Cyber Threats

Russian National Sentenced to Five Years For Aiding Malware Hacking

Aleksandr Grichishkin, 34, pleaded guilty to providing a server allowing cybercriminals temporary use of IP addresses to bypass security measures and exploit financial data.

Feds Warned to Look Out For Ransomware Grinches over the Holidays

Federal cybersecurity officials would prefer you keep your holidays a little more secure.

CISA Seeks Protective Email Service that Tracks Agencies’ Security Compliance

The agency is ramping up efforts to exercise its new authorities to hunt for threats across the .gov enterprise.

Commerce Proposes Third Party Audits as Criteria in Supply Chain Rule for Software

The Government Accountability Office says CISA should also update its approach to communications sector reliability by securing the supply chain for information and communications technology.

Report Shows Global Financial Giants Are at Risk of Cyberattacks

A new report by Constella Intelligence raises questions as to whether the sector is doing enough to protect itself.

White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware

The FBI has a prominent portal for entities to report cybersecurity incidents, but Congress is considering legislation that officials fear could change the current dynamic.

Government Watchdog Welcomes Treasury’s Data Collection on Cyber Insurance Claims

A Government Accountability Office report on the Treasury Department’s role in shaping the market for cybersecurity insurance is expected next spring.

NSA, CISA Say Industry Should Use Attestation Technology to Secure 5G Environments

The tech can provide evidence of compliance with configuration standards and detect anomalies in complex multi-tenant, multi-cloud computing architectures.

Pentagon Officials Rethinking Cyber's Role in National Defense Strategy

Cyber policy lead Mieke Eoyang discussed the Defense Department’s role in the nation’s cybersecurity posture, including in defending elections and countering ransomware attacks. 

Info Sharing and Securing Critical Infrastructure Top Key Congressman's Cybersecurity Priorities

“My colleagues see an urgency for new legislation now, in a way that wouldn’t be possible a few years ago," said Rep. James Langevin.

FISMA Update Excluded From Senate NDAA Amendment

Language instructing the Defense secretary to include CISA and the national cyber director in designing a pilot project for private-sector collaboration made it in.

CISA Gets Set to Deploy Updated DNS Resolver Service to Protect Federal Agencies

Government entities are required by law to use such intrusion prevention capabilities.

Iranian Nationals Charged with Election Interference

The Justice Department identified two hackers as conspirators in cyberattacks aimed at spreading voter intimidation and election disinformation. 

NSA Director: Evolving Cyber Threats Require Deeper Public-Private Partnerships

“This is not Cold War 2.0 and China is not the Soviet Union,” Gen. Paul Nakasone said. 

Governments Warn Iran Is Targeting Microsoft and Fortinet Flaws to Plant Ransomware

A warning from allied cybersecurity agencies coincides with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s recent order for agencies to patch a range of vulnerabilities.

Report: 20% of Defense Contractors at Risk for Ransomware Attack

The report measured the cybersecurity protocols undertaken by top defense contractors.

Information Disorder Is Biggest Social Danger, Commission Warns

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder made multiple structural recommendations for the information ecosystem.