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More on the Security of the 2020 US Election

Last week I signed on to two joint letters about the security of the 2020 election. The first was as one of 59 election security experts, basically saying that while the election seems to have been both secure and accurate (voter suppression notwithstanding), we still need to work to secure our election systems: We are aware of alarming assertions being made that the 2020 election was “rigged” by exploiting technical vulnerabilities. However, in every case of which we are aware, these claims eit...
Tags: Voting, Uncategorized, US, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, New York Times, Bruce Schneier, National Security Policy


US Senate passes bill setting cybersecurity standards for IoT devices

A bipartisan bill that sets specific cybersecurity standards for Internet of Things (IoT) devices used by all American government agencies has been passed in the US Senate. Called the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act 2020, it makes it mandatory for the director of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to evolve standards for government acquisition and use of such devices, and create a policy around disclosing security vulnerabilities in them. This Act would come into force lates...
Tags: Travel, Internet Of Things, Usa, News, Singapore, US, CIO, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, US Senate, Homeland Security, Bill, Iot, Senate Committee on Homeland Security, NIST, OMB


A researcher managed to 'steal' a Tesla in 90 seconds with a $300 bluetooth kit

A Tesla Model X in Moscow. Danish researcher Lennert Woulters found two easy loopholes in Tesla's computer system that could theoretically allow someone to gain access and steal a Model X.  He made the discovery with just a few hundred dollars worth of supplies, including a Bluetooth radio and Tesla computer from eBay.  Tesla says its rolling out fixes to prevent actual attacks.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. All a Belgian researcher needed to break into and effect...
Tags: Transportation, Ebay, Trends, Tesla, Cybersecurity, Moscow, KU Leuven, Bug Bounty, Tech Insider, Graham Rapier, Bluetooth Radio, Business News Desk, Lennert Woulters, eBay Tesla


5 Online Security Tips For Young Professionals While Job Hunting

The days of checking newspaper advertisements looking for suitable applicants and then making calls to potential employers are over. Today, every step of the job-hunting process can be completed online. These include searching for jobs, submitting applications along with updated resumes, and more. Nowadays, some companies are also conducting interviews online. Indeed, the process of looking for a suitable vacancy at top companies has become much less tiring thanks to online job portals. However...
Tags: Startups, Cybersecurity, Job Search, Vpn, Career Advice, Online Security, Others, Data Theft, Limit Your Social Media Interactions You, Conclusion Online


The Trump Admin Is Refusing to Give Full Cybersecurity Support to Biden's Transition Team

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is using a “standard, paid Google workspace network” with only limited support from the federal government thanks to Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 elections and efforts to hobble the inbound Democratic administration, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Elections, Science, Technology, Joe Biden, Cybersecurity, Transition, General Services Administration, Biden, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, GSA, 2020 Election


From fake contact tracing apps to attacks on vaccine makers, COVID-19 will define cyberattacks in 2021, experts say. Here's how businesses can prepare.

Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will continue to pose unique threats and vulnerabilities for businesses fending off cyberattacks in the coming year, Kaspersky cybersecurity analysts predict. Cybercriminals have already started using sophisticated tactics to exploit fear surrounding the pandemic, including fake contact tracing apps that steal people's information.  Others have capitalized on the high-stakes nature of COVID-19 treatment, targeting vacc...
Tags: Security, UK, Enterprise, US, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Hacks, Kaspersky, Emm, Steve Parsons, Yara, Microsoft Teams Slack, Costin Raiu, Raiu, Aaron Holmes


Excelling in Developing a Security Awareness Culture

There is no need to explain why security awareness is so vital for those who have watched the Mr. Robot series. If you did, you can skip the intro and get straight to the steps that need to be implemented. The next two paragraphs are for those who still doubt that security culture will be of any use for their organization. Security awareness culture has been developing alongside new technologies. It is their development that is responsible for creating ever-changing cyber threats and protecti...
Tags: Sales, Cybersecurity, Blog & Grow, Security Awareness, Developing a Security Awareness Culture, Security Awareness Culture


