Indictments reveal how Russia's 2016 election information warfare worked

Russian operatives were able to obfuscate their activities by stealing the identities of U.S. citizens, renting servers based in the U.S. and using a VPN all while posting targeted propaganda on social media, according to Robert Mueller's lengthy indictment.

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ODNI holds classified briefings on election security for all 50 states

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 days ago

The briefings will include officials from all 50 states for a "one-time limited read-in", despite that not all state election officials have received long-term security clearances for such information.

Why GDPR is flipping the thought process around data ownership

by Greg Otto • 3 days ago

In a new podcast, CyberScoop gets experts to separate fact from fiction when it comes to GDPR.

U.S. and U.K. blame Russia for infamous 'NotPetya' cyberattacks

by Michelai Graham • 4 days ago

The U.S. and United Kingdom's governments are blaming the Russian military for a famous cyberattack that took place last June.

House Dems release report, propose bill addressing election cyberthreats

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 4 days ago

The bill would provide more than $1 billion for states to use for modernizing and securing their election infrastructure.

Atos, IT provider for Winter Olympics, hacked months before Opening Ceremony cyberattack

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

Hackers appear to have compromised the main IT service provider for the Winter Olympic Games months before last week's highly publicized cyberattack.

White House official: Paul Nakasone nominated for NSA Director

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

The Trump administration plans to nominate the head of Army Cyber Command, Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, to be the next NSA director and commander of U.S. Cyber Command.

Kaspersky Lab files another lawsuit in wake of NDAA ban

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

One of the largest ant-virus makers in the world has expanded its legal battle with the U.S. government.

Winter Olympics cyberattacks meant to 'send a message'

by Chris Bing • 7 days ago

Multiple cybersecurity firms now suggests that a hacking group equipped with "destructive" wiper malware may have been behind the disturbance.

Department of Energy would get new cybersecurity office under White House proposal

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 7 days ago

The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response would focus on energy infrastructure security and support expanded national security responsibilities.

Government websites, including uscourts.gov, pulled into cryptomining scheme

by Greg Otto • 1 week ago

A third-party plugin co-opted sites, including ones belonging to the U.S. federal courts and D.C.'s public transit system, to mine Monero.

Senators question Pentagon over workforce's use of data-leaking fitness app Strava

by Michelai Graham • 1 week ago

A bipartisan group of Senators have called on the Defense Department to answer for how a popular fitness app apparently used by some U.S. soldiers, intelligence analysts and Pentagon officials led to the disclosure of secret bases and facilities around the world.

Watchdog: Despite progress, IRS needs to improve electronic fraud detection

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 1 week ago

An auditor at the Treasury Department commended the IRS for improvements, but said there's still work to be done.

U.S. moves to develop grand cybersecurity partnership with Ukraine, a favorite target for Russian hackers

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

During a week where multiple senior Ukrainian government officials came to visit Washington, a bill designed to foster further collaboration on cybersecurity efforts between the U.S. and Ukrainian governments passed the House of Representatives late Wednesday night.

Chris Krebs nominated as next NPPD head

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

The position is one that oversees a key department office in charge of various national cybersecurity efforts.

Senators push bill banning Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE from being used in government

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 2 weeks ago

The legislation is a companion to a bill proposed in the House last month. It would prohibit the U.S. government from contracting with companies that use equipment or services from Huawei and ZTE.

DHS steadily moving state-by-state on election security outreach

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

A DHS official says the department is on track to assess states' risk of cyberattack over the next few months.

Rex Tillerson proposes new 'cyber bureau' at the State Department

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

The secretary of State wants to create a Bureau for Cyberspace and the Digital Economy, led by an assistant secretary confirmed by Congress.

DOJ indicts leaders of cybercrime ring that allegedly stole $530 million

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

In terms of scale of money stolen and international reach, the DOJ said Infraud is among the biggest in the world.

DHS won't reverse ban on Kaspersky products, court docs show

by Michelai Graham • 2 weeks ago

DHS is requesting the court denies the request from Kaspersky Lab, stating that even if the BOD is overturned, the congressional ban on Kaspersky products still stands.

Rep. Mike McCaul: It's taken too long to reauthorize NPPD

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 2 weeks ago

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, also painted a bleak picture when it comes to the cybersecurity threats the U.S. faces from foreign adversaries.

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