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Cybersecurity

January 18, 2019
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A massive leak of unprotected data on a server belonging to the Oklahoma Securities Commission was discovered in December 2018.

Three terabytes of data were leaked, including evidence from hundreds of FBI investigations. Details in the material gone walkabout included financial transactions, emails relating to cases as well as letters from witnesses. Also included were email archives spanning 17 years, thousands of social security numbers, and passwords for remote access to agency...

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January 9, 2019
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The ongoing shutdown of the U.S. Government has impacted federal cybersecurity according to several reports. The roughly 800,000 federal workers currently on furloughinclude:

45% of staff from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which is tasked with defending... Read More
January 3, 2019
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A cyberattack disrupted several major newspapers printed by Tribune Publishing shortly before New Year’s Day.

Print versions of the Chicago Tribute, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, West Coast editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and others were the suspected targets of Ryuk, a ransomware program that propagates through computer networks in order to take them offline. A similar attack disabled a North Carolina water utility in late 2018...

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January 2, 2019
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2019 will be the year consumers start thinking more about cyber hygiene, and the year Congress becomes more proactive in the areas of privacy and ...

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December 19, 2018
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The U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) falls short of critical cybersecurity standards, according to an audit issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General.

The report issued by the Inspector General’s office details several basic lapses in security protocols at five separate locations, including:

A lack of multifactor authentication to access BMDS technical information... Read More
December 18, 2018
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The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that exposed the information of up to 500 million guests was most likely conducted by Chinese state-affiliated hackers, according to a preliminary investigation.

Unnamed government sources for the New York Times and Washington Post familiar with the investigation of the breach have said that the methods utilized by the hackers, as well as the targeted data both suggest that the attacks are linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security....

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December 10, 2018
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Hackers stole tens of millions of dollars from Eastern European banks in a campaign called “DarkVishnya.” The method deployed by the hackers relied on devices connected at the physical location of the targets, rather than attempting to breach networks remotely.

There were several steps to the hack. The first step involved planting in the target banks a device. There types were used: a netbook or equivalent laptop, an inexpensive micro computer favored by hobbyists called a Raspberry...

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November 30, 2018
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Facebook has shuttered its so-called war room that was created to stop foreign interference in elections, according to a Bloomberg report.

The “room” is a metaphor. The project was comprised of 24 teams totaling 24,000 people, and was originally set up to review activity by foreign entities that tried to distribute misinformation ahead of this year’s U.S....

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November 30, 2018
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Marriott announced an enormous breach of the company’s reservations database that may have potentially exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 500 million guests.

If you’ve made reservations at the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels or anywhere else that operates on Marriott’s Starwood guest reservation database...

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November 9, 2018
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Whether or not you believe that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election seems to have entered the twilight zone, where the same shred of concrete evidence is simultaneously elevated to "indisputable fact" status by Trump detractors and questionable ...

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