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Cyberscoop 12/11/2019 13:32
One of the U.S. government’s most influential cybersecurity officials is heading to Google. Jeanette Manfra will take a job at the tech giant’s cloud division in January after leaving her post as assistant director for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security. Manfra will be global director of security and compliance as part of a new security team at Google Cloud, the company said in a statement to CyberScoop. She will help lead a new “Office of the CISO” initiative at Google Cloud to bolster security with Cloud customers, the company said. “She will lend her considerable experience in cybersecurity toward helping our customers, particularly those in regulated industries, build and maintain the highest levels of security and tru.
Cyberscoop 12/10/2019 18:01
It looks like the judge presiding over the case of a former Central Intelligence Agency employee accused of providing U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is out of patience. Judge Paul Crotty of the U.S. Southern District of New York declared in a court filing Monday that the trial of Joshua Schulte will begin on Feb. 3, 2020, nearly a month after the anticipated Jan. 12 trial start and three months after the previously scheduled date of Nov. 4, 2019. The decision comes after a long series of delays from Schulte’s defense attorneys, who have argued they needed the court to add another lawyer to the defense, and that they failed to understand some of the government’s allegations against Schulte despite repeated explanations from prosecutors. Schulte’s.
Cyberscoop 12/10/2019 16:01
Researchers have found no less than seven vulnerabilities in a popular Amazon-owned security camera that, if exploited, would turn the device into a playground for malicious hackers. An attacker who took advantage of one or more of the flaws found by cybersecurity company Tenable could obtain audio or video from the camera or conscript the device into a botnet to conduct denial-of-service attacks, Tenable said. The camera in question is the Blink XT2, a popular consumer device that comes with cloud storage. By picking apart the camera’s application programming interface, the researchers figured out how that system controls the device, and how it can be abused. The vulnerabilities, for which Amazon has issued fixes, vary in severity and the
Cyberscoop 12/10/2019 10:00
Facebook is not giving in to Department of Justice demands on weakening encryption, according to a new letter the company sent to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on Monday. “Cybersecurity experts have repeatedly proven that when you weaken any part of an encrypted system, you weaken it for everyone, everywhere,” Will Cathcart, vice president and head of WhatsApp, and Stan Chudnovsky, vice president and head of Facebook Messenger, wrote in the letter, which CyberScoop acquired. “The ‘backdoor’ access you are demanding for law enforcement would be a gift to criminals, hackers and repressive regimes, creating a way for them to enter our systems and leaving every person on our platforms more v.
Cyberscoop 12/09/2019 15:37
A suspected Russian hacking campaign that’s resulted in attacks against Ukrainian military and government agencies also has affected journalists, law enforcement and nongovernmental organizations, according to new findings. Gamaredon, a hacking group that has been active since 2013 and mostly haunted Ukrainian government targets, has broadened its reach within that country, the threat intelligence company Anomali said in research published Dec. 5. Anomali did not identify any Gamaredon targets by name, other than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and said it remains unclear if attackers successfully have breached the targeted people and organizations. The attempted attacks were ongoing as of Dec. 6 after beginning in mid-September, Anomali s.
Cyberscoop 12/09/2019 12:56
The Republican National Committee is relying on authentication tools and careful social media behavior in order to avoid a devastating data breach like the kind that derailed its democratic counterparts in 2016. The RNC, which develops and promotes the party’s platform and currently supports the President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, is banking on Duo Security, which specializes in multi-factor authentication, to keep state-sponsored hackers out of party accounts, according to recent Federal Election Commission filings. Even if a user’s password credentials are stolen, an extra layer of authentication can ensure that only the legitimate account holder could access his or her communications. Since March of this year, the RNC has paid.
Cyberscoop 12/09/2019 09:30
A company that sells content management software and services exposed data on 477,000 media contacts, including 35,000 hashed user passwords, to the public internet. In October, iPRsoftware, a U.S.-based company that specializes in software that manages and disseminates company public relations and marketing, was discovered to be exposing the data along with administrative system credentials and assorted documents. Among the documents were marketing materials for client companies, as well as credentials for the company’s Google and Twitter accounts and a MongoDB hosting provider. Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard, first contacted the company about the exposure in October. Despite the company’s acknowledgement of the
Cyberscoop 12/09/2019 08:00
Editor’s Note: It seems like the entire cybersecurity sector has something to say about what the future holds for 2020. But what do the computers themselves think? Kelly Shortridge, VP of product security at Capsule8, forced a bot to read more than 1,000 cyber security predictions for 2020 and then asked it to write predictions of its own. Here is the result. The article is all generated through Markov chains and is only super lightly edited for clarity. Intro The year 2020 indicates more years. The year 2020 expects to showcase more budgets and detecting weird things and anomalies. 2020 will very likely bring a greater risk. There is a lot of skepticism that has existed for years, but in 2020 we will have to consider that top security conf.
