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Apple's recently announced iPhone 5S Touch ID is designed to keep intruders out of phone.

NYPD fingerprint database touched by ransomware

The New York City Police Department’s fingerprint database was hit with ransomware in October 2018, a local newspaper learned. The attack was brought in by a third-party vendor who was installing video equipment at the NYPD’s police academy when it connected its infected computer to the police network, according to the New York Post. The…

The car hacking talks will cover findings involving controller area networks (CAN) and automobiles.

Cyberattackers taking auto industry for a ride, FBI reportedly warns

Malicious attackers have notably stepped up attacks on the U.S. auto industry since late year, hitting car manufacturers with ransomware, compromising their systems, and exfiltrating their data, the FBI reportedly warned this week. CNN on Wednesday reported that the FBI alert came in the form of a private bulletin sent to a select group of…

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…

‘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…

Automakers pen 'privacy principles' for in-car technology

California DMV exposed drivers’ SSN details to federal gov’t officials

For at least the last four years, the California Department of Motor Vehicles had mistakenly given seven government entities access to Social Security number information pertaining to roughly 3,200 drivers and license applicants, the state agency has admitted in a data breach notification. “You are being sent the attached Notice regarding the disclosure of Social…

Ransomware attack delays government services in Nunavut, Canada

A ransomware attack last weekend struck the network of the Canadian territory Nunavut, severely impeding a bevy of government services that rely on access to systems and electronic files. The attack took place on Saturday afternoon, encrypting files on government servers and workstations and crippling email and other internet-based communications. The only service to be…

Johannesburg’s city e-services disrupted by ransomware strike

An threat actor that calls itself the “Shadow Kill Hackers” has executed a data breach and ransomware attack against City of Johannesburg, South Africa — the second time in four months that the metropolis has contended with a cyber extortion plot. Via its official Twitter account yesterday, city officials acknowledged the incident as simply a…

Data on 92M Brazilians found for sale on underground forums

Several members-only dark web forums are reportedly auctioning what appears to be a stolen government database featuring the personal information of 92 million Brazilian citizens. The 16GB SQL database contains such information as name, birth date, mother’s name, gender and tax details including taxpayer IDs, according to BleepingComputer, which credits the discovery to a researcher…

FBI alert: Ransomware attacks becoming increasingly targeted and costly

The FBI yesterday issued a new public service announcement regarding the ongoing ransomware epidemic, emphasizing that attacks are becoming more targeted since early 2018, with losses increasingly significantly in that time. The alert is intended to update and supplement a previous ransomware warning that the FBI issued back in September 2016, and specifically identifies state…

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…

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