Author: Ines Kagubare

Ukraine warns of ‘massive’ Russian cyberattacks against critical infrastructure

Ukraine’s defense ministry warned on Monday that Russia is planning to launch massive cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, particularly targeting the energy sector, in an attempt to slow down Ukrainian counteroffensives. The advisory said that the cyberattacks will aim to increase the effectiveness of Russia’s missile strike operations on electricity supply facilities, primarily located in the eastern and…

NSA accessed China’s telecommunications network, state media claims

The National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly gained access to China’s telecommunications network when it hacked the email systems of a prominent public research university there, Chinese state media reported. According to a source the Global Times cited, the U.S. agency infiltrated the network to “control the country’s infrastructure.” In June, China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University, known for…

Sen. King calls on Senate to pass the Cyber Diplomacy Act

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, is urging the Senate to pass the Cyber Diplomacy Act, one of the key recommendations his commission has been pushing for as part of its strategic approach to defend the U.S. against cyberattacks.  King said although key components of the act have been implemented, including establishing…

Hillicon Valley — Hacking group Lapsus$ blamed for Uber breach

Uber is holding hacking group Laspus$ responsible for last week’s data breach where a teenager claimed to have gained access to the company’s internal systems. Meanwhile, American Airlines on Tuesday confirmed a data breach that affected a “small number” of customers and employees. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech…

DHS rolls out $1 billion investment in cybersecurity for state and local governments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Friday a $1 billion investment that will help fund its first-ever cyber grant program tailored specifically for state, local and territorial governments across the U.S. The funds will help these governments address cybersecurity risks, including identifying key vulnerabilities, mitigating threats and strengthening critical infrastructure.  The $1 billion fund will…

Senate confirms first-ever cyber ambassador

The Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed Nathaniel Fick to head the State Department’s new cyber bureau. Fick will be the bureau’s first-ever ambassador-at-large following its launch in April. The bureau was established to deal with international issues related to cyber and emerging technologies.  It has three policy units: international cyberspace security, digital freedom, and international information…

DOJ indicts Iranians for allegedly hacking and extorting US groups

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday unsealed an indictment of three Iranian nationals alleged to have hacked hundreds of computer systems of organizations in the U.S. and around the world.  U.S. officials accused the defendants of exfiltrating data from the organizations’ computer systems and attempting to extort money from them by either threatening to release the stolen…

Top election security official warns of election workforce problems: 1 in 3 have left posts

Kim Wyman, the head of election security at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is warning against threats to election workers which have forced many to quit their positions ahead of the midterms. In a recent interview with CBS News, Wyman, who served as the secretary of state of Washington, said that about 1 in 3 elections…