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Public, election officials may be kept in the dark on hacks

“Some election officials could be hesitant about public disclosures, concerned their agencies would be portrayed in a negative light” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Federal officials believe Russian agents in 2016 searched for vulnerabilities within election systems in all 50 states.The public still doesn’t know which Florida counties were breached by Russian agents in the 2016 election. Source: seattletimes.com

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carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities

“The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which denied involvement in the strike” writes Min Read for reuters.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Tehran, two U.S. officials have told Reuters.Tensions with Iran have been high since the Sept. 14 attack.The attack highlights how President Donald Trump’s administration has been trying to…

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Europol: Crypto-Ransomware Remains Most Prominent Cyber Attack

“Law enforcement succeeded in bringing down the ring, which sold fake notes on the dark web in return for Bitcoin (BTC)” writes Joeri Cant for cointelegraph.com. On Oct. 9, Europol presented its IOCTA report of the cybercrime threat landscape.The report adds: Europol further points out that different entities within the cryptocurrency ecosystem could be perceived as profitable targets for cybercriminals. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Jerez de la Frontera Under Attack by BTC Cyber Thief

“The computer network of Jerez de la Frontera has been locked up by a malicious actor who is demanding bitcoins in exchange for loosening his or her hold on the system” writes Nick Marinoff for livebitcoinnews.com. As we have seen in the crypto world, nobody is safe from crypto-based ransomware, and in the case of one Spanish city – Jerez de la Frontera – that lesson is being learned all over again.The attack first began on Tuesday night with what were deemed small outages of the town’s website.Crypto ransomware has…

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Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has been target of more cyber attacks, but security upgrades blocked them

“Additional staff was added to the computer security teams and additional training was provided to employees” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has spent nearly $2 million on upgrading computer security since a malware attack in April took down message boards in the terminal for about a week.The problems had no impact on flights or airport security, according to the city.Computer attacks have become a serious issue for governments across the country. Source: cleveland.com

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3rd Arab Security Conference to kick off in Cairo on 22, 23 September

“Moreover, several Egyptian and international companies which are interested in information security are sponsoring the conference, because of its paramount importance in protecting our national and Arab security” writes Daily News Egypt for dailynewssegypt.com. The conference will also include some competitions for young people who are interested in cyber-hacking during the final phase of the Arab Security Cyber Wargames Championship.The conference is headed by Bahaa Hassan, and it will discuss many issues that are affected by information security including digital economy, cybercrime, cyber flexibility, digital forensics, aviation cybersecurity, cyberspace security,…

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Why Companies Are Forming Cybersecurity Alliances

“Unless cooperation, between companies as well as between companies and countries, becomes the norm, global cybersecurity is unlikely to improve” reports hbr.org. That’s why, over the last few years, tech-focused companies have begun entering into cybersecurity alliances and pacts with one another.Others (the normative alliances) are explicitly aimed at changing the ways companies deal with cybersecurity vulnerabilities and renegotiating the social contract between states and their citizens.When it comes to cybersecurity and cyber attacks, most governments have spent much more time increasing their offensive capabilities than protecting companies and individuals.In…

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The potential for a ‘miscalculated’ enemy cyberattack keeps me up at night, warns Pentagon cyber chief

“If there is one thing that keeps the Pentagon’s cyber chief up at night, it’s the potential for an enemy to “miscalculate” a cyberattack that creates much more damage than is intended” reports washingtonexaminer.com. When asked what kept him up at night, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy Ed Wilson told members of Congress it was the possibility for an enemy to miscalculate an attack.The initial outbreak occurred in May 2017 and would eventually affect more than 300,000 computer systems across the world. “Due to the difficulty of…

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The Digital Cyber Security Paradox

“The digital paradox is the inherent conflict between business advantage and deep asset exposure to bad actor control” reports wordpress.com. They were among the most devastating cyber attacks of all time.Maybe they’ll take out cyber attack insurance.A recent theCUBE panel on IIoT and cyber war concluded that the bad guys were already in your network.Think you can hire and spend your way to the top with your existing security stack?.  Source: wordpress.com

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