Legal peril looms over companies hoping to acquire CIA intel from WikiLeaks

A cloud of legal uncertainty hangs over a cohort of private companies that hope to receive software vulnerability information from WikiLeaks, according to top national security lawyers.

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FedEx paying customers to re-install Flash

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 days ago

Save money, but make your browser less secure.

Citing compliance failures, Chrome will distrust Symantec certificates

by Shaun Waterman • 2 days ago

Two of the biggest names on the internet embarked on a game of chicken this week over the little green padlock in the address bar.

WikiLeaks publishes MacBook, iPhone hacking toolkit supposedly used by CIA

by Chris Bing • 3 days ago

WikiLeaks published Thursday a new batch of supposed CIA documents that reveal how the spy agency has hacked into Apple computers and smartphones over the last decade. The 12 newly released folders provide insight into some of the CIA’s methods and techniques, which evidently require physical access to compromise a target device in many cases. Cybersecurity researchers tell CyberScoop that the documents, some of which are marked as recent as 2013, generally prove that the CIA boasts a “robust” Mac attack toolkit.

Americans ignorant on cybersecurity, Pew poll shows

by Shaun Waterman • 3 days ago

A large majority of Americans can pick the strongest password off a list, but two-thirds don't know what the green padlock their browser means, according to new data from Pew.

Senators draft bill to turn government’s vulnerabilities equities process into law

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

The bill, which has yet to be introduced, is said to add clarity, transparency and a level of consistency to the process.

Government hoarding of software vulnerabilities needs more transparency, tech firms say

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

Several major technology companies are calling for increased transparency from the U.S. government after WikiLeaks published CIA documents showing the spy agency knew of vulnerabilities in software products but did not disclose them.

Economists have studied how criminals can make the most out of ransomware

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 4 days ago

If cybercrime is supposed to pay, these researchers figured out how to maximize profits.

Where’s Assange? Tech firms are still waiting to receive CIA documents from Wikileaks

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

A cohort of technology firms named in CIA documents that were leaked more than two weeks ago are still waiting to receive important software vulnerability information promised by WikiLeaks.

Google will provide free cybersecurity tools for election organizers in Europe

by Chris Bing • 5 days ago

As the threat of cyber warfare looms over Europe in the months preceding several crucial elections, Alphabet subsidiary companies Jigsaw and Google announced Tuesday the launch of a security tool package to help election organizers and civic groups ward off hackers and other forms of digital interference. The announcement comes one day after FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that he fully expects Russian intelligence services to once again interfere in the U.S. electoral process in 2020, and perhaps 2018, because of their apparent success in 2016.

Monero cryptocurrency doubled in price in March and is being used more widely on dark net markets

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 5 days ago

The privacy-based cryptocurrency rises but uncertainty remains.

FBI Director: U.S. should expect Russian interference in 2018, 2020 elections

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

James Comey expects that Russian intelligence services will launch hacking and influence operations against the 2018 congressional and 2020 presidential elections after finding success in 2016.

Here’s how the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminal hacks his targets

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

Alexsey Belan has repeatedly taken advantage of self-inflicted security mistakes made by private companies to compromise targets.

Former NSA hackers: Yahoo indictments won’t slow down Russian cyberattacks

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

Newly unveiled indictments against a group of hackers working for Russian intelligence, who were involved in breaching Yahoo and Google, will do little to deter future cyberattacks against the U.S., former NSA analysts and government lawyers tell CyberScoop. The Justice Department revealed charges on Wednesday against four alleged hackers responsible for compromising upwards of 500 million Yahoo accounts in 2014. The indictment states that the accused used their access to Yahoo and Google email accounts to enrich themselves and to spy on diplomats, journalists and business executives.

Russian agents allegedly hired this cyber-mercenary to hack Google and Yahoo

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

Karim Baratov, 22, remains the only suspect in custody as the Justice Department pursues three other suspects. One analyst called Baratov the "wild card" in the case.

Trump will call for private sector war on botnets, aide says

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

One of the president's early cybersecurity actions will be a public call for internet companies to collaborate to stop the massive networks of compromised computer hardware weaponized by hackers.

Bossert promises funding, centralization for federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

President Donald Trump’s budget outline proposes significant increases in funding for federal cybersecurity, says the White House's top homeland security adviser.

WhatsApp and Telegram vulnerabilities allowed attackers to hijack accounts

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

The vulnerability impacted only the web versions of these apps.

Justice Dept. charges four over Yahoo mega-breaches

by Greg Otto • 2 weeks ago

The Department of Justice announced charges Wednesday against two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers in connection to the attacks.

Women paid less than men at every level of cybersecurity industry, report says

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 2 weeks ago

Those diversity levels are the same rates seen in 2013 and point to proof of long-term stagnation in the industry's gender gap.

Armies of pro-Trump Twitter bots are now promoting WikiLeaks’ CIA dump

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

The Twitter bots we saw during the presidential campaign have found a new topic to direct their focus on.