Author: Ines Kagubare

Hillicon Valley — Risk of Russia cyber ops amps up before midterms

Experts warn Russia could escalate its cyber efforts in the November midterms as retaliation for the United States’ ongoing military and economic aid to Ukraine. Meanwhile, Chinese hackers are reportedly scanning Democratic and Republican state headquarters for vulnerabilities in their systems ahead of the midterm elections. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to…

FBI warns Chinese hackers scanning state political parties

The FBI is warning Democratic and Republican state parties that Chinese hackers are scouring their headquarters for vulnerable systems they could potentially hack ahead of the midterms, The Washington Post reported. According to U.S. officials the Post spoke to, FBI agents in field offices have notified several Democratic and Republican headquarters across the country that they…

Ongoing US support to Ukraine could prompt Russian cyber escalation in midterms, experts warn

With Russia continuing to face setbacks in its war against Ukraine, experts warn Russian President Vladimir Putin may escalate his cyber operations in the November midterms as retaliation for U.S. involvement in the conflict. Recent cyberattacks against U.S. state government and airport websites that Moscow-backed hackers have claimed responsibility for may have been testing grounds for such Russian efforts to…

Hillicon Valley — Feds consider sharing cyber costs

The federal government has asked stakeholders in the cyber industry whether it should help cover some of the costs tied to ‘catastrophic’ cyber incidents. Meanwhile, some on the left are blasting Elon Musk’s looming takeover of Twitter, claiming the platform will soon be flooded with hate speech and misinformation. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you…

US airport websites knocked offline by Russian-speaking hackers

Several U.S. airport websites were temporarily down on Monday morning following a cyberattack reportedly carried out by Russian-backed hacking group Killnet, according to news reports. The Atlanta and Los Angeles international airports were among 14 airport websites impacted by the attack, CNN reported. “ATL’s website (atl.com) is up and running after an incident early this morning that…

Federal government considers sharing costs for ‘catastrophic’ cyber incidents

As cyberattacks continue to rise, the federal government is contemplating whether it should step in to help private insurance companies cover some of the costs related to severe cyber incidents. The Treasury Department and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently asked stakeholders in the industry to weigh in on whether there’s a need for a federal insurance…

Hillicon Valley — Musk knocks Trump’s app

Elon Musk knocked former President Trump’s app Truth Social as part of a wide-ranging interview that was published as Musk’s bid to buy Twitter forges ahead. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. Send tips to The Hill’s Rebecca Klar and Ines…

Hillicon Valley — Musk’s Twitter plans 

As Elon Musk moves ahead with plans to buy Twitter, we’ll dive into what to expect from the billionaire tech mogul as the deal proceeds. Meanwhile, federal officials on Tuesday expressed confidence that any attempts to manipulate votes at scale in November’s election will be detected and thwarted. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you…

Canadian sentenced in NetWalker ransomware attacks

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday sentenced a Canadian national to 20 years in prison and ordered him to forfeit more than $21 million for his role in NetWalker ransomware attacks. The DOJ said the defendant, Sebastian Vachon-Desjardins, participated in a sophisticated form of ransomware known as NetWalker, which has targeted dozens of victims across the…