DHS holds election security exercise with states to prep for midterms

With less than three months until the midterm elections, federal agencies worked with 44 states on all types of attack scenarios.

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McAfee is the latest private company to offer free services for election security.

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Raymond Uadiale sent about $94,000 in ill-gotten funds to the U.K., according to court documents.

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by Zaid Shoorbajee • 6 days ago

The Secure Elections Act would let states to replace outdated machines, among other forms of assistance from the federal government.

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by Ryan Duffy • 6 days ago

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Singapore health system breach likely conducted by APT group, government says

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 1 week ago

The minister of communications and information says the attackers used sophisticated methods to conduct the hack and evade detection.

DNC tells candidates not to use Huawei or ZTE devices

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 weeks ago

The DNC has warned candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections not to use devices made by Chinese telecom firms.

Trump administration touts 'extensive, historic' actions to secure elections

by Ryan Duffy • 2 weeks ago

On Thursday, National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a strong defense of President Trump’s “extensive, historic” efforts to strengthen the security of U.S. elections.

How FBI's global reach took down a cybercrime unicorn

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

The FBI's legal attaché program was crucial to bringing down the alleged FIN7 leaders.

Senator asks DHS what it's learning from key email-security measure

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 weeks ago

Sen. Ron Wyden has asked the Department of Homeland Security how it is turning the implementation of an important email security protocol at federal civilian agencies into “actionable cyber intelligence” to guard against hackers.

Criminal hacking group targets U.S., U.K. agencies in Pakistan

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 weeks ago

A criminal hacking group purporting to be from Pakistan has in recent months carried out a string of attacks against governmental organizations, according to new research.

DOJ arrests three Ukrainians allegedly tied to FIN7 hacking gang

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

Three Ukrainians accused of hacking vast quantities of financial data from U.S. businesses have been indicted, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Pence urges states to accept federal help in securing elections

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 weeks ago

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday delivered the most direct and high-profile appeal from the Trump administration to states to accept federal aid in securing election systems.

DHS vulnerability scanning program offline after Virginia office loses power

by Greg Otto • 2 weeks ago

A number of high-priority DHS programs focused on cybersecurity are operating at backup locations or have been knocked completely offline, multiple sources tell CyberScoop.

DHS to unveil National Risk Management Center

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 weeks ago

DHS plans to unveil a new interagency center to help critical infrastructure firms assess the risk that a ceaseless stream of cyberthreats pose to their networks.

Telegram traffic from around the world took a detour through Iran

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

The move looks to be a BGP hijack.

Fighting Chinese cyber-espionage could cost U.S. 5G dominance

by Ryan Duffy • 2 weeks ago

The dilemma presents the latest — and perhaps fiercest — technological showdown between Washington and Beijing to date.

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