Apple's app-security tech Gatekeeper caused all kinds of problems last week, but here's why your Mac would be in far worse shape without it

macOS Big Sur. Apple The surge of downloads for Apple's latest version of macOS Big Sur caused an issue with Apple's servers that triggered a bug in the company's Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper is the service that confirms that a piece of software is legitimate before it's downloaded — when it stopped working, apps didn't open. Gatekeeper, and its failure, can be an annoyance for those who don't want Apple regulating what they download, but most people would argue it's better to be safe than sorry...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Cybersecurity, Apple Security, Nordic, Catalina, Tech Insider, macOS, Gatekeeper, Mac Updates, macOS Big Sur, BI-freelancer, Contributor 2019, Jason Aten, Jason Aten Visit Business Insider


Cybercrimes can cost companies money, customers, and employees. Here's what types of cybersecurity protocols every business needs to keep their data and information safe.

Business Insider Cybercrimes are up during the pandemic — it's worth making sure your business is protected. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Cybercrime reports have jumped from about 1,000 per day pre-pandemic to almost 4,000 per day, according to the FBI. With more employees working from home, companies are more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks, which can be costly for businesses.  Companies should invest in cybersecurity tech to protect remote workers, inclu...
Tags: Yahoo, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, US, Trends, Strategy, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Pwc, Vpn, White, Emergency preparedness, Interpol, Nordic, Matthews, HIPAA


On Blockchain Voting

Blockchain voting is a spectacularly dumb idea for a whole bunch of reasons. I have generally quoted Matt Blaze: Why is blockchain voting a dumb idea? Glad you asked. For starters: It doesn’t solve any problems civil elections actually have. It’s basically incompatible with “software independence”, considered an essential property. It can make ballot secrecy difficult or impossible. I’ve also quoted this XKCD cartoon. But now I have this excellent paper from MIT researchers: “Going from Bad to...
Tags: Voting, Uncategorized, Cybersecurity, Mit, Blockchain, Bruce Schneier, Matt Blaze, Academic Papers, National Security Policy, Blockchain Voting Sunoo Park, Michael Specter Neha Narula, Ronald L Rivest


Ransomware did not kill a German hospital patient

The news: When a German hospital patient died in September while ransomware disrupted emergency care at the facility, police launched a negligent-homicide investigation and said they might hold the hackers responsible. The case attracted worldwide attention because it could have been the first time law enforcement considered a cyberattack to be directly responsible for a death. But after months of investigation, police now say the patient was in such poor health that she likely would have die...
Tags: Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Cologne, Innovation, Computing, Hartmann, Markus Hartmann


Top DHS Official Expects to Be Fired After Calling Bull on Trump's Voter Fraud Claims

The nation’s top cybersecurity official, Chris Krebs, has led the charge to debunk the flurry of voter fraud conspiracy theories pushed by the president and his supporters. And soon he expects to lose his job over it, according to multiple reports.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Department Of Homeland Security, Cisa, Trump, Trump Administration, 2020 Election, Chris Krebs, Trump s Voter Fraud Claims


SentinelOne, an AI-based endpoint security firm, confirms $267M raise on a $3.1B valuation

This year, more than ever before because of the Covid-19 pandemic, huge droves of workers and consumers have been turning to the internet to communicate, get things done, and entertain themselves. That has created a huge bonanza for cybercriminals, but also companies that are building tools to combat them. In the latest development, an Israel-hatched, Mountain View-based enterprise startup called SentinelOne — which has built a machine learning-based solution that it sells under the brand Singul...
Tags: Security, UK, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, Israel, Tech, Cybersecurity, Symantec, Weingarten, SentinelOne, Endpoint Security, Tomer Weingarten, Kaspersky McAfee


2020 Was a Secure Election

Over at Lawfare: “2020 Is An Election Security Success Story (So Far).” What’s more, the voting itself was remarkably smooth. It was only a few months ago that professionals and analysts who monitor election administration were alarmed at how badly unprepared the country was for voting during a pandemic. Some of the primaries were disasters. There were not clear rules in many states for voting by mail or sufficient opportunities for voting early. There was an acute shortage of poll workers. Yet ...
Tags: Voting, Uncategorized, Cybersecurity, United States, Bruce Schneier, Krebs, Disinformation, Chris Krebs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency


