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Former US State Department cyber man: We didn’t see the Russian threat coming

Black Hat Cyber threats have evolved from been a solely technical issues to core issues of government policy, according to a senior US lawyer and former cyber diplomat. Chris Painter, former co-ordinator for cyber issues at the US State Department, told delegates at the Black Hat EU conference that cyber issues have emerged as a core …
John Leyden, 6 Dec 2017
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Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

Microsoft president Brad Smith appeared before the UN in Geneva to talk about the growing problem of nation-state cyber attacks on Thursday. Smith, also Redmond's chief legal officer, last month publicly accused North Korea of the WannaCry ransomware attack. During the UN session on internet governance challenges, Smith made …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2017

UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

The UK government has joined Microsoft in blaming North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attack. Security minister Ben Wallace appeared on BBC Radio4's flagship Today programme on Friday morning to blame North Korea for the infamous ransomware attack that disrupted the operation of one in three NHS Trusts in England as well …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2017

Hop on, Average Rabbit: Latest extortionware menace flopped

As the dust settles from Tuesday's Bad Rabbit ransomware outbreak, it's already clear that it is far less severe than the WannaCrypt and NotPetya infections from earlier this year. Bad Rabbit claimed notable victims including the media agency Interfax and was largely contained in Russia and Ukraine, as previously reported. …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2017

Watership downtime: BadRabbit encrypts Russian media, Ukraine transport hub PCs

Updated Computers at Russian media outlets and Ukraine's transport hubs were among Windows PCs infected and shut down today by another fast-spreading strain of ransomware. Corporate systems within Interfax and two other major Russian news publishers had their files encrypted and held to ransom by malware dubbed BadRabbit. In Ukraine, …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2017

'We've nothing to hide': Kaspersky Lab offers to open up source code

Russian cybersecurity software flinger Kaspersky Lab has offered to open up its source code for third-party review. The firm's Global Transparency Initiative is in response to moves to ban the use of its technology on US government systems by the Department of Homeland Security over concerns of alleged ties with the Russian …
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2017

North Korean hackers allegedly probing US utilities for weaknesses

Hackers believed to be from North Korea are casing out US electric companies in preparation for a possible cyber attack – so says security firm FireEye. "FireEye devices detected and stopped spear phishing emails sent on Sept. 22, 2017, to US electric companies by known cyber threat actors likely affiliated with the North …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2017
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European Commission proposes more powers for EU's infosec agency

The European Commission has proposed an expansion in the role of ENISA, the EU's cybersecurity agency. During his State of the Union speech on Wednesday, Jean-Claude Juncker outlined plans to widen ENISA's remit through a Cybersecurity Act. Under a revised mandate, ENISA would be tasked with introducing an EU-wide …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2017

NCC hires three Bank of England cyber experts to beef up assurance business

Three of the Bank of England’s cyber specialists have joined NCC Group to lead a newly established threat assurance unit at the UK-based security consultancy firm. In their new roles within NCC’s new Centre for Evolved Next-generation Threat Assurance (CENTA), Phillip Larbey, Anthony Long and Fiona Paterson will be advising …
John Leyden, 15 Sep 2017

China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

China's new cybersecurity law will enable its government to discover potential security vulnerabilities of any company doing business in the country, threat intelligence firm Recorded Future warns. The law grants the China Information Technology Evaluation Center (CNITSEC), an office in the Ministry of State Security (MSS), …
John Leyden, 1 Sep 2017
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Best Korea fingered for hacks against Bitcoin exchanges in South

North Korea has emerged as the prime suspect in recent Bitcoin exchange hacks in South Korea, with threat intel experts warning that more attacks on digital currency services and even mainstream banks are likely to follow. South Korea's Cyber Warfare Research Center reportedly believes that at least one Bitcoin exchange was …
John Leyden, 30 Aug 2017
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Dutch Senate votes to grant intel agencies new surveillance powers

Plans by the Dutch government to increase surveillance powers are likely to face opposition from privacy activists. A revamp of the country's laws (in Dutch) was passed by the Senate on Wednesday, clearing the final legislative hurdle after years of debate and protest, Reuters reports. The new Intelligence and Security Act …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2017
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NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that “cyber” is a “military domain” – and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5. Article 5 of the Washington Treaty that establishes NATO embodies the principle of collective …

US Secretary of State: Я буду работать с Россией по вопросам кибербезопасности

Analysis US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to work directly with Russia on cybersecurity and other issues. The proposed partnership is surprising, given the continued controversy over allegations that the Russians interfered with last year's US presidential election – a serious accusation at the center of …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017
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Russian hackers selling login credentials of UK politicians, diplomats – report

Russians hackers are trading the email addresses and passwords of top UK politicians and diplomats. The login credentials of thousands of British politicians, ambassadors and other top officials are getting traded on the dark net, The Times reports. Even though the data is old and in some ways past its sell-by date, it still …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017

NCC Group's profit hit by contract cancellations

NCC Group’s chairman Paul Mitchell said he would be stepping down as he UK cyber security consultancy announced a drop in profits on Thursday. The UK-based firm - which was hit by the cancellation of three large contracts and the deferral of a fourth - posted a dip in pre-tax profits from £7.5m in its previous year to £7.4m …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2017

GCHQ feeds first crop of infosec startups to Cyber Accelerator

The first infosec startups selected for the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator have been unveiled. The accelerator, which officially launches in Cheltenham later today, is part of a UK government-funded Cyber Innovation Centre. The tech crèche is designed to nurture information security startups to the point where they can compete on the …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2017

A year in infosec: Bears, botnets, breaches ... and elections

How often can we say that an IT blunder might have changed the course of world history? Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server whilst serving as outgoing US President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State became a key element in the US presidential election this year. The FBI investigation around Clinton’s use of a …
John Leyden, 26 Dec 2016

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