Tag Archives: FBI

Senators Ask Biden to Help Advance Plan for Consolidated FBI Headquarters

Consolidated FBI HQ

Four Senate lawmakers asked President Biden to direct the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to come up with a finalized plan for the construction of a consolidated FBI headquarters building. The letter was signed by Sens. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Kaine, D-Va.

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FBI, DHS Provide Information on Russian Intell Agency’s Cyber Exploitation Techniques

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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released a joint advisory to provide information on cyber tools and techniques used by Russian Foreign Intelligence Service actors to compromise government networks, information technology companies and think tanks. FBI also observed that SVR actors have transitioned from using malware to homing in on cloud-based platforms. 

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Anne Neuberger Offers Update on Government’s Response to Recent Cyber Incidents

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said that due to an increase in patching efforts, the Biden administration is “standing down” the two unified coordination groups that were established in response to cyber breaches involving SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange.

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NSA, CISA, FBI Warn of Potential Network Vulnerability Exploits by Russian Agency

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA) have issued a joint advisory after authorities determined that Russian Foreign Intelligence Service actors are using five network vulnerabilities to potentially infiltrate U.S. and allied government systems. Cybersecurity professionals should conduct network checks to identify indicators of compromise and implement measures to defend against SVR exploitations.

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Avril Haines Testifies at Senate Hearing on Threats Linked to Chinese Tech, Investments

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, director of national intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, and other U.S. intelligence leaders appeared Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the threats posed by China to the U.S. “Many countries are starting to do CFIUS-like processes. It’s another reason for why our counterparts are talking to us,” Haines told lawmakers.

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FBI, CISA Issue Advisory on Hackers Targeting Fortinet Operating System Vulnerabilities

FortiOS Vulnerabilities

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released a joint advisory on the exploitation of vulnerabilities in Fortinet’s FortiOS operating system by advanced persistent threat actors. CISA has called on administrators and users to review the joint cybersecurity advisory and carry out the recommended measures to mitigate cyber risks.

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Gen. Paul Nakasone: Cybercom-NSA Partnership Helped Counter Foreign Election Interference

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said Cybercom’s partnership with NSA plays a key role in protecting U.S. elections from foreign interference. Gen. Nakasone said Cybercom carried out more than 2,000 operations to protect the 2020 elections against foreign interference

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FBI Report: 2020 Saw $4.2B in Losses From Cyber Crimes

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The FBI has released a report detailing alleged internet crimes from over 791,790 complaints that the agency's Internet Crime Complaint Center recorded in 2020. Victims primarily lost money to investment fraud, confidence and romance schemes and compromised business emails, according to the report. IC3's 2020 Internet Crime Report states that the cyber attacks resulted in more than $4.2 billion in losses. 

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FBI Agent Bryan Vorndran to Lead Agency’s Cyber Division

Bryan Vorndran

Bryan Vorndran, a special agent at the FBI, has been appointed to serve as assistant director of the agency's cyber division. Vorndran, who most recently served with the FBI's New Orleans Field Office, will move to the bureau's headquarters in Washington, D.C. for his new assignment. Vorndran served as an operations manager for Merck and Co. before starting a career at the FBI.

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FBI-CISA Joint Advisory Links Nation-State Actors to Microsoft Exchange Server Compromise

Cyber Hacks

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued a joint advisory saying hackers trying to exploit vulnerabilities in on-premises Microsoft Exchange Servers include nation-state actors and that the targeted organizations in this breach appear to match the entities that are being zeroed in by threat actors from China, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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