Tag Archives: cyber attack

Inspector General Report: State Dept. Faces Persistent Information Security Challenges

Information Security

The State Department’s office of inspector general has released a report saying the agency has initiated steps to improve its information security program but continues to face significant issues and control weaknesses that increase its vulnerability to cyber threats and attacks. The document also uncovered issues with user access controls and records management. 

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Nand Mulchandani on JAIC’s Efforts to Counter Adversarial AI

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, chief technology officer of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said JAIC is working on new approaches on how model and data sharing could come up with a manifest that helps counter cyber attacks that try to hinder or confuse algorithms when it comes to releasing sensitive data.

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Christopher Krebs: Collaboration Key to Deterring Foreign Cyber Interference in Elections

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the lack of foreign cyber interference in U.S. election systems this year could be attributed to more than three years of collaboration. "I think what you're seeing more than anything is 3½ years of collaboration," Krebs said.

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Rep. Jim Langevin: Countries Should Quickly Attribute Cyber Incidents

Rep. Jim Langevin

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said the international community should speed up attribution of cyber attacks by other countries to implement cyber norms. He believes that countries should leverage human and signals intelligence and other cyber resources and be more willing to publicly attribute cyber incidents. Langevin wants to focus more on cyber threats facing the country.

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Louisiana Nat’l Guard Responds to Gov’t Cyber Attacks Ahead of 2020 Elections

Cyber Attacks

The National Guard has responded to alleged cases of cyber breaches at government offices in Louisiana weeks ahead of this year’s presidential elections. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an advisory on a new form of malware called "emotet” which has worm-like qualities. Cybersecurity experts have attributed the cyber attacks in Louisiana to a hacking group backed by North Korea. 

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Treasury Orders Sanctions on Russian Research Institute Over Malware

Cybersecurity

The US Department of the Treasury (USDT) has imposed sanctions on a Russian government-controlled research institute found to be linked to the Triton malware. TsNIIKhM was also found to be surveying at least 20 U.S. electric facilities for cyber vulnerabilities in 2019. The Triton malware targets industrial safety systems at critical infrastructure facilities.

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CISA: Hacker Launches Cyber Attack on Federal Agency Using Multistage Malware

Cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has found that a cyber threat actor exploited compromised credentials to implant a multistage malware and launch a cyber attack on a federal agency’s network. CISA has recommended that agencies monitor network traffic for unusual open ports, large outbound files and other suspicious activities, deploy an enterprise firewall.

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CISA Seeks to Stay Ahead of Emerging Cyber Threats With New Framework; Daniel Kroese Quoted

Daniel Kroese

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is collaborating with a national laboratory with the Department of Energy (DoE) to come up with a cyber risk framework to help identify the latest cyber threats facing the country’s critical infrastructure. 

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Kevin Cox: CDM Program Helps COVID-19 Response Agencies Counter Cyber Attacks

Kevin Cox

Kevin Cox, program manager for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, said that having the necessary systems in place has enabled CDM to assist agencies that play a key role in the federal government’s COVID-19 response efforts to fight against cyber attacks during the pandemic. 

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Committee Issues Report on COVID-19 Response-Related Challenges Facing Agencies

COVID-19

A Pandemic Response Accountability Committee report has identified the top challenges facing federal agencies in their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts and one of those is financial management. “Key areas of concern include both the need for accurate information concerning pandemic-related spending and the significant amount of money federal agencies may lose as the result of improper payments,” the PRAC said in the report.

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