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Biden's Peloton May Cause 'Unexpected Headache'

High-tech bike hooked up to internet could cause cybersecurity risk in the White House

(Newser) - There's nothing wrong with a president who takes care of himself, but how Joe Biden stays fit could lead to what the Guardian calls an "unexpected headache." It's been reported that, before he became commander in chief, the 78-year-old kicked off each day in Wilmington, Del....

Cybersecurity Firm Reveals Massive Cyberattack

FireEye was hacked by nation state

(Newser) - Prominent US cybersecurity firm FireEye said Tuesday that foreign government hackers with “world-class capabilities” broke into its network and stole offensive tools it uses to probe the defenses of its thousands of customers, who include federal, state, and local governments and top global corporations. The hackers “primarily sought...

Trump Lawyer Wants Krebs 'Taken Out at Dawn and Shot'

Remarks calling for Chris Krebs to be 'shot' made Monday by Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova

(Newser) - A Trump campaign lawyer made plain on The Howie Carr Show on Monday that he's not a fan of Chris Krebs, the cybersecurity chief fired by President Trump last month after vouching for the security of the 2020 election. Joe diGenova promoted unproven conspiracy theories regarding the election, but...

Want to Make a Hacker's Day? Use One of These Passwords

NordPass has released its worst candidates for 2020

(Newser) - We get how brain-melting it can be to remember all of your various passwords—really, we honestly, truly get it. But you've got to try harder than the people whose passwords popped up on NordPass' 2020 ranking of the 200 most common passwords, which, as Suzanne Humphries succinctly puts...

Trump Fires Agency Head Who Vouched for Vote Security

President says statement defending election's integrity was 'highly inaccurate'

(Newser) - President Trump has fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election. Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet , saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was "highly inaccurate." The firing of Krebs, a Trump appointee and director...

Famous Hacker Is Twitter's New Security Chief

Peiter Zatko is better known as 'Mudge'

(Newser) - Months after one of the worst hacks in social media history, Twitter has hired a new security chief who definitely knows how to spot weaknesses. Peiter Zatko, a famous hacker better known as "Mudge," is the company's new head of security, and he has been given a...

This Is the First Death From a Ransomware Attack

Woman dies in Germany after hospital is hit with cyberattack

(Newser) - In a tragic first for humanity, a death in Germany was the indirect result of a ransomware attack. A Duesseldorf hospital was the victim of the attack, and as a result of the attack, it was unable to receive a woman who was on her way there. She was re-routed...

Microsoft: Same Russian Unit Is Interfering in This Campaign

It also reports attempted hacks by Chinese and Iranian operators

(Newser) - The same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked the Democrats in 2016 has attempted similar intrusions into the computer systems of more than 200 organizations, including political parties and consultants, Microsoft said Thursday. Those efforts appear to be part of a broader increase in targeting US political campaigns and related...

US Agencies: N. Korea Funds Nukes With 'Bank Robbery'

FBI, Treasury, and other agencies say hacking scheme 'may erode confidence' in banking systems

(Newser) - Hackers linked to North Korea's government are trying to rob banks around the world to fund the country's nuclear weapons programs. That's according to the FBI, the US Treasury, US Cyber Command, and Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which warned of the behavior in...

India Bans Dozens of Chinese Apps

Move follows deadly clash in disputed area

(Newser) - India banned 59 apps with Chinese links Monday, saying their activities endanger the country’s sovereignty, defense, and security. India’s decision comes as its troops are involved in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. India lost 20 soldiers in...

As Cybersecurity Adviser, Giuliani Made a Major Blunder

He locked himself out of his iPhone and took it to an Apple Store

(Newser) - On Feb. 7, 2017, a 72-year-old man walked into an Apple Store in downtown San Francisco and said he needed help unlocking his iPhone because he'd entered the wrong password more than 10 times. It would have been an unremarkable occurrence—if that man, Rudy Giuliani, hadn't been...

US Sends Russia a Scary Cyber-Message

US Cyber Command is planting malware in Russian electrical grids, officials say

(Newser) - If Russia is plunged into darkness one day, Washington may well be behind it—or so US officials are telling the New York Times . In a strategic shift, the US military's Cyber Command is planting malware in Russia's electrical grid to offset the threat that Russia can do...

Huawei Requests Speedy End to 'Illegal' US Ban

It's seeking summary judgment, perhaps to avoid discovery

(Newser) - Huawei is accelerating with its lawsuit against the US government, demanding Washington "halt illegal action" against the world's largest telecommunications company. The Trump administration has banned government agencies from doing business with the Chinese firm, fearing Beijing could use Huawei devices for spying. But Huawei's chief legal...

Iranian Hackers Target US Officials, Nuke Experts

'Worrisome' attacks came amid reimposed sanctions

(Newser) - As President Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of US officials tasked with enforcing them, the AP has found. It drew on data from cybersecurity group Certfa to track how a hacking group nicknamed Charming Kitten spent the past month...

Google Plus Will Be No More Sooner Than Expected

Privacy concerns are behind the change

(Newser) - Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook. A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5...

Japan's Cybersecurity Chief Doesn't Know What USB Drives Are

Yoshitaka Sakurada also doesn't use computers; that's what he has secretaries for

(Newser) - "Fake it until you make it" has apparently been the secret M.O. of Japan's cybersecurity chief, though it's not so secret anymore. The New York Times reports lawmakers there were "aghast" Wednesday when, during a parliamentary questioning session, 68-year-old Yoshitaka Sakurada admitted he doesn't...

Audit: 'Nearly All' of DOD's New Weapons Systems Are Vulnerable

GAO analysis finds rampant cybersecurity issues at the Pentagon

(Newser) - A new report out of the Government Accountability Office says the Department of Defense is "just beginning to grapple" with vulnerabilities in most of its new weapons systems. The upshot of the 50-page GAO analysis , per NPR : that, based on five years' worth of tests, "nearly all" of...

DNC Notified of Attempt to Hack Voter Database

The 'spearphishing' attack was reportedly thwarted

(Newser) - The FBI is reportedly investigating a sophisticated—but unsuccessful—attempt to hack into the Democratic National Committee's voter database. The DNC learned of the attempt on Tuesday, CNN reports. The attack, which was detected by a cloud service provider and a security research company, involved a fake login page...

US, Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar

(Newser) - Two big developments in the arena of cyber security: First, the US and Britain issued a joint warning, and an unusually strong one at that, about Russia. Second, the White House is losing its well-regarded "cyber czar," along with his boss. On the first development, the New York ...

WH Goes After Staffer, Guest Phones in 'Security' Push

Employees, guests banned from bringing in personal devices starting next week

(Newser) - The White House has a new policy banning personal cellphones at work, but aides tell Bloomberg it has nothing to do with unauthorized leaks to the media. Beginning next week, both staffers and guests will be limited to government-issued devices in the West Wing in response to cybersecurity concerns, press...

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