Share on twitter by Christopher Joye It’s a complex geo-political thriller Tom Clancy would struggle to manufacture. The CIA and NSA conclude that two Russian intelligence agencies, the FSB and GRU, have gone to extraordinary lengths to sabotage the US presidential election to tilt the probabilities in favour of their Manchurian candidate, Donald Trump. After […]

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President Obama has been punished for his dithering. If indeed Russia was behind the many unsavory revelations about Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and if indeed Obama facilitated that effort by failing to push back against the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s emails, it is an ironic capstone to eight years of leading from behind. […]

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(NBC News) Cyber security experts are getting help from one of the world’s most popular cartoon characters. “Garfield” is now working to teach kids how to safely use the internet on all the electronic devices they’re about to get for Christmas. Garfield’s creator Jim Davis says he’s flattered and honored. “If Garfield can help in […]

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  (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, and Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at FSI where she also runs the Cyber Policy and Security Program,  are also senior fellows at the Hoover Institution, also at Stanford. In his […]

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IoT botnets and turnkey phishing services were just some of the ways the bad guys stayed ahead in 2016 Image Source: leolintang via Shutterstock Change is the one constant in the threat landscape, and cyber events of 2016 served as a reminder of that aphorism in multiple and often painful ways. Whether it was stealing […]

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[1] Jim Finkle, “Ransomware: Extortionist Hackers Borrow Customer-Service Tactics,” Reuters, April 12, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-ransomware-idUSKCN0X917X (accessed December 15, 2016). [2] News release, Vicki D. Anderson, “Ransomware: Latest Cyber Extortion Tool,” Federal Bureau of Investigation, April 26, 2016, https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/cleveland/news/press-releases/ransomware-latest-cyber-extortion-tool (accessed December 15, 2016). [3] Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, “‘You Hacked’ Appears at Muni Stations as Fare Payment System […]

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Folks have had some time to digest the long-awaited release of the final report from President Obama’s special Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Intended to advise the next administration on where the country ought to go in order to build more robust cybersecurity measures to protect against digital threats in the years to come, the […]

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Department of Energy CIO Michael Johnson has left the agency after nearly two years leading its cybersecurity efforts according to an internal email. Mr. Johnson, a presidential appointee, joined the agency as CIO in March 2015, a spokesperson said Monday. His position was set to end on Jan. 20, 2017. He’s replaced in the interim by […]

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