Australia urged to follow Biden’s lead on cyber attacks | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Assistant Minister for Defence Andrew Hastie backed the Biden administration’s focus on cybercrime and ransomware. “Australian agencies have strong international partnerships – and they regularly partner with their counterparts in the US to disrupt cybercrime and terrorist activities online and will continue to do so to keep Australians safe online,”…

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How Russian threats in the 2000s turned this country into the go-to expert on cyber defense | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

When people like the German Chancellor Angela Merkel or the King of Belgium want to learn more about cybersecurity, they go to Estonia. The Baltic country runs on the internet. From filing taxes and voting, to registering the birth of a new baby, nearly everything a person might want or…

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Biden’s vow of digital reprisals against Russia draws skepticism | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

But while many lawmakers and experts applauded the president for giving clear no-go zones to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s unclear if Biden delivered a message that will hold any purchase in Moscow. Even though Biden made it clear there need to be some “rules of the road” both countries…

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Biden-Putin Meeting: U.S. President Should Be Bold on Cyber Warfare | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

President Joe Biden has spent his political career steeped in, and observant of, the rituals of global diplomacy. President Vladimir Putin of Russia, a former intelligence operative, deploys statecraft as a blunt instrument.  Biden should swap ritual for realpolitik after the two leaders meet in Geneva on Wednesday to review…

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It’s well past time for strategic defenses and counterpunches on cybersecurity | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

No future American president should ever be placed in Joe Biden’s unenviable position in Geneva this past week, meeting with an adversary capable of exploiting critical U.S. vulnerabilities in cyberspace for all the world to see. During the past year, the United States has shown itself largely impotent in trying…

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Targeting India’s government organisations and critical infrastructures | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

A US Cyber Security firm known as the Recorded Future in a study has revealed the worrisome dimension of increasing cyber espionage and intelligence collection activities as also cyber-attacks on critical infrastructures by a group identified as RedFoxtrot, which is linked with the PLA Unit 69010. The specialised cyber-attack Unit…

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Alaska Life Hack: Canadian border closure extended again, until late July | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Canada has extended its border restriction with the United States until at least July 21. According to Canada’s public safety minister, the action was coordinated with the United States, which has now opened up its economy after the lengthy shutdown in 2020 and early 2021, due to the Covid-19 virus…

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State, Local Governments Highlight Cybersecurity Funding Needs | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Budget strains leave cyber defense goals identified but unadopted at state, local and county levels, where successful attacks could down 911 call centers, halt school classes and disrupt water systems and waste treatment, speakers said during a Senate hearing yesterday. Lawmakers convening the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on…

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Recent Rise in Cyber Hacks Prompts Value of UniversIT Training – MeriTalk | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

If 2020 was the year of the pandemic, then 2021 is shaping up as the year of the Big Hack. From the SolarWinds breach uncovered in December, through the Microsoft Exchange attack, the Colonial Pipeline shutdown, and the JBS ransomware assault, adversaries are more audacious that never. At the same…

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Cyber Attacks Increasing In Illinois | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Recent ransomware attacks have been making national headlines, but criminals have been targeting Illinois as well. According to the U.S. Government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Assurance Agency, “Ransomware is an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them…

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Lawmakers Urge Private Sector to Do More on Cybersecurity | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

The private sector in the U.S. must do more to defend against cyberattacks, lawmakers from both major parties stressed Thursday as several senators introduced legislation designed to target hackers. The ransomware incident that brought operations at Colonial Pipeline Co. to a standstill for six days starting May 7, and resulted…

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Federal CISO DeRusha: FISMA report details a key part of cyber roadmap | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Agencies faced 30,819 cyber incidents in fiscal 2020, an 8% increase over the previous year. Email phishing and website authentication continue to be among the biggest attack vectors hackers are using to get to agency networks and data. But despite this escalation and ever-growing challenge, the annual Federal Information Security…

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Senate bill to require hack reports within 24 hours and punish violators | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

A bipartisan Senate bill would require federal contractors, critical infrastructure operators and digital security firms to report cyberattacks to the government within 24 hours or face the loss of their contracts and financial penalties. The legislation from Senate Intelligence Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.), ranking Republican Marco Rubio of Florida and…

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Biden’s Cyber Red Line Is Prime for Putin Challenge, Experts Say | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

(Bloomberg) — The summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin left two things clear: Russia is almost sure to test Biden’s resolve on cyberattacks, and the U.S. president may find his red line with his Russian counterpart difficult to enforce. In a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, Biden said he…

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Russian hackers breached Dutch police systems during MH17 probe | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Russia-linked cyber actors breached the computer systems of the Dutch national police in 2017 when the authorities were conducting an investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH-17). The Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant first reported the news last week, revealing that the breach was discovered by the Dutch…

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Vigilante malware versus piracy? Phishing with hardware. Commercial data breaches. A crypter is convicted. | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities ‘Ferocious Kitten’: the cyberspies preying on Iranian web users (France 24) For years “Ferocious Kitten” has been harvesting information from Iranian web users, while remaining undetected by cybersecurity firms. Its espionage tools are ideally suited for domestic surveillanc… Russian hackers breached Dutch police systems during MH17…

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Russia’s Responsibility for the Hack on the US Pipeline Under International Law – JURIST – Commentary | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

Todd Carney, a graduate of Harvard Law School, evaluates the potential liability of Russia for the recent cyber-attack on the US pipeline using the Articles of State Responsibility under international law… In May 2021, a major American energy pipeline faced a massive cyber-attack that caused the US to lose 1.2…

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How PAM Can Protect Feds From Third Party/Service Account Cyber Attacks – MeriTalk | #government | #hacking | #cyberattack

For decades, Federal chief information security officers (CISOs) focused on protecting a traditional perimeter and the users within. Today, however, they recognize that there are a seemingly endless number of third-party partners, vendors, and customer accounts, as well as service accounts – accounts which are either not directly tied to…

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