Our year conquering the chaos in the cybersecurity community
Our managing editor reflects on the first year of CyberScoop.
Meet Berla, the little-known company that can pull smartphone data from your car
Automobile manufacturers are pulling data from cars in little-known partnerships that allow government access to data that would otherwise be protected by smartphone security.
New report warns of connected-car security dangers
Securing the connected, smart and increasingly autonomous cars of tomorrow against hackers and online criminals will only get harder, warns the Cloud Security Alliance.
U.S. oil and gas companies are 'still trying to catch up' on cybersecurity, experts say
Digital systems and internet networks belonging to U.S. oil and gas companies have increasingly come under attack from hackers in recent years, experts tell CyberScoop.
BlackBerry hires former Coast Guard CIO for cyber center
The new center "will be a single touch point for agencies" across the whole range of company products and federal requirements, according to retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Robert Day
This Trump national security adviser wants to use encryption as a weapon
A powerful, newly appointed adviser to President-elect Donald Trump believes she has crafted the “ultimate” plan to punish Russia for its high-profile cyberattacks on U.S. political organizations and institutions. This supposed strategy would effectively weaken the Kremlin’s ability to censor internet content that is viewed, shared and created, domestically.
San Francisco transit hacker fails to extort victim, gets doxxed instead
After three days without payment, an unnerved hacker that infected computer systems with ransomware operated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency threatened to leak 30GB worth of sensitive data late Monday night. SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose is calling the hacker’s latest threat a bluff.
Malware targeting San Francisco transit may have been in wild at least 2 months, research shows
Ransomware used in a cyberattack that was disclosed over the weekend against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, or SFMTA, may be the mutated offspring of an older variant discovered by researchers in September, experts tell CyberScoop.
San Francisco's Muni system hit by ransomware
Computer systems tied to San Francisco's Muni public transportation lines were infected Saturday by ransomware, giving riders a free pass on the city's bus, train and trolley services.
U.S. debates how to protect cars from hackers
The U.S. government’s latest efforts to protect internet-connected cars and their passengers from hackers is being criticized by two senators who say the new voluntary guidelines don’t go nearly far enough.
New driverless car policy encourages security collaborations between rivals
Newly released guidelines published by the Department of Transportation, Tuesday, intend to guide the development and deployment of driverless cars. Proper cybersecurity measures remain a central concern for the U.S. government when it comes to autonomous vehicles, experts say. As part of the guidance, the DOT is making an early push to shape the cybersecurity standards of tomorrow that will ultimately protect future vehicles from hackers.
Volkswagen turns to Israeli cyber experts to launch new business
Volkswagen, an automobile manufacturer that is no stranger to the threats posed by hackers, is founding a specialized division to protect their next-generation vehicles from cyberattacks, the company announced Wednesday.
Could Uber be deemed critical infrastructure?
The president's cybersecurity commission is weighing changes to the way the U.S. government defines which industries are vital to the life of the nation — a move with potentially enormous legal and financial impact on the business sectors involved.
New DOJ group will investigate car hacking
A new unit within the Justice Department is investigating the threat of hackers targeting "smart" consumer appliances including cars and other internet-connected commercial products, according to a top department official.
Complexity problems growing worse, fed IT pros say
Complexity and budget constraints are the biggest problems faced by federal IT departments, according to a new survey.
International defense deal motivated by Russian hacking, experts say
Along Russia’s western border, a united, allied cybersecurity front — spanning multiple nations, intelligence agencies and spy networks — is gaining renewed support from Washington, according to a White House statement published last week.
Survey: U.S. insurers earned $1B in cyber premiums last year
U.S. insurers took in almost $1 billion in premiums last year for writing cybersecurity policies, according to new figures from credit analysts at Fitch Ratings.
100 million vehicles are vulnerable to hack that unlocks doors
Almost every car developed by Volkswagen group since 1995 carries a known vulnerability that is susceptible to cyberattacks, according to a research paper authored by researchers from the University of Birmingham and German engineering firm Kasper & Oswald.
This group's new guide wants to prevent your car from being hacked
The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Auto-ISAC — an information sharing organization at the center of the automobile industry’s efforts to improve vehicle cybersecurity — released new guidelines Friday for how manufacturers should approach digital security, including standards to disclose vulnerabilities and protect manufacturers’ supply chains.
Auto makers' ISAC out with cyber best practices guide
The Information Sharing and Analysis Council for the motor vehicle industry published a set of cybersecurity best practices Thursday.