Chris Bing

Chris Bing

Cybersecurity Reporter

Christopher J. Bing is a cybersecurity reporter for Scoop News Group. In the past, he has written about security, technology and policy for the American City Business Journals, DC Inno, International Policy Digest and The Daily Caller. Chris became interested in journalism as a result of growing up in Venezuela and watching the country shift from a democracy to a dictatorship between 1991 and 2007. He is an alumnus of St. Marys College of Maryland, a small liberal arts school based in Southern Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter at @Bing_Chris. To contact Chris you can reach him via email -- Chris.Bing@fedscoop.com -- or through a secure communications channel: https://medium.com/@Bing_Chris/how-to-contact-me-d2fd4bd3ed7b#.1es75sxhm
Government

Russian hackers heavily targeted news outlet in days before U.S. election, researchers say

by Chris Bing • 6 hours ago

Hackers working for the Russian government sent a barrage of targeted phishing emails between 2014 and 2016 to employees of major news outlets, and they focused particularly on Al Jazeera in the days before and shortly following the U.S. presidential election, according to new research by cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.

Government

Russia’s reliance on cybercriminals has a ‘silver lining,’ says top DOJ lawyer

by Chris Bing • 1 day ago

A top Justice Department official says that a “silver lining” exists in the fact that Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, a foreign intelligence service, were reliant on a pair of cybercriminals to hack into Yahoo and collect information. On March 15, the Justice Department announced the indictment of four individuals involved in a massive data breach that occurred at Yahoo in 2014, including two FSB officers and two cybercrime-oriented contractors.

Government

Interpol identifies 9,000 computers in Asia owned by hackers, used to launch ransomware

by Chris Bing • 1 day ago

Nearly 9,000 computer servers based in southeast Asia are infected with or currently dispensing malware, according to a newly unveiled Interpol-led operation heavily supported by multiple private sector cybersecurity firms and domestic law enforcement agencies. Hundreds of compromised websites popularly used in Southeast Asia, including regional government portals, were also identified as under the control of hackers, Interpol announced Monday.

Government

That was fast: Thousands of computers now compromised with leaked NSA tools, researchers say

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

The findings by security researchers are significant because they illustrate, among other things, the rapid pace at which cybercriminals can effectively adopt and then launch cyberattacks with complex, NSA-grade weaponry.

Technology

Software flaw that allowed Stuxnet virus to spread was the most exploited in 2016

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

Software updates aren’t the cybersecurity silver bullet that some computer experts make them out to be.

Financial

Oracle databases at risk because of a leaked NSA hacking tool, researcher says

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

The recent outing of leaked NSA hacking tools designed to compromise SWIFT Service Alliance servers comes with a key to pry open thousands of Oracle servers around the globe, new research suggests. A mysterious group self-named the Shadow Brokers, which has been publishing authentic internal NSA documents since last summer, shared new material on April 14 detailing an expansive U.S. espionage operation aimed at hacking into Middle Eastern SWIFT service bureaus.