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Cozy Bear Emerges from Hibernation to Hack EU Ministries
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The cyber-espionage group, linked to Russia and blamed for hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016, has been using covert communications and other techniques to escape detection for at least two years.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/17/2019
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When Using Cloud, Paranoia Can Pay Off
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Journalists are increasingly concerned about what cloud providers may access or share with governments - and companies should worry as well.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/14/2019
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Complex Environments Cause Schools to Struggle for Passing Security Grade
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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As ransomware attacks surge against school systems, an analysis of 1,200 K-12 institutions in North America shows complex environments and conflicting security controls.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 10/4/2019
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Cybersecurity Certification in the Spotlight Again
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Swiss technology non-profit group joins others, such as the Obama-era President's Commission, in recommending that certain classes of technology products be tested.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/27/2019
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Voting Machine Systems New & Old Contain 'Design' Flaws
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading
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DEF CON Voting Village organizers presented a final report on their findings at the Capitol.
By Kelly Jackson Higgins Executive Editor at Dark Reading, 9/26/2019
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Russia Chooses Resiliency Over Efficiency in Cyber Ops
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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New analysis of the software used by espionage groups linked to Russia finds little overlap in their development, suggesting that the groups are siloed.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/24/2019
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California's IoT Security Law Causing Confusion
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The law, which goes into effect January 1, requires manufacturers to equip devices with 'reasonable security feature(s).' What that entails is still an open question.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/19/2019
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Attackers Hit Ceiling in Ransomware Demands
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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New Bedford, Massachusetts' refusal to pay a $5.3 million ransom highlights how victim towns and cities may be hitting the limit to what they're willing to spend to speed recovery.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/5/2019
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Rising Fines Will Push Breach Costs Much Higher
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The cost of breaches will rise by two-thirds over the next five years, exceeding an estimated $5 trillion in 2024, primarily driven by higher fines as more jurisdictions punish companies for lax security.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/4/2019
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Bug Bounties Continue to Rise, but Market Has Its Own 1% Problem
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The average payout for a critical vulnerability has almost reached $3,400, but only the top bug hunters of a field of 500,000 are truly profiting.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/29/2019
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Fancy Bear Dons Plain Clothes to Try to Defeat Machine Learning
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
News
An analysis of a sample published by the US government shows Russian espionage group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, has stripped down its initial infector in an attempt to defeat ML-based defenses.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/28/2019
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Texas Towns Recover, but Local Governments Have Little Hope for Respite from Ransomware
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Their struggles underscore the difficulties for small towns in dealing with cyberattacks.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/22/2019
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Towns Across Texas Hit in Coordinated Ransomware Attack
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The state government and cybersecurity groups have mobilized to respond to a mass ransomware attack that simultaneously hit 22 different towns statewide.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/19/2019
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North Korean Cyber Ops Reportedly Stole $2B to Fund Weapons Programs
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Unlike many nations, North Korea often engages in cyber operations to generate much-needed cash for the country's coffers. In that respect, its hackers have been extremely successful.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/7/2019
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8 Head-Turning Ransomware Attacks to Hit City Governments
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer
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Hackers know vulnerable systems when they see them, and they also know this: Many government systems are decades old, running Windows 7 and even Windows XP.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 8/5/2019
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Cisco Pays $8.6M in First False Claims Suit for Vulnerabilities in Security Product
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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A security consultant reported vulnerabilities in Cisco's Video Surveillance Manager in 2009 but the company ignored the issues and fired the consultant.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/1/2019
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6 Actions That Made GDPR Real in 2019
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer
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In the wake of recent fines levied against British Airways, Marriott, and Facebook, companies are starting to take data privacy and security more seriously.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 7/22/2019
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US Mayors Commit to Just Saying No to Ransomware
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The group of more than 1,400 top elected municipal officials takes the admirable, recommended stance against paying ransoms. However, can towns and cities secure their information technology infrastructure to withstand attacks?
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 7/16/2019
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US Military Warns Companies to Look Out for Iranian Outlook Exploits
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Microsoft patched a serious vulnerability in the Microsoft Outlook client in 2017, but an Iranian group continues to exploit the flaw.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 7/3/2019
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Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Satellite & Space Systems
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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As nation-states and rogue actors increasingly probe critical infrastructure, policy and technology experts worry that satellite and space systems are on the front lines.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 7/2/2019
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