Author: Ines Kagubare

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…

Cyber bill to fund minority, community college programs

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would invest in cybersecurity curriculums in predominantly minority schools and community colleges. The Cybersecurity Clinics Grant Program Act would establish a grant program based at the Department of Homeland Security that would fund cybersecurity education programs at community colleges and minority-serving institutions. “Building the next generation of young…

Hillicon Valley — Election workers face rising threats

A rise in threats against election workers has pushed many to quit over concerns for their safety ahead of the November elections. Meanwhile, we’ll dive into one woman’s journey to help women of color get their start in cybersecurity. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing all you need to know about tech and cyber news from…

The founder of ‘Black Girls in Cyber’ sees lots more work to do

The cybersecurity workforce famously lacks diversity, but for Talya Parker, constantly seeing herself on pandemic-era video conferences as one of the few — if not the only — Black woman was a wake-up call. “You always know that you’re the minority in the room, but there’s something different about being reminded of it visually every…

Hillicon Valley — Push to protect kids’ privacy moves ahead

Efforts led by a former Facebook product manager to protect kids’ privacy online has gained momentum in Congress and state legislatures as lawmakers seek to crack down on how tech companies collect and use children’s data. In other news, in the wake of Hurricane Ian, creating technologies that can protect homes from extreme storms is needed…

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…