In an unclassified version of a top-secret report, the U.S. intelligence community says that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at undermining public faith in America's democratic process and preventing Hillary Clinton from being elected president.
The KillDisk disk-wiping malware, previously tied to espionage operations, has been updated with crypto-locking capabilities and now targets Linux as well as Windows systems. But security experts warn that attackers using the Linux variant have no way to furnish a decryption key.
A task force led by two lawmakers and a former U.S. CIO recommends the new administration should jettison outdated ways the federal government tackles cybersecurity, saying in a just-issued report: "Once-powerful ideas have been transformed into clichés."
In addition to announcing sanctions against Russia for election-related cyberattacks, the Obama administration has declassified technical information on Russian intelligence services' malicious cyber activities in an effort to help thwart additional attacks.
President-elect Donald Trump names Thomas Bossert as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. He'll help lead the shaping of the incoming administration's cyber doctrine and will bring extensive experience to the job, say people who know him.
President Barack Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, legislation that includes a provision he opposes to leave the leader of the newly-elevated U.S. Cyber Command as the head of the National Security Agency as well.
Unprecedented hack attacks knocked three Ukrainian power providers offline in late 2015, and now a potential repeat hack has surfaced. Security experts recommend all power operators globally hunt carefully for related signs of attack.
A variant of malware used to infect U.S. Democratic National Committee systems was also used to infect an Android app used by Ukraine's artillery forces, bolstering attribution of both attacks to Russia, says cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike.
A massive botnet run by a Russian cybercrime gang netted more than $3 million a day by generating fake views of online video advertisements, security firm White Ops warns. Cue new concerns over the prevalence of advertising fraud in the wake of fake news worries.
Memo to would-be cybercriminals: Want to move stolen funds internationally to bank accounts that you control? Need to route the funds to a few money mules to get it laundered? Don't do it from a system tied to an IP address registered to your home.
The Obama administration has failed to reach agreement with 40 other nations on easing restrictions on exports of certain intrusion software, sometimes called "spyware," that could be exploited by repressive regimes - but also could be used to help secure computer systems.
The National Governors Association, in a new road map for improving nationwide secure health data exchange, proposes that states attempt to better align their privacy laws to the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule to help remove legal barriers.
The Shadow Brokers is offering more Equation Group attack tools for sale, payable in bitcoins. Experts say the dump appears designed to deflect attention from Russia's alleged meddling in this year's U.S. presidential election, but it may have originated from a rogue NSA insider.
The County of Los Angeles is notifying 756,000 individuals of a breach stemming from a phishing scheme that tricked more than 100 county employees. Bank account and payment card information, Social Security numbers and health-related information was potentially exposed.
Three Romanian men accused of running a cybercrime ring that used custom-built "Bayrob" malware and money mules to steal at least $4 million from victims have been extradited to face charges in the United States.