Building List of Cyber Countermeasures Said to be Among Top Priorities of Incoming NSA Director

The incoming director of the National Security Agency will be facing nearly unprecedented threats in the cyber realm from nations such as Russia and China, as well as non-state terror actors like ISIS. Those threats will include not just cyber-espionage …

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Congressional Leaders Unveil $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill 48 Hours Before Government Set to Shut Down

Congressional leaders unveiled a massive $1.3 trillion budget that will keep the government funded through the end of September. Negotiations had been going on for weeks and leadership from both parties announced they reached a deal last night. The catch …

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Russian Hackers Attacked the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Sought to Blame North Korea

Russian military hackers launched a cyberattack against hundreds of South Korean computers in an effort to disrupt the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics being held in PyeongChang.  The attacks resulted in interruptions to internet and broadcast services, as well …

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North Korean Government on Verge of Expanding Cyber-Espionage Operations, Security Firm Says

A cybersecurity firm in California, FireEye, has concluded with high confidence that a North Korean cyber-espionage group known as APT37 has expanded its operations in both scope and sophistication, and that it’s working on behalf of the North Korean government, …

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NBC News Publishes Database of 200,000 Tweets Connected to Russian Fake Accounts

NBC News has published a list of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has said emanated from Russian-linked accounts trying to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  The tweets contain inflammatory messaging and focus on divisive, partisan issues …

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House of Representatives Passes Bill Compelling State Department to Fortify Ukraine’s Cybersecurity

The House of Representatives passed legislation that bolsters cybersecurity cooperation between the U.S. and Ukraine.  The bill compels the State Department to provide support to Ukraine in fortifying its government networks and critical infrastructure.

The bill passed with an overwhelming …

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Justice Department Takes Down Massive Cybercrime Ring That Made Estimated $530 Million Over 7 Years

The Justice Department announced charges against thirty-six individuals in part of a massive bust of cyber criminals yesterday.  The ring allegedly stole identities, credit card information, social security numbers and other personal information through an online discussion forum.

Deputy …

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DHS Confirms 21 State Voting Systems Were Targeted by Hackers in 2016, Some Had Their Voter-Roll Systems Breached

The head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security Jeanette Manfra confirmed today that a significant number of U.S. states had their voter registration rolls targeted by hackers during the 2016 election.  A number of states actually had …

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Tillerson Suggests Forming a Single Office at the State Department Focused Solely on Cyber Issues

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing combining two separate cyber security offices at the State Department into a single group that will focus on a range of cyber-related issues.  The Office of the Cybersecurity Coordinator and the Bureau of …

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National Security Officials Debate Whether Nationalizing 5G Wireless Network is Critical to Defending Against China, Other Bad Actors

National security officials in the Trump administration are pushing for the building of a government-led 5G wireless network.  Officials say it is necessary to act as a counterweight to Chinese advances in technology.

A strong 5G network is required …

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“Fancy Bear” Now Targeting US Senate, Olympics, Cyber Research Firm Says

A cyber research firm believes the same Russian hackers that attacked the Democratic Party’s computer servers are now targeting the U.S. Senate.  The firm, Trend Micro Inc, believes the Russian group, known as Fancy Bear to national security professionals, is …

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