Zoom reaches settlement with the FTC over allegations it misled customers about video-call encryption

Zoom founder Eric Yuan speaks before the Nasdaq opening bell ceremony on April 18, 2019 in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it had reached a settlement with Zoom over allegations the company misled customers about encryption and "gave users a false sense of security." The FTC sued Zoom earlier this year, accusing the company of misrepresenting the security of its videoconferencing software by claiming to offer "end-to-end, 256-bit...
Tags: Enterprise, Privacy, Trends, Cybersecurity, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zoom, Andrew Smith, Tech Insider, Eric Yuan, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, Aaron Holmes, New York City Kena Betancur Getty, FTC Zoom


Data of 2 crore BigBasket users leaked, being sold on dark web: Reports

In a massive data breach, data of over 2 crore BigBasket users, including their names, email IDs, password hashes, pin, and contact numbers, among others, was leaked and is being sold on the dark web, reported cybersecurity firm Cyble. The database was reportedly being sold for around ₹29.5 lakh ($40,000). BigBasket has meanwhile, according to several news reports including by Entrackr and IndiaToday, acknowledged the breach. The e-commerce website claimed that it does not store financial data o...
Tags: Travel, News, Cybersecurity, Hack, Data Breach, Cyber Attack, BigBasket, PTI, Paytm Mall, Entrackr, Cyble


Trump’s Cybersecurity Agency Says It Is 'Highly Difficult' to Commit Voter Fraud, Actually

Despite the president’s near-constant bellyaching about a supposed scourge of voter fraud and secret ballot dumps shaping this year’s election results, his own cybersecurity agency says there’s really no cause for concern. Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Biden, Cybersecurity, Donald Trump, Trump, President Trump, 2020 Election


Scammers are sending mass emails making false, dramatic claims about the election to mislead people and steal their information

Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images Fake websites that look like official voting resources but contain false or misleading information are being set up to confuse voters during the 2020 election. Additionally, some scammers have sent people misleading emails claiming to contain information about election interference in order to trick them into handing over login credentials. The FBI said in a warning issued last month that voters should be on the lookout for fake sites. While the FBI didn't dis...
Tags: Politics, US, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Misinformation, Election 2020, Zix, Election Assistance Commission, Tech Insider, Aaron Holmes, Alexi Rosenfeld Getty


Toy Maker Mattel Admits to Suffering a Ransomware Attack

Mattel, the maker of Barbie, Fisher-Price, and Hot Wheels toys, admitted that it suffered a ransomware attack on June 28, 2020. According to a 10-Q form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said the attack “caused data on a number of systems to be encrypted.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Mattel, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Barbie Fisher Price


The US's top cybersecurity agency just threw cold water on Trump's claim that election results in battleground states are fraudulent

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis The US's top cybersecurity agency publicly debunked President Donald Trump's claims that the results of the 2020 election result in a few battleground states are fraudulent. In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president claimed that mystery ballots in favor of the Democratic nominee Joe Biden are appearing out of nowhere in states ...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cybersecurity, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Wisconsin, Michigan, Biden, Donald Trump, National Security Agency, Cisa, Trump, Election 2020


4 Ways to Protect your Business Website

Web security plays a central role in developing your website. If cybersecurity is about safeguarding computers and networks from data theft and malware, web security is mainly focused on the… Read more » The post 4 Ways to Protect your Business Website appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
Tags: Business, Cybersecurity, Tips, Web Security, Info Tech


Edward Snowden Leaks Intent to Become Russian

Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor and whistleblower who leaked a trove of classified National Security Agency secrets to journalists, never quite made it to Ecuador. His attempt to avoid extradition and prosecution by U.S. authorities hit a snag in Russia back in 2013 where he claimed political asylum…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nsa, Russia, Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Edward Snowden, Espionage, Cia, Ecuador, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Mass Surveillance, Edward Snowden Leaks Intent


