DHS chief: We’re cracking down on hackers more than Obama did

The U.S. government is trying to more effectively deter cyberattacks by imposing clear consequences on nation-state-linked hackers, according to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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State officials ask lawmakers for more election security funding

by Zaid Shoorbajee • 7 hours ago

While state officials differ on the federal government's involvement in election security, there's little disagreement that more more money would be better.

Senate to review fusion center plan to deter Russian cyberattacks

by Chris Bing • 22 hours ago

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they would consider plans offered by a Obama administration official to fight back against Russian aggression in cyberspace.

Lawmakers urge Google to end partnership with China's Huawei

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 1 day ago

A bipartisan group urged Google to reconsider their partnership with Huawei due to national security concerns.

Chinese hacking group resurfaces, targets U.S. satellite companies and systems

by Chris Bing • 2 days ago

The attackers, dubbed "Thrip" by analysts, have reemerged after they seemingly went underground for more than two years.

Senate bill hopes to sort out supply-chain cybersecurity risks, prevent next Kaspersky drama

by Sean Lyngaas • 2 days ago

A new bipartisan Senate bill tries to get to the bottom of supply chain risk by setting up a federal acquisition council to get national-security and civilian agencies on the same page.

Russian-linked group tied to Winter Olympics attack is now targeting biochemical researchers

by Chris Bing • 2 days ago

The group that hacked into the IT behind the Winter Olympics has resurfaced.

Private sector warms to U.S. Cyber Command carrying out 'hack backs'

by Ryan Duffy • 2 days ago

The U.S. government should decide how to retaliate against the worst attacks on the country’s private sector.

Ex-CIA employee charged in 'Vault 7' leaks

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 3 days ago

The Vault 7 leaks became public in March 2017 and gave an unprecedented look at the CIA's hacking capabilities.

ZTE ban, tucked inside the NDAA, passes the Senate

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 3 days ago

The House of Representatives' version, which omits the ZTE ban, has to be reconciled with the Senate bill.

Capitol Hill staffers learn what really happens when there's a data breach

by Sean Lyngaas • 3 days ago

To try to demystify the data-breach discussion on Capitol Hill, cybersecurity firm FireEye held a quiet training session for roughly 40 Senate and House staffers last month.

This Chinese hacking group pwned a bunch of Mongolian government sites

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

A Chinese hacking group broke into a national data center in Mongolia late last year, quietly planting malware into local government websites.

Diplomacy won’t stop North Korean hacking, South Korean officials say

by Ryan Duffy • 7 days ago

Two top South Korean cybersecurity experts cautioned Thursday that their country is not prepared to stem the tide of North Korean hacking, regardless of two recent summits with Pyongyang that have taken place.

After Trump courts Kim, U.S. issues warning on North Korean malware

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

Days after the historic United States-North Korea summit, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI has warned U.S. industry about a malware variant tied to North Korean government hackers.

Kaspersky freezes partnership with Europol after EU calls for company ban

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 1 week ago

Kaspersky Lab pulled out of a partnership with Europol on Wednesday after the European Parliament passed a resolution characterizing Kaspersky “confirmed as malicious” and calling for a company ban.

Red-teaming by DHS 'quietly and slowly' uncovers agency vulnerabilities

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to expand a program that breaks into federal networks and tells agencies how it was done, says Rob Karas, the official leading the exercises.

National labs will probe election tech for vulnerabilities under planned DHS program

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

The government is currently planning a cybersecurity program that would allow federally funded national scientific laboratories to privately probe and then document security flaws existing in U.S. election technology, most of which is developed and sold by private companies, according to a senior U.S. official.

Krebs: NPPD must use threat intel better

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

The DHS office charged with protecting critical infrastructure needs to get better at assessing cyber risk rather than chasing threats, according to a top agency official.

White House taps Karen Evans as assistant Energy secretary for cybersecurity

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Karen Evans, a veteran of federal IT security, to be assistant secretary of Energy for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response.

Election security legislation gains attention on Capitol Hill

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 week ago

Senators are making a renewed push to secure voting infrastructure ahead of the midterm elections.

Top U.S. counterintelligence official: Kaspersky's move to Switzerland doesn't matter

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 1 week ago

William Evanina, the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, told CyberScoop that the damage has been done with regards to the Moscow-based company.

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