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

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, according to a report released by the firm today. FireEye says that APT37’s primary mission is covert intelligence gathering in support of North Korea’s military, political and economic interests.  The group had almost exclusively targeted South Korean government, military and…

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

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 in an effort to sow disunity and discord in U.S. society. Twitter submitted a list of 3,814 account names it believes were connected to Russian disinformation campaigns to Congress, last year.  The company has since suspended those accounts.  But in…

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

The Director of National Intelligence, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, said that the U.S. remains under Cyber attack and that the attacks are continuous.  “Frankly, the United States is under attack.  Under attack by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States,” Dan Coats said. “Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Dan Coats says. “Some of these actors, including Russia, are likely to pursue even more aggressive cyber attacks with…

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The Top Priority for Security Officials at the Winter Games May Be Cyber

The Top Priority for Security Officials at the Winter Games May Be Cyber

The Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are drawing an element from all over the world besides athletes: Cyber attackers.  Experts believe the biggest security threat to the Games may be virtual. Cyber criminals have long targeted Olympic Games.  At the Beijing, London and Brazil events, officials recorked millions of attempted attacks a day – some were successful.  They were mostly low-level scams involving the stealing of tickets or money.  But experts believe attacks at the games in South Korea…

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

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 bipartisan majority – the final vote was 404-3.  In addition to strengthening Ukraine’s networks, the bill also helps the country reduce its reliance on Russian technology, and to improve and expand its information sharing efforts.  The bill triggers new State…

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

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 Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki called the operation “the one-stop shop for cyber criminals worldwide.”  Officials estimate it made $530 million in illegal profits over a seven-year period.  “We have victims in all 50 states and throughout the world,” Rybicki said….

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

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 their systems breached. Manfra said she couldn’t discuss classified information publicly but said, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.” Asked whether there was any doubt that the hacking efforts originated from…

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

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 Economic Affairs’ Office of International Communications and Information Policy, would be combined into the Bureau for Cyberspace and the Digital Economy, under the proposal. “The combination of these offices in a new Bureau for Cyberspace and the Digital Economy will align existing…

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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 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 in order to create a secure pathway for state-of-the-art, and emerging technologies like self-driving cars and virtual reality.  It’s also vital to defend critical national infrastructure from threats from China.  They point to China’s One Belt One Road initiative meant to…

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

“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 laying the groundwork for an espionage campaign against the upper chamber of Congress this year. Feike Hacquebord, a researcher at Trend Micro, says he has discovered a cache of websites that have been built to look like the internal email…

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