Archive for August 2016

Can the US voting system be hacked by anti-US interests?

The FBI has warned state officials to boost their security, since state election websites in Arizona and Illinois experienced hack-related shutdowns earlier this summer. More than 30 states have provisions for online voting.

The FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russians were behind the assault on the election system in that state. The bureau described the threat as “credible” and significant, “an eight on a scale of one to 10.” Click here for more on this.

Illinois elections officials are confident no voter data were compromised this summer when a hacker was able to see information on about 200,000 registered voters. Click here for more on this.

For nearly a year, malicious hackers enjoyed full access to all Democratic National Committee servers, including emails, communications and documents, operating undetected for the majority of that time. Indeed, the sophistication of the attack suggests the direct involvement of foreign nation-states. Click here for more on this.

Is Donald Trump’s presidential bid just a unique Russian hack of the US voting system? Probably not.

Look out – powerful NSA hacking tools have just been hacked…

Transparency has its limits!

Some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed in recent days, a development that could pose severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations and the security of government and corporate computers.

“Without a doubt, they’re the keys to the kingdom,” said one former NSA employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal operations. “The stuff you’re talking about would undermine the security of a lot of major government and corporate networks both here and abroad.”

Click here for the full article in the Washington Post.

Insider Threats are Behind a Sharp Rise in Data Theft

Insider threats are behind the sharp increases over the past 18 months in the percentage of organizations that have experienced loss of company data.  According to the Ponemon ITIInstitute, three out of every four organizations (76%) have been hit over the past two years—a significant increase from 67% in a 2014 study.

The findings show that the rise is due in large part to compromises in insider accounts—a phenomenon exacerbated by an increase in the proportion of employees who have unnecessary access to sensitive data.  Respondents say insider negligence is more than twice as likely to cause the compromise of insider accounts as any other culprits

More from InfoSecurity Magazine by clicking here.

The focus of cybersecurity in this next episode should be on fraud and money laundering

Australia has set up a cyber-intelligence unit to identify terrorism financing, money laundering and financial fraud online, the government said on Tuesday, because of “unprecedented” threats to national security.

The measure expands on a major platform of conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who narrowly won re-election last month after promising to improve Australia’s cybersecurity and transform the economy into a tech-savvy business hub.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the new unit, set up under money-tracking agency the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), would investigate online payment platforms and financial cybercrime to crack down on money-laundering and criminal networks.

“We know that the use of fraudulent identities continues to be a key enabler of serious and organized crime and terrorism,” Keenan said in a statement.

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