Is Microsoft coming to TikTok's rescue? It appears that's a very strong possibility following President Donald Trump's threat Friday to ban the app in the U.S. Microsoft hasn't committed to buying part of TikTok, but says if it did, it would bring the popular app world-class security and privacy protections.
As part of their latest COVID-19 economic relief legislation unveiled this week, Senate Republicans are proposing to allocate about $53 million to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to help combat hackers targeting virus vaccine research.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged two Chinese nationals with hacking into the systems of hundreds of organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The suspects' activities allegedly included probing for vulnerabilities in systems at companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and testing tech.
The U.S. should restore the position of cybersecurity coordinator at the White House because the number of threats against the nation is increasing, several security experts testified this week at a House hearing. But some Republicans question whether the move would create unnecessary bureaucracy.
Europe's highest court has invalidated the Privacy Shield, a data-sharing agreement between the EU and U.S., on the grounds that the U.S. offers insufficient protection for Europeans' privacy rights. Privacy advocates say the ruling should drive the U.S. to rethink its policies.
Britain's U-turn on Huawei, announcing that it will now ban the manufacturer's gear from its 5G networks, highlights this as yet unresolved problem: Years of underinvestment and policy failures have left Britain and its allies with no inexpensive, trusted alternative.
The U.S. Secret Service is combining its electronic and financial crime units into a single task force that will focus on investigating cyber-related financial crimes, such as BEC schemes and ransomware attacks. The move comes as lawmakers push for the Secret Service to take a more active role in fighting cybercrime.
The U.S. Justice Department has charged Kazakhstan national Andrey Turchin with being the hacker known as "Fxmsp," as well as running a hacking collective known by the same name that's been tied to 300 attacks worldwide, including against anti-virus vendors.
A U.S. federal court has issued an injunction that gives Microsoft permission to seize control of several malicious domains being used to operate a COVID-19-themed phishing scam, according to recently unsealed court documents.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is calling for federal funding for cybersecurity coordinators in every state. Meanwhile, a measure introduced in the House would restore the position of cybersecurity director in the White House.
The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a superseding indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that expands the scope of the government's case against him. Federal prosecutors now allege that Assange conspired with the Anonymous and LulzSec groups to obtain classified information to publish.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Juniper Networks seeking a more detailed explanation into a 2015 incident when an NSA-created algorithm - that may have included a backdoor - appeared in a company product that would have allowed VPN traffic to be decrypted.