Author: Ines Kagubare

Former Google executive to join White House cyber office: report

The White House has hired a former Google executive to focus on workforce programs and supply chain security issues at the Office of the National Cyber Director, Axios reported on Monday. Camille Stewart Gloster, who starts on Aug. 1, will serve as the deputy national cyber director for technology and ecosystem security, according to the news outlet….

US bolsters cyber alliance to counter rising Iran threat

President Biden vowed to expand cyber cooperation with Israel and Saudi Arabia on his trip to the Middle East last week, a move experts see as a direct response to the rising digital threat from Iran. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia signed bilateral agreements to strengthen their cybersecurity partnership and share information related to cyber…

Hillicon Valley — Amazon steps up health care push

Amazon is expanding further into the health care industry by buying primary health care provider One Medical for nearly $4 billion. Meanwhile, the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security asked the Secret Service to stop its “erased” text messages investigation, and YouTube said it will remove abortion misinformation. This is Hillicon…

Senators introduce bill to improve defenses against quantum computing data breaches

Senators on Thursday introduced a cybersecurity bill aimed at improving the federal government’s defenses against data breaches enabled by quantum computing. The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), would require federal agencies to have the most up-to-date cybersecurity protections as quantum computers become highly advanced and…

CISA announces launch of London bureau

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced on Monday that it will open its first-ever attaché office in London later this month. The London bureau will serve as a focal point for international collaboration between U.S. and U.K. government officials, the agency said. It will also help advance CISA’s objectives in cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and…

Advocacy groups seek federal ban on Cyber Ninja business

Advocacy groups in Arizona are requesting that U.S. officials ban a Florida-based firm, hired to conduct a ballot review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County, from working with the federal government, the Washington Post reported. In a letter sent to the Interagency Suspension & Debarment Committee on Monday, the groups asked for the debarment of…

State-backed hackers targeted US-based journalists in widespread spy campaigns: report

State-sponsored hackers from China, North Korea, Iran and Turkey have been regularly spying on and impersonating journalists from various media outlets in an effort to infiltrate their networks and gain access to sensitive information, according to a report released on Thursday by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.  The report reveals that government-backed hackers used various tools to…

Hillicon Valley — US, Israel team up on tech

The Biden administration announced Wednesday it is partnering with Israel on a tech initiative focused on studying artificial intelligence and addressing climate change. In other news, former President Trump slammed Elon Musk after the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said it is time for Trump “to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset.” He…

Federal agencies warn health sector against North Korean ransomware

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint advisory on Wednesday regarding North Korean state-sponsored cyber actors using Maui ransomware to target the health sector. The FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of the Treasury said that particular ransomware has been used by North Korean government-backed hackers since at least last spring to target…