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Ransomware attacks vs Kimchuk, Visser reveal supply chain threat to DOD

The operators behind DoppelPaymer ransomware reportedly attacked electronics manufacturer Kimchuk earlier this month, disrupting the company’s operations and stealing sensitive data that they have been publishing online as part of an extortion plot. Meanwhile, the cybercriminal outfit has continued to also publish information stolen earlier this year from Visser Precision, a parts maker and manufacturing solutions…

Fed report castigates U.S. ability to fend off a cyberattack, suggests major reforms

Fed report castigates U.S. ability to fend off a cyberattack, suggests major reforms The Cyberspace Solarium Commission issued a 182-page report stating the United States in dangerously insecure when it comes to defending itself from a cyberattack and offered a litany of recommendations to shore up the nation’s defenses. The Commission, headed by Sens. Angus…

Former federal CIO: Efforts to ban Huawei ‘don’t make any sense to me’

Recent U.S. efforts to ban the federal use of telecommunications equipment from Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies are “malaligned” and “don’t make any sense to me,” said former Federal CIO Tony Scott in a podcast interview with SC Media. Scott, who served under former President Barack Obama and now operates as chairman of his own…

Coronavirus sparks phishing, disinformation, tabletop exercises and handwashing

It’s hard to tell who’s benefitting most from the coronavirus – Russia, hackers or hand sanitizer vendors, the latter of whom are at least trying to help stop the spread of the dangerous disease. A State Department official told Congress Thursday that Russian operatives are behind coronavirus conspiracy theories popping up on social media while…

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Telecom firms urge FCC flexibility as carriers replace Chinese equipment

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday held a hearing where officials from leading tech and telecom firms posed key recommendations to lawmakers who seek to replace and further prohibit telecommunications equipment that may pose a security risk, including products from China-based Huawei and ZTE. Among the key suggestions was that…

Iran maintaining on-going cyber efforts, no response yet to Soleimani killing

Iranian cyberespionage operations are continuing at a steady pace, but so far no reaction has been spotted in response to the January U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Almost two months has passed since the Jan. 2, 2020 attack, Secureworks is only noting the continuation of previously implemented espionage operations from Iran/…

Hidden Cobra adds to its malware arsenal: CISA

The DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have released a report on six new or upgraded malware variants being used by North Korea. The malware types included are Bistromath, Slickshoes, Crowdedflounder, Hotcroissant, Artfulpie, Buffetline and Hoplight. Hoplight is a previously recorded malware believed to be used by the…

Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone

Just a day after prosecutors recommended Trump confidante Roger Stone get a seven-to-nine-year sentence for charges stemming from Robert Mueller’s Russian probe, the Justice Department reportedly has intervened reduce what it views as “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate” recommendation, a department official said. Stone, who prosecutors condemned for a “direct and brazen attack on the…

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Army (websites) defeated, but for the greater good

Normally the U.S. Army would not tout the success of an attacker, but in the case of Hack the Army 2.0 bug bounty program the service proudly announced 146 vulnerabilities were found. The platoon-sized unit of white hat hackers, 52 individuals, found the valid vulnerabilities while investigating 60 publicly accessible Army websites, including army.mil, .goarmy.mil,…

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