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Chinese hackers infiltrated satellite, telecom and defence companies in US

A Chinese cyber-hacking group is thought to have hacked a number of companies in the satellite, telecom and defence industries in the US and Southeast Asia, it has emerged.

US sanctions Russian firms, citizens for NotPetya & other cyber-attacks

Just a few days after Trump requested Russia be included into the G7, the US Treasury Department issued sanctions against five Russian companies & three citizens for providing material & technical support to the Russian Federation.

Chinese hackers snag secret missile plans in US Navy contractor breach

Hackers from the Chinese Ministry of State Security who broke into the systems of a contractor working for the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center stole 614GB of sensitive information.

Encryption: US is the most exposed country, report

The United States is the most exposed country in the world when measuring for the number of services that either don't offer modern cryptographic protection or are otherwise unsuitable to offer on the increasingly hostile internet.

RAT campaign targets Koreans with phishing lures ft US-North Korea summit

A remote access trojan that apparently went undiscovered for at least two years was found targeting Koreans in a spam campaign using the possible upcoming US-North Korea nukes summit as a phishing lure.

Court dismisses Kaspersky suits challenging US government ban

A US District Court Judge Wednesday ruled that a ban on Kaspersky Lab products by the US government set to take effect 1 October is constitutional and tossed two lawsuits filed by the Russia-based security firm.

Trump administration is close to deal to help ZTE, report

While the US and China work to hammer out an agreement that would prevent a trade war as the two countries threaten to raise tariffs, the Trump administration reportedly has reached a deal to help bolster Chinese firm ZTE.

Xenotime broadens reach to target critical infrastructure SIS

The so-called Xenotime threat group, known for attacks on industrial control systems (ICS), has broadened the scope of its attacks to include US companies.

Researchers find abundance of legitimate apps used to stalk intimate partners

Researchers from Cornell Tech, NYU, Technion, Cornell University, and Hunter College conducted what was described as the first large-scale study of apps used by stalkers to track their intimate partners.

Syrian 'Electronic Army' - two indicted for spear phishing & defacement

US prosecutors filed an indictment for two alleged Syrian Electronic Army hacktivists who are accused of compromising news media websites and social media accounts to spread propaganda supporting Bashar al-Assad.

US Senate votes 52-47 to preserve net neutrality

After the US Federal Communications Commission voted earlier this year to get rid of net neutrality, the US Senate passed the Congressional Review Act discharge resolution meant to preserve it.

Russian ops accessed US voter databases, says US Senate Intel Committee

While Russian-affiliated actors who took aim at US state election systems and the US voting process likely didn't change votes, in a few states they were able to access US voter registration databases.

US retreat from Iran agreement could spur uptick in cyber-attacks

While pundits debate the diplomatic and nuclear proliferation implications of US President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran agreement, the change in tactics will likely impact cyber-security.

Supreme Court to hear Google privacy settlement case

A settlement with Google set to award US$ 8.5 million (£6.2 million) to privacy rights groups, universities and other organisations - instead of victims of privacy violations by the company - will go before the US Supreme Court.

Kaspersky challenges Twitter's decision banning company's ads

Twitter Friday banned Kaspersky Lab ads, pointing to misaligned business practices and what the US government has said is Kaspersky's relationship to Russian intelligence, claims that repeatedly have been denied by the firm.

Ongoing Third-party & insider threats plague organisations' cyber-security

This week, the UK and US governments issued warnings about malicious cyber-activity carried out by the Russian government, but the biggest dangers are closer to home with insider threats a leading risk says new research.

CNI needs shoring up after US, UK blame Russia for attacks

The US is prepared to take aggressive action against Russia for a recent, extended campaign of cyber-attacks on infrastructure assets around the world by compromising devices such as routers and firewalls.

UK and US point fingers at ongoing Russia network attacks

Russian state-sponsored hackers are attacking network infrastructure wholesale, according to US and UK governments.

Email hoaxes and phishing scams prey off of school violence fears

A Swiss hacking group has reportedly claimed credit for using a hijacked email domain to bombard schools around the US with fake threats of violence.

Update: Cyber-attack knocks US Energy Services Group offline

A cyberattack against Energy Services Group (ESG), which handles customer transactions for natural gas pipelines owned by several energy firms, has knocked the company's systems offline.

Alleged LinkedIn hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin extradited to US pleads not guilty

The US successfully extradited accused Russian hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin from the Czech Republic last week, winning a political tug-of-war with Moscow, which sought to return him to his home country.

US lawmakers ask Mexican government for updates on spyware probe

Nine months after the Mexican government was found to be using spyware to spy on journalists, activists and HR lawyers, US lawmakers sent a letter to Mexico's US Ambassador, calling for a comprehensive and transparent probe.

Indicted Iranian hackers phished targets using library account lures

The nine US-indicted Iranians who stand accused of exfiltrating 31 terabytes of research and data from educational institutions, companies and government agencies, allegedly used phishing schemes to steal university credentials.

A brief history of crime: Email scammers push fake Stephen Hawking contest

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a recently observed spam campaign offering a US$ 8 million (£5.7 million) prize to whoever can answer three questions about the late Stephen Hawking is a big-time scam.

Iranians indicted over state-sponsored IP theft, hacking US universities

The US Dept of Justice has charged nine Iranians from the Mabna Institute with stealing more than 31 terabytes of files from US, UK and other universities, companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Maritine industries target of suspected Chinese cyber-espionage group

The suspected Chinese cyber-espionage group dubbed "TEMP.Periscope" is targeting US engineering and maritime industries in its latest campaign.

US DHS, FBI name Russia in DragonFly 2.0 attacks on critical infrastructure

"This type of attack (ie cyber-attacks by Russia on Western critical infrastructure) isn't anything new, and the real story here is that the US is choosing to acknowledge it (and in extreme detail),"

US military cyber-commanders call for going on the attack

Several senior US military commanders called for the nation's cyber-forces to go on the attack during a March 13 Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber-security hearing.

Going Soft: Nation-state attackers seek weaknesses in the system

Arguably, the most important battleground is not a geographic location; it's the internet. And here, just as in real-world battles, the enemies of the United States are hoping to find areas of vulnerability to exploit.

Playing Defence - Nuclear Posture Review allows nuclear response to cyber

Calls from around the United States pour into the White House Situation Room reporting power plants shutting down across the Northeast and Midwest, causing massive black outs affecting tens of millions of people.