Legal peril looms over companies hoping to acquire CIA intel from WikiLeaks

A cloud of legal uncertainty hangs over a cohort of private companies that hope to receive software vulnerability information from WikiLeaks, according to top national security lawyers.

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WikiLeaks publishes MacBook, iPhone hacking toolkit supposedly used by CIA

by Chris Bing • 3 days ago

WikiLeaks published Thursday a new batch of supposed CIA documents that reveal how the spy agency has hacked into Apple computers and smartphones over the last decade. The 12 newly released folders provide insight into some of the CIA’s methods and techniques, which evidently require physical access to compromise a target device in many cases. Cybersecurity researchers tell CyberScoop that the documents, some of which are marked as recent as 2013, generally prove that the CIA boasts a “robust” Mac attack toolkit.

Microsoft exec gets new cyber job at DHS

by Shaun Waterman • 3 days ago

Krebs started at the Department of Homeland Security this week as a senior counselor, generally working cyber issues.

Senators draft bill to turn government’s vulnerabilities equities process into law

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

The bill, which has yet to be introduced, is said to add clarity, transparency and a level of consistency to the process.

Government hoarding of software vulnerabilities needs more transparency, tech firms say

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

Several major technology companies are calling for increased transparency from the U.S. government after WikiLeaks published CIA documents showing the spy agency knew of vulnerabilities in software products but did not disclose them.

Accused $100M business email grifter arrested in Lithuania

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

A Lithuanian man charged with running a two year, $100 million email banking con against two unnamed U.S. tech multinationals was arrested last week by authorities.

NSA deputy says U.S. cyberattack responses must improve

by Shaun Waterman • 5 days ago

The current system for U.S. cyber response is like, "if your house catches on fire, you have to call the mayor to see if he’ll let you call the water department to ask them to turn the water on."

Where’s Assange? Tech firms are still waiting to receive CIA documents from Wikileaks

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

A cohort of technology firms named in CIA documents that were leaked more than two weeks ago are still waiting to receive important software vulnerability information promised by WikiLeaks.

Google will provide free cybersecurity tools for election organizers in Europe

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

As the threat of cyber warfare looms over Europe in the months preceding several crucial elections, Alphabet subsidiary companies Jigsaw and Google announced Tuesday the launch of a security tool package to help election organizers and civic groups ward off hackers and other forms of digital interference. The announcement comes one day after FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that he fully expects Russian intelligence services to once again interfere in the U.S. electoral process in 2020, and perhaps 2018, because of their apparent success in 2016.

Russian bank threatens researcher with CFAA suit over DNS request data

by Greg Otto • 5 days ago

The Russian bank is considering litigation against an Indiana University researcher under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act’s civil action provision.

Russian hacker pleads guilty in U.S. for role in Citadel malware

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 5 days ago

He'll receive, at most, a five-year sentence after striking a deal with prosecutors.

Legacy IT makes federal agencies less secure, study says

by Shaun Waterman • 6 days ago

On average, for each one percent of its spending that an agency shifts from maintaining legacy systems to buying new ones, it can expect a five percent reduction in the number of security incidents.

FBI Director: U.S. should expect Russian interference in 2018, 2020 elections

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

James Comey expects that Russian intelligence services will launch hacking and influence operations against the 2018 congressional and 2020 presidential elections after finding success in 2016.

Definitions for cyberwar terms sought by House lawmakers

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

The resolution reflects the thinking of many experts who say the U.S. needs to be more candid about its "red lines" in cyberspace and other elements of its strategic thinking about cybersecurity.

Former NSA hackers: Yahoo indictments won’t slow down Russian cyberattacks

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

Newly unveiled indictments against a group of hackers working for Russian intelligence, who were involved in breaching Yahoo and Google, will do little to deter future cyberattacks against the U.S., former NSA analysts and government lawyers tell CyberScoop. The Justice Department revealed charges on Wednesday against four alleged hackers responsible for compromising upwards of 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014. The indictment states that the accused used their access to Yahoo and Google email accounts to enrich themselves and to spy on diplomats, journalists and business executives.

Russian agents allegedly hired this cyber-mercenary to hack Google and Yahoo

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

Karim Baratov, 22, remains the only suspect in custody as the Justice Department pursues three other suspects. One analyst called Baratov the "wild card" in the case.

Trump budget: FBI would get an extra $61M to fight cybercrime and break encryption

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for the federal government includes a proposed $1.5 billion for the Homeland Security Department to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure from hackers and another $61 million for the FBI and Justice Department to track terrorist communications and combat cybercriminals.

At the dawn of connected vehicle networks, cybersecurity challenges remain

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

Everything on the road will be one day be connected.

Leaked CIA documents show just how complicated computer warfare really is

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

According to WikiLeaks' dump, even elite hackers at the CIA have to depend on StackOverflow for answers.

Bossert promises funding, centralization for federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

President Donald Trump’s budget outline proposes significant increases in funding for federal cybersecurity, says the White House's top homeland security adviser.

Armies of pro-Trump Twitter bots are now promoting WikiLeaks’ CIA dump

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

The Twitter bots we saw during the presidential campaign have found a new topic to direct their focus on.