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Every presidential campaign website executes suspicious third-party code

An analysis of 11 presidential campaign websites performed last September and again in December found multiple instances of potentially risky third-party code, unwanted code execution and unauthorized data tracking. According to a new report from The Media Trust, 81 percent of executing code on these websites was not internally developed, but rather from external third-party…

Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay

Campaign staffer’s husband arrested for DDoSing former Rep. Katie Hill’s opponent

The husband of a campaign staffer for former Rep. Katie Hill, D-CA., was arrested by the FBI for allegedly launching four DDoS attacks against the former congresswoman’s primary opponent. Arthur Dam was arrested on February 21 by FBI agents and charged with one count of intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer. In…

Email scam swindles $2.6M from Puerto Rican government corporation

The Puerto Rico government fell for a phishing scam that bilked the U.S. territory out of $2.6 million — an incident that sounds like a possible business email compromise. According to an Associated Press report, the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), a government-run corporation created to promote the island as an investment destination, reportedly filed…

States weigh in on cybersecurity

With the focus trained on national legislation to safeguard data and privacy, legislative activity at the state level often gets overlooked, though it has flourished in recent years. Many states either passed, rejected or have pending bills primarily focused on compelling businesses to inform customers about how their data is used. Here is a quick…

The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…

Cybersecurity takes the stage

No longer just the concern of IT, cybersecurity is the bad boy headliner that dominates centerstage and all stages beyond.  Teri Robinson reports.  At the recent Lonestar Blues and Heritage Festival in, where else, Texas, fans bounced between the main stage where headliners strutted their stuff and the porch stage where more modest acts plucked their guitars – and…

2019’s weird and wonderful news

Dead Cows, HackerGiraffes, fast food-craving lemmings, foul-mouthed scooters and golf pranksters made SC Media’s rather eclectic list of the most bizarre cyber news from the last 12 months.  In 2016, hackers tried to influence who became president. This time, hackers are running for president!   Well, make that a former teenage hacker – and a fairly harmless one at…

‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…

Facebook hosts election security meeting between tech companies, intel officials

Executives from leading technology and social media firms convened with U.S. intelligence representatives yesterday to discuss ongoing efforts to shield their platforms and users from election interference campaigns. According to Bloomberg and additional news outlets, Facebook used its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters to host the meeting, which was attended by Google, Microsoft, Twitter and members…

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