Category Archives: Cybersecurity

Microsoft Takes Down a Risk to the Election, and Finds the U.S. Doing the Same

Microsoft and a team of companies and law enforcement groups have disabled — at least temporarily — one of the world’s largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals that officials feared could disrupt the presidential election in three weeks.

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Cyber Command has sought to disrupt the world’s largest botnet, hoping to reduce its potential impact on the US election

In recent weeks, the U.S. military has mounted an operation to temporarily disrupt what is described as the world’s largest botnet — one used also to drop ransomware, which officials say is one of the top threats to the 2020 election.

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Activity Alert: Emotet Malware

Emotet—a sophisticated Trojan commonly functioning as a downloader or dropper of other malware—resurged in July 2020, after a dormant period that began in February. Since August, CISA and MS-ISAC have seen a significant increase in malicious cyber actors targeting state and local governments with Emotet phishing emails. This increase has rendered Emotet one of the most prevalent ongoing threats.

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Report highlights concern heading into election: Ransomware attacks on the rise in the US

Cyberattacks that seize control of computers and hold them for ransom are on the rise, with the United States seeing a doubling of so-called “ransomware” attacks over the last three months compared to the previous quarter, according to Check Point Research, a cybersecurity firm.

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FBI And CISA Warn Of “Foreign Actors” Intervening in U.S. Election Via Spoofed Domains And Email

Two of the U.S. government’s cybercrime bodies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), have issued a warning to voters to help them recognise and avoid spoofed election-related domain names and email accounts during the 2020 election year.

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European Cybersecurity Month 2020 ‘Think Before U Click’

This October marks the European Union’s 8th European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), promoting online security among EU citizens. The annual cybersecurity awareness campaign is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and the European Commission, and supported by the Member States and more than 300 partners from across industries.

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GIFCT: Possibly the Most Important Acronym You’ve Never Heard Of: Hint: It Involves the Internet and Terrorism by Courtney C. Radsch

GIFCT may be the most important acronym you’ve never heard of, and it is posed to change the way the internet is governed in radical ways.

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