Trump administration says China broke Obama-Xi hacking agreement

The Trump administration explicitly called out the Chinese government Thursday for having hacked U.S. companies to steal business secrets in recent years.

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Stalled election security bill is reborn with support from Senate Intelligence Committee

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 3 hours ago

The bill has re-emerged after renewed movement on Capitol Hill to focus on securing voting infrastructure.

Tenable inches towards IPO, finally

by Chris Bing • 5 hours ago

One of the best funded cybersecurity companies in the entire industry is reportedly on the precipice of finally going public.

Senators press DHS for details on election security progress

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 9 hours ago

Much of the hearing focused on the increasingly close relationship between DHS and the state and local offices that run elections.

White House pushing for research carveout in GDPR

by Chris Bing • 1 day ago

Some privacy provisions in GDPR could have a negative effect on security researchers' work.

Google Cloud gains federal certification, adds a suite of new security features

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 1 day ago

Google can now compete for Amazon and Microsoft's biggest cloud customer: The U.S. government.

Report: Kaspersky Lab to open new data center in Switzerland to curb espionage suspicions

by Chloe Kim • 1 day ago

It's not clear whether the Kremlin will accept the Moscow-based company's decision to build the facility outside Russia.

Spending bill will offer $380M for election cybersecurity improvements

by Chris Bing • 1 day ago

The Omnibus spending bill that's set to be released at noon today will bring about $380 million worth of new spending for a novel Election Administration Commission (EAC) fund that is designed to help local election officials upgrade their systems, a senior U.S. official has told CyberScoop.

NIST engineering guide update provides advice for securing legacy IT systems

by Shaun Waterman • 1 day ago

Volume two of NIST SP-800-160 focuses on cyber resilience engineering.

NSA has been tracking bitcoin users since 2013

by Mark Satter • 2 days ago

The NSA reportedly tracked bitcoin users by collecting sensitive information from their computers, including passwords, internet activity, and other unique identifiers.

Kaspersky's 'Slingshot' report burned an ISIS-focused intelligence operation

by Chris Bing • 2 days ago

CyberScoop has learned that Kaspersky research recently exposed an active, U.S.-led counterterrorism cyber-espionage operation used to target ISIS and Al-Qaeda members.

Senate Intelligence Committee pushes for improvements to election cybersecurity

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 days ago

"We are already in an election year," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said. "The need to act now is urgent."

DHS cyber incident response teams closer to becoming permanently codified

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 2 days ago

The House approved a bill Monday that would make DHS's cyber incident response teams a permanent fixture within the agency.

Election infrastructure ISAC created to share threats specific to voting systems

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 6 days ago

Since election infrastructure was designated critical, it's finally getting an ISAC.

Chinese hacking group resurfaces to spy on U.S. maritime firms

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

Researchers say some of the companies are related to the South China Sea territory dispute.

Information sharing on election security is getting better, officials say

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 6 days ago

Officials discussed the progress they've made since 2016 on election security coordination.

Trump's NSA nominee promises to 'follow the law' in 2nd confirmation hearing

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

Gen. Paul Nakasone, the former head of Army Cyber Command, glided through a lackluster confirmation hearing Thursday to the top of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, putting him in the unique and powerful position of guiding both U.S.-backed cyber-espionage and warfare.

U.S. sanctions Russia over attempts to hack energy grid, NotPetya

by Greg Otto • 1 week ago

The sanctions come after the NotPetya attack and persistent attempts to break into the U.S. energy grid.

Lawmakers to generals: Tell us the policies you need to launch cyberattacks

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

During a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing Tuesday, the country's top cyber warfare generals answered questions and provided status updates on their forces.

Hacking group threatens researchers' lives after they discover attack servers

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

Security researchers' lives were threatened after coming across a cyber espionage operation, according to a new report.

EU needs one set of vulnerability disclosure rules, says expert task force

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

The fractured ecosystem is having a chilling effect on vulnerability research.

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