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News Roundup: American officials say Russians behind DNC hack

American officials say Russians behind DNC hack

U.S. intelligence agencies have “high confidence” that the Russian government instigated the hack of the Democratic National Committee. Stolen emails were released by WikiLeaks, whose founder, Julian Assange, has said he does not want Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election. It is unclear how the documents made their way to the group. Stealing information about another country’s political infighting is hardly new, and the United States has conducted covert collection from allies like Germany and adversaries like Russia for decades. Publishing the documents—what some have called “weaponizing” them—is a different issue. Source: The New York Times

Trump asks Russians to hack Clinton

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Russia to hack opponent Hillary Clinton’s emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing,” Trump said, referring to the more than 30,000 purportedly personal emails that Clinton deleted from a private email server that she was using when she was secretary of state. Source: Slate

Hackers’ tool sniffs out your keyboard strokes

Security firm Bastille is warning of a new wireless keyboard attack they’re calling Keysniffer. The technique allows any hacker with a $12 radio device to intercept the connection between any of eight wireless keyboards and a computer from 250 feet away. The hack gives attackers the ability to both type keystrokes on a victim machine and silently record the target’s typing. Source: Wired

Checking in on another hotel hack: Kimpton

Kimpton Hotels is investigating reports of a possible payment card data breach. It advised guests to monitor their card statements for unauthorized charges. The chain operates 62 hotels across the United States with a total of 11,153 rooms available. Source: PC World

These hackers might have your vote

The Illinois’ Voter Registration System, IVRS, is down after officials discovered a security breach. A look-up field that allowed voters to find out if they already were registered to vote, and at which address, could have allowed hackers access to the system. Source: State Scoop

Medical center fined in health data breach

The Department of Health and Human Services hit the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a $2.75 million fine over a health data breach. The penalty is for a series of alleged privacy and security violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act related to a password-protected laptop that went missing from the hospital’s intensive care unit. Source: The Hill

Calling on the feds to lead cyber investigations

The FBI will lead the government’s initial response to cyber attacks against it and major organizations and companies. The White House directive also clarifies the roles of other agencies in cybersecurity breaches and attacks. The Department of Homeland Security will coordinate help for victims, including helping companies find adversaries on corporate networks. Source: The Wall Street Journal

You young ‘uns better pay closer attention

Millennials are more vulnerable to scams than baby boomers, according to research by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust. Marketplace scams affect one in four North American households each year at an estimated loss to individuals and families of $50 billion. Source: WJXT, Jacksonville, Florida

Ransomware becoming an even bigger threat

Cisco Systems has declared ransomware the most profitable type of malware attack in history. The problem of hackers demanding ransoms from individuals and businesses targeted by their malware attacks in return for decrypting their infected files is only likely to get worse. In one case, hackers targeted 90,000 victims per day and netted an estimated $34 million annually in their operation. Source: U.S. News and World Report

That shield won’t be cracked for at least a year

The European Commission says Privacy Shield, an EU-US data privacy agreement that allows companies like Facebook and Twitter to move EU data to U.S. servers, will not be challenged until its first annual review, due next summer. This effectively gives the agreement a yearlong stay of execution, at least as far as the 28 data protection authorities that cover Europe are concerned. Source: Engadget

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