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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…

Army cyber troops

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,…

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…

USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans

Senators press federal officials for ISAC funding, national 5G strategy

Key lawmakers in the U.S. Senate today called for increased funding of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, while others demanded the development of a national 5G strategy. On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…

Following cyber order from Obama, CISPA is back

Lawmakers advance bills that would add to DHS’ cyber responsibilities

The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to maintain cyber hunt and incident response teams, while the House passed one that instructs DHS to share protocols for mitigating cyber vulnerabilities. The Senate bill, S.315, aka the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, passed by…

Ryuk-like malware targeting law, military and finance groups

A new malware containing some similarities to Ryuk ransomware, but which acts as an information stealer targeting military, law and financial institutions has been uncovered by MalwareHunterTeam. Once onboard a device the as-yet-unnamed malware begins its attack begins searching for .docx and .xlsx files, according to Bleeping Computer. In a fashion similar to how ransomware…

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