privacy Shield, wreaks havoc on digital economy

The EU court decision in the Schrems II case that effectively kills the Privacy Shield pact hammered out four years ago between the U.S. and EU could cripple multinational companies’ ability to operate as they scramble to scrutinize their data transfer mechanisms. “This is a stunning and completely unexpected decision. In invalidating the Privacy Shield framework,…

Huawei ban driven by security, trade considerations

The recent U.K. ban on the use of Huawei technology in its 5G wireless network is likely as much about salvaging the deteriorating U.S.-U.K. Sino relationship and restoring trade normalcy as it is about security. “There are clearly legitimate security concerns around Huawei, particularly given that as a result of the trade ban, equipment will…

Is TikTok out of time? Experts mull implications of ban

Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be. Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2…

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