The U.S. federal court system is investigating an "apparent compromise" of a confidential electronic filing system used for sensitive legal documents. Meanwhile, it has suspended its use of the hacked SolarWinds' Orion system and changed document security procedures while conducting an audit.
The U.S. Department of State has announced plans to create a Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies to enhance its security and help it deal with international cybersecurity issues. But it remains to be seen if those plans will be carried out by the incoming Biden administration.
As security software firm SolarWinds investigates the supply chain attack involving its Orion software and looks to rebuild its security processes and reputation, it's hired former U.S. cybersecurity czar Chris Krebs and former Facebook CSO Alex Stamos as advisers.
From contact tracing to data transfer to the new California Privacy Rights Act, 2021 already is shaping up to be a big year for privacy. Trevor Hughes, CEO and president of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, offers a "state of privacy" overview.
Security researchers are warning that attackers appear to have stepped up scanning for vulnerable Zyxel products, including VPN gateways, access point controllers and firewalls. A recently disclosed vulnerability in the company's firmware can create a hard-coded backdoor.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.
After the occupation of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters Wednesday, an emergency response plan to ensure federal computers were locked down apparently was not activated, some experts say. As a result, federal security teams are likely scrambling to detect and repair any damage done.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.
A recently uncovered remote access Trojan, dubbed ElectroRAT, has been stealing cryptocurrency from digital wallets over the past year, according to researchers at Intezer Labs. The malware, written in Golang, can target Windows, Linux and macOS platforms.
Although two earlier executive orders from President Donald Trump banning the use of the Chinese-made apps TikTok and WeChat are still hung up in the courts, the president has issued a new executive order banning eight other Chinese apps, citing threats they pose to national security, economy and foreign policy.
The massive pro-Trump demonstrations that saw large crowds riot and then occupy the U.S. Capitol building in Washington pose a significant potential cybersecurity threat as protesters appear to have gained access to at least one lawmaker's office, along with computer systems and other devices, some experts say.
Mounting evidence points to the "serious compromise" of SolarWinds' Orion software having been an intelligence gathering operation "likely" run by Russia, according to U.S. government agencies probing the supply chain attack. It's the first official attack attribution to be issued by the Trump administration.
A U.K. court denied Julian Assange bail Wednesday as the U.S. Justice Department prepares to appeal a judge's ruling earlier this week rejecting its request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the U.S. to face criminal charges. Assange will remain in a high-security prison during the appeals process.