Number of CERT-In empanelled cybersecurity auditors reduced to 33

The number of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) empanelled information security organisations has been reduced  from 90 to 33. Companies that are no longer CERT-In empanelled include IBM India, HCL Comnet, Wipro, Ernst & Young, Tech Mahindra and many others. The empanelment of the information security organisations is valid from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023. We have reached out to CERT-In to find out what caused the significant reduction in the number of empanelled audito...
Tags: Travel, Usa, News, Australia, India, Cybersecurity, Cyber Security, North Carolina, Mumbai, Wipro, HCL, Tech Mahindra, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, NPCI, eKYC, CERT-IN


Twitter allows New York Post account to tweet again after contested Hunter Biden story led the company to update hacked materials policy

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Twitter said on Friday that the New York Post's account "can now tweet again" after initially locking the account for violating its hacked materials and private information policies. Twitter updated the hacked materials policy earlier this month after facing backlash over its decision to restrict the New York Post and other accounts from sharing a contested story purporting to show corruption by Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Twitter said Friday it wo...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Post, New York Post, Politics, Media, Washington, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Cybersecurity, United States, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Dorsey


This creepy 'haunted' Zoom call uses deepfakes to put words in your mouth — and serves as a powerful warning about the threats posed by cutting-edge misinformation techniques

A Halloween video uses a Zoom call and deep fakes. Take This Lollipop 2 Filmmakers have created a chillling interactive video that features looming figures in a video conference and deepfakes of viewers.  The on-screen experience creates a videoconference call in which a figure appears behind viewers, and viewers appear to say things they didn't as their likeness is manipulated.  The filmmakers say the project shows how easily deepfakes can be created, representing a real cybersecurity con...
Tags: Facebook, Halloween, Enterprise, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Southwest, Jason Zada, Jeff Elder, Zada, Tech Insider, Jason Nickel


Scammers Are Pretending They Saw You Naked on Zoom

In an era of Jeffrey Toobin and always-on webcams, scammers have launched a new grift that involves claiming that they have access to your naked Zoom videos. Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Scams, Jeffrey Toobin


Cybersecurity as we know it will be 'a thing of the past in the next decade,' says Cloudflare's COO, as security moves towards a 'water treatment' model

Michelle Zatlyn if the cofounder and COO of Cloudflare. Cloudflare Five executives spoke about rising challenges and trends in cybersecurity and AI at Business Insider's inaugeral round table for the top execs transforming the enterprise tech industry. Cloudflare COO and cofounder Michelle Zatlyn predicts that cybersecurity as we know it today will be "a thing of the past the next decade" and that instead it will work like a water filtration system. Executives from Cloudflare...
Tags: Security, Enterprise, Okta, Trends, Cybersecurity, Innovation, Cloudflare, Michelle Zatlyn, Nordic, Jolly, Tech Insider, Red Points, Diya Jolly, Rosalie Chan, Laura Urquizu, Zatlyn


Hospitals across the US have been hit by a wave of ransomware attacks, disrupting their computer systems and forcing them to turn away ambulances

Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Cybercriminals are targeting hospitals across the US with ransomware that aims to disrupt computer systems and delay medical care, the FBI said in a warning Wednesday night. The attacks aim to extort hospitals by demanding a ransom payment to restore their computer systems, preying on the urgency of medical care as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. At least 5 hospitals in New York, Oregon, and Minnesota reported that their systems wer...
Tags: Health, New York, Minnesota, Oregon, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Fbi, Hospitals, Hacks, Times, Department Of Homeland Security, Curry


Feds Warn of 'Imminent' Cyberattacks on U.S. Hospitals

As if the rampant underfunding and overcrowding weren’t enough for hospitals to deal with during the current pandemic, apparently they need to grapple with ransomware, too. In an advisory memo released last night, federal officials warned of an “increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to hospitals and healthcare…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Hospitals, Ryuk, Ransoms, Covid 19