Global ransomware outbreak spread in part due to NSA-linked hacking tool

EternalBlue's role in the ransomware outbreak shows that leaked NSA tools will be a problem for the foreseeable future.

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U.K. confirms use of offensive cyberweapons against ISIS

by Ryan Johnston • 6 hours ago

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says his country has taken advantage of offensive cyberweapons against the Islamic State.

$365,000 dark net phishing scam leads to guilty plea from U.S. hacker

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 7 hours ago

In forums, he posted fake links to dark net markets. He also built fake login pages to fool victims and steal their credentials.

Ukrainian officials: Hacked auto-updates spread ransomware infection across country

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 7 hours ago

Malware disguised as accounting software company may be to blame for Tuesday's global ransomware outbreak.

Worldwide effort underway to stop massive ransomware outbreak

by Chris Bing • 13 hours ago

An apparent outbreak of Petya ransomware appears to be affecting a large number of banks, energy firms and other companies based in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Britain and France.

94 percent of Forbes 2000 companies have no bug bounty programs, report says

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 14 hours ago

The companies that do have bug bounty programs, however, are willing to pay more for found bugs.

U.S. Copyright Office seeks changes to anti-piracy law derided by white-hat hackers

by Shaun Waterman • 16 hours ago

The U.S. Copyright Office is calling for wide-ranging reforms of an anti-piracy law that critics say restricts the "right to tinker" and puts white-hat cybersecurity researchers in legal jeopardy.

Anthem will pay $115 million in largest data breach settlement in history

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 4 days ago

The 2015 breach saw hackers access records including Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, detailed employment information and income data.

Leaked Hacking Team tools were used by group stealing East Asian IP

by Chris Bing • 4 days ago

A sophisticated and "well-funded" hacking group with a penchant for stealing intellectual property and other trade secrets is wreaking havoc in East Asia.

Cisco aims to detect malware hidden in encrypted traffic

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 5 days ago

"Identifying threats contained within encrypted network traffic poses a unique set of challenges," said two Cisco researchers.

Israeli startup Cybereason gets $100M series D funding

by Shaun Waterman • 6 days ago

The firm, founded by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces cyberwar force Unit 8200, has raised $100 million series D money from its partner, customer and existing funder, the Japanese tech-finance giant SoftBank Corp.

How China's cyber command is being built to supersede its U.S. military counterpart

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

“There’s really nothing like it in America. And that's for a good reason."

Russian hackers targeted 21 states before 2016 election, FBI still investigating

by Chris Bing • 6 days ago

The disclosure was made for the first time during a hearing held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Wednesday.

The curious case of the missing Mt. Gox bitcoin fortune

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 6 days ago

While the world paid attention to the James Comey hearing, an interesting fact was unearthed: the missing Mt. Gox bitcoins may have been located. Only those in the know won't say where they are.

EU countries agree to collectively punish attacker when a member is hacked

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

The European Union’s 28-nation bloc is in agreement concerning how to punish hackers. On Monday, the European Council announced a joint framework, dubbed the “cyber diplomacy toolbox,” to guide how member countries should uniformly respond to malicious cyber activity, which includes steps to cooperatively impose economic sanctions, travel bans, asset freezes and blanket bans against responsible parties.

ISS World: The traveling spyware roadshow for dictatorships and democracies

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 1 week ago

The Intelligence Support Systems World Conference has expanded to bring thousands of prominent spies, police, hackers and powerful bureaucrats together to spend money on some of the latest and greatest in retail spying kits.

U.S. election software companies aren't that worried about phishing emails

by Cassie Stephenson • 1 week ago

Top election software vendors say they are sufficiently protected from phishing emails in the wake of an intelligence report that revealed Russian phishing attacks during the 2016 election may have been more widespread than originally thought.

How Michael Flynn helped cybersecurity firms before his White House stint

by Ryan Johnston • 1 week ago

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn used his public sector connections to advise and guide multiple private sector cybersecurity firms into federal markets worldwide prior to his national security adviser appointment by President Donald Trump.

Question for states: Why isn't more DHS grant money funneled to cybersecurity?

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

A House bill to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security includes a requirement to study why state and local governments have not been using homeland security grant programs to fill the large gaps in their cybersecurity defenses.

Hackers are gaming the media to extort breached casinos in Canada, researchers say

by Chris Bing • 2 weeks ago

The group is faking identities when speaking to media about their work in order to extort Canadian casinos and mining companies.

Russia poses largest cybersecurity risk to U.S., Rep. Ruppersberger says

by Cassie Stephenson • 2 weeks ago

Although all of America's adversaries present serious cyberthreats, Russia's hackers are the most dangerous right now, says the Maryland congressman whose district houses the National Security Agency.

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