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Election Security Act seeks to shore up infrastructure, give states funds to protect against election cyberattacks, influence

Spurred by Russia’s assault on the 2016 presidential election, the Election Security Act a trio of Democrats in the House last week to safeguard U.S. elections from attacks and interference by foreign entities would require the president to develop a national strategy to protect the underpinnings of democracy as well as creating a National Commission…

U.S. intel agencies issue analysis of North Korea’s ELECTRICFISH tunneling tool

The FBI and Department Homeland Security have jointly issued a new Malware Analysis Report (MAR) warning of the dangers of ELECTRICFISH, a tunneling tool used for traffic funneling and data exfiltration by the North Korea government hacking group Hidden Cobra. ELECTRICFISH is attributed to North Korea. The 32-bit Windows executable file is a command-line utility…

RiskSec 2019: Israel strike on Hamas hackers did not ‘cross the rubicon’

Israel’s air strike of a Hamas cyber operations facility last weekend is not a game changer that opens the door for future military attacks as a common response to offensive cyber activity, according to Duke University Cyber Scholar Zhanna Malekos Smith, speaking at SC Media’s RiskSec conference today. “There are some people who say, ‘We’ve…

Researchers: Chinese APT group used stolen NSA tools prior to Shadow Brokers leak

Some of the U.S. government-linked exploit tools that were published online by the Shadow Brokers hacking group in 2016 and 2017 were actually employed by Chinese actors well before that infamous leak occurred, researchers say. In a blog post yesterday, Symantec reported that its threat research team discovered evidence that cyber espionage actor APT3, aka…

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Israel sets precedent by launching air strike against Hamas hackers

Israel Defense Forces yesterday acknowledged launching an air strike last Saturday against a building that it says housed Hamas cyber forces that had recently attempted a failed offensive operation against Israeli targets. Observers are calling the bombing response unprecedented, as there is no other known case of a country executing a physical attack against an…

Europol announces takedown of Wall Street Market and Valhalla dark web markets

Europol today announced it dealt a double blow to dark web marketplaces after taking down both the Wall Street Market and Silkkitie, aka The Valhalla Marketplace. The Wall Street Market was considered the second largest illegal online market on the dark web with more than 1,150,000 customer accounts and more than 5,400 sellers registered. The…

the 118-page report on international criminal groups targeting the state.

Trump issues executive order to help grow the U.S. cybersecurity workforce

President Trump today issued an executive order directing the creation of various programs to help eliminate the cybersecurity labor shortage, promote cybersecurity work within the government and encourage widespread adoption of the cybersecurity workforce framework created by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The order is designed to create a cybersecurity focused environment in…

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Controversy over which DMARC setting will best protect the 2020 presidential campaigns

A pair of email security firms are taking opposing positions on whether or not the 2020 presidential candidates are using secure email systems within their campaigns even though many of the candidates are using DMARC. Valimail and Agari have each issued report cards to show if the Democratic Party hopefuls learned a learned a lesson…

DHS lists critical infrastructure areas to protect from cyberattack

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued a list of the 55 areas of the nation’s critical infrastructure that it believes must be protected from cyberattacks. The National Critical Functions list was created by CISA’s National Risk Management Center and contains functions used or supported by the government and…

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Rosenstein to resign, says elections are more secure; Wray says Russia threat to electorate around the clock

In his resignation letter Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed “our elections are more secure,” just days after FBI Director Christopher Wray said Russia’s efforts to influence the U.S. electorate “has absolutely continued” since 2016. “It’s pretty much a 365-days-a-year threat,” Wray said at a Council on Foreign Relations event last week. “We recognize…

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