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Russian “government hackers” charged with cybercrimes by the US

byNaked Security writerYou’ve probably seen the news that six Russians, allegedly employed by the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, better known as the GRU, have been charged with cybercrimes by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).The DOJ alleges that the defendants, all men, “caused damage and disruption to computer networks worldwide, inclu
Publish At:2020-10-20 14:00 | Read:58 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government security Malware Cybercrime doj GRU NotPetya cybe

Facial recognition – another setback for law enforcement

byPaul DucklinSo far this year, the use of facial recognition by law enforcement has been successfully challenged by courts and legislatures on both sides of the Atlantic.In the US, for example, Washington State Senate Bill 6280 appeared in January 2020, and proposed curbing the use of facial recognition in the state, though not entirely. The bill admitted t
Publish At:2020-08-11 15:33 | Read:258 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government security Law & order Privacy AFR Locate Clearview

Kinda sorta weakened version of EARN IT Act creeps closer

byLisa VaasThere are gut-churning tales of online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Last week, when a bill designed to strip legal protection from online abusers sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, UC/Berkeley Professor Hany Farid passed on this example from investigators at the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section:
Publish At:2020-07-08 08:00 | Read:370 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptography Government security Law & order #nobackdoors Ba

‘Anonymous’ takes down Atlanta Police Dept. site after police shooting

byLisa VaasFollowing Friday’s fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks – a 27-year-old Black man who fell asleep in a fast-food drive-in lane in Atlanta and was shot while running from police who tried to tase him – hackers affiliating themselves with the Anonymous hacktivist collective may have briefly taken down the website for the city&#
Publish At:2020-06-16 14:48 | Read:501 | Comments:0 | Tags:Denial of Service Government security Law & order Security t

Nuclear missile contractor hacked in Maze ransomware attack

byLisa VaasThe US is protected by what’s known as a nuclear triad: a three-pronged attack force that consists of land-launched nuclear missiles, nuclear missiles on submarines, and aircraft equipped with nuclear bombs and missiles.One of the triad’s legs – the land-based LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – has
Publish At:2020-06-04 08:45 | Read:549 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data loss Government security Ransomware Security threats ba

US offers up to $5m reward for information on North Korean hackers

byLisa VaasKnow anything about North Korean hackers and their activities in cyberspace, past or ongoing?The US on Wednesday said that it’s got up to $5 million in Rewards for Justice money if you cough up useful details, which you can do here.The FBI and the Departments of State, Treasury, and Homeland Security (DHS) put out an advisory about the persi
Publish At:2020-04-17 07:07 | Read:760 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cryptocurrency Government security Law & order Security thre

Russia’s FSB wanted its own IoT botnet

byDanny BradburyIf you thought the Mirai botnet was bad, what about a version under the control of Russia’s military that it could point like an electronic cannon at people it didn’t like? That’s the prospect we could face after the reported emergence of secret Russian project documents online last week.The documents, which come from hackin
Publish At:2020-03-24 09:55 | Read:848 | Comments:0 | Tags:Botnet Denial of Service Government security IoT Machine Lea

Homeland Security sued over secretive use of face recognition

byLisa VaasThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over its failure to cough up details about its use of facial recognition at airports.Along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the powerful civil rights group filed the suit in New York on Thursday. Besides the DHS, the suit was also filed against US
Publish At:2020-03-13 08:48 | Read:969 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government security Law & order ACLU airports American Civil

Now you need a notarized document to get a .gov domain

byDanny BradburyThe US government is tightening its rules around the registration of government web domains to stop fraudsters impersonating government sites, it emerged last week.The Federal government’s General Service Administration (GSA) is responsible for the DotGov program, which handles registration of .gov domains. From tomorrow, 10 March 2020,
Publish At:2020-03-09 08:17 | Read:775 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government security Security threats Cybersecurity and Infra

Ethical hackers swarm Pentagon websites

byDanny BradburyHackers are crawling all over the US Department of Defense’s websites. Don’t worry, though: they’re white hats, and DoD officials are quite happy about the whole thing.Four years after it first invited white hat hackers to start hacking its systems, the Pentagon continues asking them to do their worst – and a report re
Publish At:2020-03-05 09:26 | Read:647 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government security Security threats bug bounties Bug Bounty

US and UK call out Russian hackers for Georgia attacks

byDanny BradburyThe US and UK governments have both accused Russia of launching a cyber attack against the Georgian government last year. The attacks, mounted on 28 October 2019, came from Russia’s notorious GRU military intelligence unit, according to announcements from the US State Department and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre.This is
Publish At:2020-02-21 10:23 | Read:807 | Comments:0 | Tags:Government security Security threats Georgia GRU nation stat

Federal CISOs Propose New Efforts to Shore Up Cybersecurity

Nearly six months removed from the OPM hack and with many government departments still reeling when it comes to security, several federal chief information security officers volunteered a handful of new ideas at last week’s Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C to combat future hacks and improve overall security in the private sector.One f
Publish At:2015-09-22 18:05 | Read:3159 | Comments:0 | Tags:Compliance Data Breaches Government Hacks Billington Cyberse

With MAMA, U.S. Air Force Aiming to Raise Cyber Awareness on Networks

The United States Air Force is attempting to enhance what the military service branch is calling cyber situational awareness in order to contend with “increasingly sophisticated” threats to its networks and systems.The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate announced it was soliciting white papers for a new program, dubbed MAMA, “Mission Awa
Publish At:2014-09-16 09:00 | Read:2777 | Comments:0 | Tags:Compliance Government Vulnerabilities Air Force government s

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