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

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.

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U.S. Air Force invests millions this month on cyberweapons projects

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 6 hours ago

Major military contractors have seen stock prices rise as much as 20 percent since the election.

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.

White House: Cyber executive order is close, will be ‘intertwined’ with federal IT modernization

by Shaun Waterman • 1 day ago

The Trump administration is "close" to unveiling its cybersecurity executive order and is carefully aligning its policy in that area with plans to modernize federal IT networks being drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Robert Joyce said Monday in his first public comments since taking office.

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.

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.

Prolific Russian credit-card hacker gets 27 years

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

A federal judge in Seattle Friday sentenced prolific Russian payment-card hacker Roman Seleznev to 27 years in prison — the longest sentence for computer crime ever imposed in an American court.

New DARPA program seeks cybersecurity through hardware design

by Shaun Waterman • 4 days ago

Pentagon scientists say they could stop 40 percent of current cyberattacks by producing secure computer chips. The System Security Integrated Through Hardware and firmware, or SSITH, program is looking for help from industry.

Six big vendors dominate a fragmented federal cyber market, numbers show

by Shaun Waterman • 5 days ago

Federal procurement of cybersecurity goods and services is highly fragmented, according to new research published this week, but despite this long tail of small awards, the market space is dominated by a handful of familiar names.

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.

Senate IT systems are ‘far behind’ on basic cybersecurity, Wyden charges

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 5 days ago

While the executive branch has long since been adopting two-factor authentication, the senate neither requires nor even offers it, the Senator charged.

Russia is ‘ready to discuss’ election hacking and cybercrime with U.S.

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 5 days ago

Nothing is off the table, according to a high-level Russian official.

Leaked NSA hacking tools are a hit on the dark web

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

A shadowy cast of random hackers are now sharing, promoting and working to reverse engineer the tools in the latest Shadow Brokers dump.

DHS watchdog’s fraud hotline spoofed in ID theft scam

by Shaun Waterman • 6 days ago

The inspector general's office in the Department of Homeland Security is warning that identity thieves and fraudsters are spoofing caller ID systems to make it look as if victims are being called from the IG's anonymous tipline.

Prosecutors throw the book at Russian behind credit card hacking plot

by Shaun Waterman • 6 days ago

U.S. prosecutors are asking a federal court in Seattle to sentence prolific Russian hacker Roman Seleznev to 30 years this week, saying he personally helped create a multibillion-dollar ecosystem for credit card fraud.

Cybersecurity takes a quiet role in DHS secretary’s loose outline of priorities

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly laid out the new administration's priorities for his department Tuesday, listing cybersecurity alongside defending the nation's borders and stopping terrorist attacks — but providing far fewer details about the online defensive mission than about the other two.

Investors drop $20M on startup CyberGRX’s platform for auditing supply-chain cyber risks

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

A cohort of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capitalists are betting $20 million on a cybersecurity startup that was launched in March and is staffed with former NSA and CIA talent. Denver, Co.-based CyberGRX on Tuesday announced it had successfully raised funding to help develop and expand the company’s main product, a software tool that is used to gauge security risks associated with a wide array of different third party vendors.

Shadow Brokers latest leak a gold mine for both criminals and researchers

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 1 week ago

Security researchers are learning how the NSA operates while criminals are starting to take the tools for a spin on the open web.

Shadow Brokers leaks show U.S. spies successfully hacked Russian, Iranian targets

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

The leaks show which organizations were targeted by the NSA and what tools were used to compromise them.

NASA cybersecurity chief to leave agency

by Greg Otto • 1 week ago

Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz's departure comes nearly nine months after she took the position.

Shadow Brokers leak NSA documents that may reveal operation aimed at Middle Eastern banks

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

The mysterious group dropped their biggest leak yet Friday, including evidence that the NSA compromised offices connected to a global banking system in order to spy on Middle Eastern banks.