How the Democrats plan to stop hackers from breaching 2018 campaigns

Fresh off the wounds of the 2016 campaign, Democratic political reorganizations are compelling political campaigns to improve their cybersecurity.

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Read: DHS releases details on Kaspersky product ban

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 days ago

The recent order to remove Kaspersky products from federal networks impacts almost every government agency within the next 90 days.

Treasury Department sanctions Iranians for cyberattacks

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 5 days ago

The sanctions include actions against "hackers who execute cyber-attacks on American financial institutions.”

Wyden demands answers from telecom giants, NSA over SS7 vulnerabilities

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is demanding to know how America's largest telecommunications companies plan to stop hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in an outdated mobile-data transfer framework that remains fundamental to how cellphones function.

In wake of Equifax breach, government shines light on entire industry

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

While law enforcement agents were sent to immediately investigate how and why hackers broke into Equifax, other federal agencies, like the Homeland Security Department, were focusing on understanding the threat posed to the larger industry, a senior U.S. official said.

Congress invites Eugene Kaspersky to address claims about his company's products

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 6 days ago

“We want the government, our users and the public to fully understand that having Russian roots does not make us guilty,” Eugene Kaspersky wrote in June.

The FTC is officially investigating the Equifax breach

by cyber_admin • 6 days ago

It's highly unusual for the FTC to publicly comment on the existence or status of an ongoing investigation.

Eugene Kaspersky speaks out, defends company over espionage allegations

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

The company's founder made remarks Tuesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil when a U.S. security researcher asked him about recent press reports.

U.S. officials looking at Apache vulnerability as cause for Equifax breach

by Chris Bing • 7 days ago

The official's comments to CyberScoop are the first from a government source regarding the cause behind one of the largest data breaches in history, which was publicly announced last week.

DHS bans Kaspersky from U.S. government networks

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 7 days ago

The ban is being justified "based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems."

U.S. official: American companies avoided government help when WannaCry, NotPetya hit

by Chris Bing • 7 days ago

A top Homeland Security official says the U.S. government was unable to fully measure the scale and impact of two recent ransomware outbreaks, dubbed WannaCry and NotPetya, in America due to a lack of private sector engagement.

New Microsoft Word zero day used to spread 'lawful intercept' malware, analysts say

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

A well-funded spy group appears to have recently acquired a highly-sophisticated zero day vulnerability to deploy a remote access trojan, developed by infamous surveillance technology firm FinFisher, against a Russian-speaking "entity."

Capitol Hill comes for Equifax, demanding answers for massive breach

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

Lawmakers are putting pressure on Equifax after hackers were able to breach the credit reporting behemoth and compromise millions of customer records.

Some federal websites now allowing users to login via secure USB keys

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

Three federal agencies have signed up to let the public use keysticks conforming to the Universal Second Factor standard.

Amid U.S. effort to exclude Kaspersky, Putin backs plan to force out foreign software

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

The move comes as the FBI is privately counseling American businesses to uninstall products that are created and sold by Moscow-based cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab.

Cyber companies urged to share — and not sell — threat info

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

DHS wants cyber companies to give their threat intelligence away as widely as possible. Surprisingly, many cybersecurity companies seem to agree.

Member of group who hacked CIA director's email is sentenced to 5 years in prison

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

Crackas With Attitude passed the CIA director's emails to WikiLeaks in 2015.

Former officials buck White House adviser's comments about government hacking

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

A top White House official says the U.S. government cannot rely on offensive cyber operations to deter foreign hackers from attacking American computer networks.

Officials: U.S. should share threat info on — but not blacklist — Kaspersky products

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

Both current and former officials say the government needs to take a different approach with Kaspersky's products.

Cyber Command lacks authorities, capabilities, Pentagon watchdog says

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

In a heavily redacted 2015 report released to CyberScoop, the Department of Defense's inspector general says the fledgling command lacks the authorities it needs to manage personnel, set standards for training and ensure its teams are properly equipped for cyber-combat.

Election officials criticize Harvard study of voter registration vulnerabilities

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

Election officials are pushing back against a new Harvard study saying hackers could disenfranchise Americans by exploiting vulnerabilities in online voter registration systems.

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