In a busy congressional day for cybersecurity legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed several bills on Wednesday, targeting both software supply chain and telecommunication system security. One observer describes them as "a win-win for the government and U.S. citizens."
Dutch cybercrime police have a message for almost 30 users of an on-demand distributed denial-of-service site: We see what you're doing; now cut it out or we're going to arrest you. And not for the first time, the move shows police in Europe emphasizing ethical hacking pursuits instead for young adults.
In an effort to bolster endpoint protection within the U.S. government, the White House is ordering federal agencies to allow CISA to access existing deployments. It is also setting timelines for improving the protection of workstations, mobile phones and servers.
A congressional letter sent to the heads of four federal agencies expressed an urgent need for the Biden administration to continue combating ransomware. This includes a particular focus on the cryptocurrency infrastructure that is enabling these cyberattacks, four Democratic lawmakers say.
The U.S. Department of Justice said this week it will pursue government contractors that fail to report cybersecurity incidents. The department also announced the formation of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team to prosecute the misuse of virtual currencies.
Four federal agencies have been awarded $311 million to bolster the U.S. government's cyber defenses and address IT modernization challenges, according to the interagency board of the Technology Modernization Fund, a federal funding source, which made the announcement Thursday.
Cybersecurity and computer science experts testifying before Congress on Tuesday expressed concerns about their inability to access key social media data sets that could allow them to analyze and potentially counter the spread of misinformation.
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Lisa J. Pino - a former Department of Homeland Security official charged with mitigating the massive 2015 cyberattack on Office of Personnel Management - as the new director of its HIPAA enforcement agency.
FBI Director Christopher Wray faced questions during a Senate hearing Tuesday concerning a published report that the bureau for almost three weeks withheld a decryption key that agents obtained from the ransomware gang that targeted software firm Kaseya.
A pair of House committees this week said they want to spend additional millions on cybersecurity by injecting funds into CISA and the FTC, as part of the debate over the Biden administration's $3.5 trillion budget proposal for 2022. Part of the money would help fulfill Biden's executive order.
The U.S. Department of Commerce this week announced the establishment of an artificial intelligence advisory committee set to counsel President Joe Biden and other federal agencies on issues ranging from privacy concerns to data security, along with global competition and inherent biases.
Nine months after discover of the attack that targeted SolarWinds and clients of its network monitoring tool, the incident continues to spur investigations into what happened. The SEC is reportedly probing those businesses involved, and lawmakers want answers about the breach of DOJ emails.
"Silence is gold." So says ransomware operator Ragnar Locker, as it attempts to compel victims to pay its ransom demand without ever telling anyone - especially not police. But some ransomware-battling experts have been advocating the opposite, including mandatory reporting of all ransom payments.
Despite a recent slowdown in incidents and some cybercriminals claiming they have stopped or abandoned ransomware attacks, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis says it's "too soon to tell," if the behavior of these groups has changed permanently or if they are waiting for an opportunity to return.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including improving federal agencies' cybersecurity and businesses recovering from the pandemic's impact.