This edition of the ISMG Security Report includes an analysis by Executive Editor Matthew J. Schwartz on President Donald Trump's changing views on election meddling, plus an update on voter data being accidently exposed by a robocalling company.
President Donald Trump has stated that he believes the Russian government attempted to interfere in U.S. elections. But at times, he appears to have also suggested that the interference may be attributable to other countries instead.
Asked in a press conference if he would denounce Russia for interfering in U.S. elections, President Trump responded with a conspiracy theory about a missing DNC server. Some security experts say Trump's response was nonsense and flies in the face of good digital forensics and incident response practice.
The U.S. Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for attempting to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election reveals new details about attackers' tactics - and failures - including using cryptocurrencies in an attempt to hide their tracks.
Twelve Russian intelligence officers have been indicted, as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, for allegedly conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, including by hacking the Democratic National Committee.
In the wake of news that 12 additional Russians have been indicted for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, a key question emerges: What will President Trump say when he meets Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Carbon Black's Tom Kellermann offers analysis.
Aaron Sherman, who recently made the transition from serving as an FBI agent investigating cybercrime and nation-state threats to working at Braintrace on ways to improve detection and response efforts, shares insights on the career change.
Much more must be done to shore up the U.K.'s national infrastructure. "It's partly austerity, and it's partly what's happening in the global economy, but we've really seen an underinvestment, specifically in the critical national infrastructure," says LogRhythm's Ross Brewer.
Security experts warn that hackers could one day make use of machine learning and AI to make their attacks more effective. Thankfully, says Cybereason's Ross Rustici, that doesn't appear to have happened yet, although network-penetration attacks are getting more automated than ever.
Facebook has responded to more than 2,000 questions posed by U.S. Senate and House committees with 747 pages of answers, which reveal that Facebook was still been providing special access to user data to dozens of companies, six months after it says it had stopped doing so in 2015.
What are hot cybersecurity topics in Scotland? The "International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security" in Edinburgh focused on everything from securing the internet of things the rise of CEO fraud to the origins of "cyber" and how to conduct digital forensic investigations on cloud servers.
"This is not a crazy state; this is a rational state pursuing rational objectives." So said Robert Hannigan, former head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence service, when describing North Korea in a wide-ranging talk at the Infosecurity Europe conference that also touched on Russian hacking and cybercrime.
Reality Leigh Winner, 26, a former contractor for the NSA, has pleaded guilty to leaking a "top secret" five page document that describes Russian meddling with U.S. voting systems. She's agreed to a plea deal that calls for her to serve a 63-months prison sentence.
Financial services firms write off a certain level of online fraud as a cost of doing business, but these losses directly fund organized crime and help legitimize cybercrime as a career path, says Trusted Knight's Trevor Reschke, who stresses the sector must do more to combat fraud.
Symantec says it has uncovered a cyber espionage campaign that targets telecommunications operators in Southeast Asia - as well as a defense contractor and satellite communications operator - and warns that the hacking group, dubbed Thrip, may be laying the groundwork for more destructive attacks.