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FBI warns of DDoS attack on state-level voter registration website

Rate limiting on DNS servers protected a state-level voter registration and information website from a monthlong DDoS attack that prompted the FBI to issue a Private Industry Notification (PIN). “The FBI received reporting indicating a state-level voter registration and voter information website received anomalous Domain Name System (DNS) server requests consistent with a Pseudo Random…

Iowa Dems say reporting inconsistencies, not hack, caused delays in caucus results

The Iowa Democratic Party late Monday night said reporting discrepancies, not a hack, were responsible for delays in reporting results from the Iowa caucus.  “This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion,” Mandy McClure, communications director for the Iowa Democractic Party, said in a statement.  ”The…

Cybersecurity concerns ground Dept. of Interior drones

The U.S. Department of the Interior has grounded its fleet of non-emergency drones and halted the use of their associated equipment and software while it checks for cybersecurity issues. The Chinese made drones, which number about 800 according to published reports, are being grounded not for any specific cybersecurity vulnerability, but to give the Interior…

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Pre-Olympics cybersecurity exercise kicks off in Tokyo

A three-day cybersecurity wargame began today in Tokyo in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Summer Games. This particular exercise has 140 workers from 58 critical infrastructure firms defend against malware attacks that attempt to disrupt devices used for telecommuting, according to the Nippon News agency. During the Olympics many workers will telecommute to avoid traffic…

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Bill seeks to reform NSA surveillance, aiming at Section 215, FISA process

Congress took on dual issues of Fourth Amendment and privacy rights in a bill meant to reform the Patriot Act to end the authority of NSA’s phone recording program, as well as, reform the FISA process, addressing the problems revealed by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz last fall. The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act…

New York considers bills banning ransom payments

Two bills have been introduced into the New York State Senate that if passed would ban municipalities from paying money demanded by ransomware attackers. The bills are S7246 introduced, by Sen. Phil Boyle, (R), and S7289, introduced by Sen. David Carlucci (D). The first bill would make it specifically illegal for local governments to use…

Alphabet CEO supports EU push to temporarily ban facial recognition in public spaces

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai’s decision to back the EU’s proposal to ban the use of face recognition in public spaces for five years drew praise from rights activists. “I think it is important that governments and regulations tackle it sooner rather than later and give a framework for it,” Reuters cited Pichai as saying at Bruegel…

PupyRAT found sniffing around EU energy concern

A command and control server used by the Iranian-associate group PupyRAT has been found communicating with the mail server of a European energy sector organization for the last several months. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group reported PupyRAT, a remote access trojan, had been chatting with the command and control server from November 2019 until about January…

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…

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