Author: Ines Kagubare

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…

How critical US sectors are coping with rising cyberattacks

The rise in cyberattacks this year has forced many companies in critical sectors to make improvements to their cyber defenses in an effort to secure their networks from hacks. Such companies are increasing their investments in cybersecurity and seeking to hire more cyber professionals — a task proving to be challenging amid a shortage of cyber workers across industries. The…

Hillicon Valley — Lyft drivers, passengers sue over safety

Seventeen new lawsuits were filed against Lyft alleging that the company doesn’t protect riders and drivers from potential physical and sexual assault. In other news, the FBI is deploying a team of cybersecurity experts to Montenegro to investigate a massive cyberattack that hit the country’s critical infrastructure over the weekend. This is Hillicon Valley, detailing…

FBI deploys cyber team to Montenegro following massive cyberattack

The FBI is deploying a team of cybersecurity experts to Montenegro to investigate a massive cyberattack that hit the country’s critical infrastructure over the weekend, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The attack targeted Montenegro’s water supply systems, transportation services and online government services. Government officials have reported that the attacks are still ongoing, but…