Cyberscoop 12/06/2019 10:10
Amy Hess has spent nearly three decades at the FBI, rising to become the highest-ranking woman in the bureau and head of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Now, she’s heading to Louisville, Kentucky, where, starting in February, she will be chief of public services, overseeing things like emergency services and public works. Mayor Greg Fischer announced Hess’s appointment last month in a statement picked up by local media but little noticed inside the Beltway. It is a homecoming of sorts for Hess, who previously served as special agent in charge in the FBI’s Louisville field office. It was not immediately clear who would replace Hess as head of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. CyberScoop has asked request.
Cyberscoop 12/06/2019 08:06
Huawei is suing the Federal Communications Commission over a measure passed last month that limits the Chinese telecommunication firm’s ability to conduct business in the U.S. The suit, filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Huawei’s headquarters in Texas, involves the FCC’s recent decision to designate Huawei as a security risk.
Cyberscoop 12/05/2019 15:01
Facebook is taking action against two Chinese nationals and a Hong Kong advertising firm for allegedly using the social media platform to distribute malware, then push misleading advertisements to try to make money. The lawsuit filed Thursday in the Northern District California accuses ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd. and two individuals, Chen Xiao Cong and Huang Tao, of involvement with a scheme to dupe users into downloading malware. Then, the suit states, conspirators would use hacked accounts to advertise counterfeit goods and diet pills. Since April, Facebook has been notifying hundreds of thousands of users that their accounts may have been compromised by the scheme and instructing them to change their passwords, according to
Cyberscoop 12/05/2019 10:57
U.S. prosecutors have charged two Russian nationals, including one member of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, in connection with two years-long hacking and fraud campaigns that resulted in the theft of millions of dollars from American organizations. The Department of Justice charged Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev with involvement in the development and distribution of the malicious software known as Bugat. Bugat is a predecessor to Dridex, a banking malware strain that has haunted international victims for more than eight years, while prosecutors said Yakubets also was involved with Zeus, another pernicious hacking tool. Both suspects remain at large in Russia. Prosecutors unsealed the indictment against Yakubets and Turashev in conjunctio.
Cyberscoop 12/05/2019 09:27
Scammers fleeced a Chinese venture capital firm out of a $1 million payment meant for a startup by using malicious emails to steal the cash, according to new findings from Check Point Technologies. As part of the scheme, thieves posed as employees from an Israeli company hoping to raise seed funding from Chinese venture capitalists. By using email addresses that appeared remarkably similar to the actual startup, thieves posed as real Israeli employees in communications with an account manager at the Chinese investment firm. It was only after the $1 million payment went through when the actual startup realized it hadn’t received its payment, and the Chinese VC firm began to understand it’s money was gone. Check Point did not identify either
Cyberscoop 12/04/2019 11:03
IBM’s security experts said Wednesday they have uncovered previously unknown malware developed by Iranian hackers that was used in a data-wiping attack against unnamed energy and industrial organizations the Middle East. The newfound malware, dubbed ZeroCleare, “spread to numerous devices on the affected network, sowing the seeds of a destructive attack that could affect thousands of devices and cause disruption that could take months to fully recover from,” Limor Kessem, an Israel-based analyst with IBM’s X-Force incident response team, wrote in a blog post. The discovery adds to years of evidence that hackers linked to the Iranian government have developed and deployed data-destroying code against multiple targets in the Middle East. Secu.
Cyberscoop 12/03/2019 19:00
A candidate for office from the United Kingdom’s Labour Party says Russian hackers sent him malware-laced email in what he deemed a “sophisticated” attack. Ben Bradshaw, who has spoken up about Russian interference in British politics, revealed Tuesday that he had received a suspicious email purporting to be from a Russian whistleblower. Cyber & security experts I consulted found a mysterious email I received from a Kremlin “whistleblower” last week contained sophisticated malware. Reported to the @NCSC. Still waiting for publication of that #RussiaReport, Johnson. #ReleaseTheRussianReport — Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) December 3, 2019 The email included a ruse that used the signature of a Russian envoy and PowerPoi.

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