How the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research - CyberScoop

Written by Shannon Vavra Sep 8, 2020 | CYBERSCOOP Six months ago, as professional sports were postponed indefinitely, schools were shuttering, Tom Hanks was the poster boy for COVID-19, and President Donald Trump addressed a nervous nation, people at the highest levels of the U.S.


CBP Bought 'Unlimited' Use of a Nationwide Tracking Database

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Ransomware: Huge rise in attacks this year as cyber criminals hunt bigger pay days | ZDNet

There's been a huge increase in the number of ransomware attacks over the course of 2020, with a seven-fold rise in campaigns compared with just last year alone, according to newly released data from cybersecurity researchers.


Former IT director gets jail time for selling government's Cisco gear on eBay | ZDNet

A South Carolina man was sentenced this week to two years in federal prison for taking government-owned networking equipment and selling it on eBay. The man, Terry Shawn Petrill, 48, of Myrtle Beach, worked as the IT Security Director for Horry County in South Carolina, the Department of Justice said in a press release on Tuesday.


Thanos Ransomware adds Windows MBR locker that fails every time

A new Thanos ransomware strain is trying and failing to deliver the ransom note onto compromised systems by overwriting the computers' Windows master boot record (MBR). The new Windows MBR locker module has been discovered by security researchers at Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 while analyzing two attacks were Thanos ransomware affiliates successfully encrypted devices of state-controlled organizations from the Middle East and North Africa during early July 2020.


Zero Trust: From security option to business imperative overnight - Microsoft Security

Not long ago when I spoke with customers about Zero Trust, our conversations focused on discussing the principles, defining scope, or sharing our own IT organization's journey. Zero Trust was something interesting to learn about, and most organizations were very much in the exploratory phase.

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Researchers create 'unhackable' quantum network

An international research team, led by the scientists at University of Bristol, claims to have developed a prototype city-wide quantum network, which could be used to send completely secure and unhackable messages over the internet.


Bomb threat spam

In late August, our mail traps started picking up some unusual blackmail messages. In them, cybercriminals claim to have planted a tetryl-charged bomb somewhere in the recipient's office and say it will be detonated unless a ransom is paid or if police activity is observed near the building.


White House publishes a cyber-security rulebook for space systems | ZDNet

The White House has published today a new directive detailing a list of recommendations and best practices for protecting space systems from cyber-threats and cyber-attacks. The new rules, detailed in Space Policy Directive-5 (SPD-5), are meant to establish a cybersecurity baseline for all space-bound craft, systems, networks, and communications channels built and operated by US government agencies and commercial space entities.


Beyond Burnout: What Is Cybersecurity Doing to Us?

Infosec professionals may feel not only fatigued, but isolated, unwell, and unsafe. And the problem may hurt both them and the businesses they aim to protect. "Sometimes I feel like I'm just yelling into the chasm." "I began to question everything that I believed to be true about myself."

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