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FBI director warns of China’s preparations for disruptive infrastructure attacks

FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that the threat posed by Chinese hacking operations to U.S. critical infrastructure has become more urgent, as intelligence agencies have said that groups like Volt Typhoon are preparing for the possibility of widespread disruptive actions as early as 2027. Wray said during a speech at Vanderbilt...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 20:20
Treasury official: Small financial institutions have ‘growth to do’ in using AI against threats

Major financial institutions have used artificial intelligence to play increasingly stingy defense against fraud and cybersecurity threats over the past decade, a top Treasury Department official said Thursday. But “there’s growth to do” when it comes to deploying those same technologies for smaller banks. Todd Conklin, the Treasury Department’s...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 19:21
‘Large volume’ of data stolen from UN agency after ransomware attack

A large volume of United Nations Development Programme data related to staffers and other internal operations was stolen and posted to a ransomware website in late March, the agency announced this week.  The UNDP issued a statement Tuesday saying that “local IT infrastructure in UN City, Copenhagen, was targeted,” and that a “data extortion...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 20:26
House passes bill to limit personal data purchases by law enforcement, intelligence agencies

The House passed the “Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act” on Wednesday, buoying the spirits of digital privacy advocates at the same time the Senate is gearing up for a fight over a broader extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, and a group of seven bipartisan...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 04:28
Mandiant: Notorious Russian hacking unit linked to breach of Texas water facility

The potent and enduring Russian military intelligence hacking operation known as Sandworm was likely responsible for attacks on water utilities in the United States, Poland and a small water mill in France, researchers with Google’s Mandiant said Wednesday. Wednesday’s report concludes that Sandworm is behind a set of online personas — including...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 20:24
After a sleepy primary season, Russia enters 2024 U.S. election fray

Russian influence operations targeting the 2024 U.S. elections have ramped up in the past 45 days, using Telegram as a primary distribution channel to spread propaganda to influence debate over Ukraine policy, according to new research from Microsoft’s Threat Analysis Center. The rise in observed activity represents a late start for Moscow compared...

Wed Apr 17, 2024 19:23

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