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.

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BlackBerry hires former Coast Guard CIO for cyber center

by Shaun Waterman • 5 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 5 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 5 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 5 months ago

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

by Greg Otto • 5 months ago

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

by Patrick Howell O'Neill • 6 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 7 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 7 months ago

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?

by Shaun Waterman • 7 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 7 months ago

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

by Shaun Waterman • 8 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 8 months ago

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

by Shaun Waterman • 8 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 9 months ago

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

by Chris Bing • 9 months ago

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

by Shaun Waterman • 9 months ago

The Information Sharing and Analysis Council for the motor vehicle industry published a set of cybersecurity best practices Thursday.

Fiat Chrysler becomes first auto maker to offer bug bounty

by Shaun Waterman • 10 months ago

Auto giant Fiat Chrysler became the first major car manufacturer Wednesday to offer payments to hackers who find software flaws or other security vulnerabilities in their products, the company said.

Reps. want to study hacking connected cars

by Billy Mitchell • 1 year ago

A House Democrat introduced legislation this week pushing for a federal-lead study on the regulation of internet-connected vehicles.

Sen. Markey: Car ‘hacking’ could pose risk to drivers

by Billy Mitchell • 2 years ago

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., fears that even as Americans drive down the highway, they are vulnerable to the same prevalent privacy concerns and threats of hacking present elsewhere the digital age.