Cyberwarfare and Cybersecurity

The use of computers and the Internet in conducting warfare in cyberspace.

President Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the US election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.

Department of Homeland Security tells 21 states about Russian hacking during 2016 election

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States

The Department of Homeland Security contacted election officials in 21 states to notify them that they had been targeted by Russian government hackers during the 2016 election campaign.

NTIA Releases Cybersecurity Report

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has released a report on botnets, DDoS attacks and other cyber threats. The report was based on over 40 responses to NTIA's request for comments on those attacks, which was issued last June.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia

How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.

President Trump Blocks China-Backed Fund from Buying US Chip Maker Lattice

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump blocked a Beijing-backed fund’s attempt to buy an American chip maker, signaling his administration will closely scrutinize Chinese investment in semiconductor technology.

US bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

The US government on banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities, according to US officials.

Five privacy and security concerns about Apple’s new FaceID facial recognition

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

Apple on Tuesday (Sept. 12) unveiled its new FaceID facial recognition technology for the iPhone X—the successor to the iPhone TouchID fingerprint scanner. The company says FaceID is 20 times more secure than TouchID, and can be used for unlocking apps and using ApplePay. Still, this kind of technology (which you can read more about here) raises a lot of questions. Here’s what we’re wondering.

The Right Response to Equifax

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

How can we reduce the consequences for consumers and companies when the next breach happens? We can pass national data breach legislation.

The three big questions Equifax hasn’t answered

Location:
Equifax, 1550 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30309, United States

As pressure builds on Equifax to explain how criminals hacked into a massive trove of data on 143 million Americans, the list of unanswered questions is long.

Equifax data breach focuses Washington's attention on security of sensitive personal information

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

The massive data breach at credit reporting firm Equifax has put the company in the cross-hairs of congressional committees and one of the nation’s most aggressive attorneys general, while fueling a new push for stronger protections on Americans’ personal information.

Sen Warner: Congress May Need to Rethink Cybersecurity

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Sen Mark Warner (D-VA), co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Congress might need to rethink cybersecurity policies in the wake of a data breach of Equifax, one of the largest data brokers in the U.S.

National security imperative of addressing foreign cyber interference in U.S. elections

Sep 8 2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Free and fair elections are a foundational pillar of American democracy, one it has held other countries accountable for throughout history. In 2016, the U.S. presidential election was engulfed in the controversy of election interference. While many questions remain unanswered, it is clear that much more must be done to protect one of Americans’ fundamental rights—the right to vote. Electronic voting machines that produce no verified record are in use in many states, and most states do not have audits that are robust enough to detect malware which could impact vote counts. Resolving these and other election security issues are of critical importance ahead.

CBO Scores Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States

The Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act (HR 3202) would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), within 240 days of the bill’s enactment, to submit a report to the Congress describing the policies and procedures used to coordinate the sharing of information on cyber vulnerabilities with businesses and other relevant entities.

CBO Scores Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017 (HR 3359) would rename the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Lenovo Settles FTC Charges it Harmed Consumers With Preinstalled Software on its Laptops that Compromised Online Security

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Lenovo Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, has agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and 32 State Attorneys General that the company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers.

The Nation issues editor’s note on story questioning whether the DNC was hacked

Location:
The Nation, 520 Eight Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

After an extensive review, the Nation has issued an editor’s note concerning an Aug 9 article that raised questions regarding a consensus finding of the U.S. intelligence community that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked by Russian actors seeking to tilt the playing field in the 2016 presidential election.

Software Glitch or Russian Hackers? Election Problems Draw Little Scrutiny

Location:
USA, United States

After a presidential campaign scarred by Russian meddling, local, state and federal agencies have conducted little of the type of digital forensic investigation required to assess the impact, if any, on voting in at least 21 states whose election systems were targeted by Russian hackers, according to interviews with nearly two dozen national security and state officials and election technology specialists.

Democratic Reps Question How to Best Protect Data Breach Victims in Letter to GAO

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

After a data breach exposes sensitive information, agencies usually offer victims credit monitoring as a catch-all solution to prevent fraud. But a group of lawmakers isn't convinced that strategy always gets the job done.

Candidate Trump Criticized Obama's Cyber Doctrine. President Trump Continues It.

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump promised big changes on cybersecurity after his election. During the Obama administration, the nation’s cybersecurity was “run by people that don’t know what they’re doing,” the president said during a post-election press conference. The Trump administration, he promised, would gather “some of the greatest computer minds anywhere in the world” and “put those minds together … to form a defense.” Seven months into the president’s administration, however, analysts are wondering what’s so different.

FCC “apology” shows anything can be posted to agency site using insecure API

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission's website already gets a lot of traffic—sometimes more than it can handle. But thanks to a weakness in the interface that the FCC published for citizens to file comments on proposed rule changes, there's a lot more interesting—and potentially malicious—content now flowing onto one FCC domain.

Privacy Conversation at 2017 TPI Aspen Forum

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants us to get real about how much faith we should put in encryption. Rep Issa argued on an Internet of Things panel that it’s high time for a straight-talk discussion about how secure popular encryption protocols actually are.

President Donald Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.

FCC Pledges Openness – Just Don’t Ask to See Complaints

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Shortly after Ajit Pai was named chair of the Federal Communications Commission in February, he said he wanted the agency to be “as open and accessible as possible to the American people." Six months on, the agency is falling short of Pai’s lofty goal in some key areas.

Democratic Lawmakers call for independent investigation into FCC's cyberattack response

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Democratic lawmakers are calling for an independent investigation into how the Federal Communications Commission responded to a reported cyberattack in May that crippled the agency’s comment filing system.

FCC’s claim that it was hit by DDoS should be investigated, lawmakers say

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

Sen Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ) called for an independent investigation into the Federal Communications Commission's claim that it suffered DDoS attacks on May 8.

Network Neutrality Fake Out

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

As the number of online comments in the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality proceeding soars to record highs, groups on both sides of the debate are calling on Congress to investigate mounting allegations of fake public input.

The Fate of Online Trust in the Next Decade

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy. Those who have doubts about progress say people are inured to risk, addicted to convenience and will not be offered alternatives to online interaction. Some expect the very nature of trust will change.

Embracing Innovation and Diversity in Cybersecurity

Aug 11 2017 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

A Future Ruled by the "Botnet of Things"?

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In response to a Request for Comment from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), OTI offered seven recommendations for addressing the threats posed by botnets.

FBI tracked Election Day social media for fake news from Russia

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States

The FBI monitored social media accounts on Election Day 2016 to track Russian efforts to spread damaging false information about candidates.

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