The White House National Security Council this week kicked off its international counter-ransomware event with participation from more than 30 nations. This gathering aims to elevate both law enforcement collaboration and diplomatic efforts. Noticeably absent from the summit: Russia.
Dutch cybercrime police have a message for almost 30 users of an on-demand distributed denial-of-service site: We see what you're doing; now cut it out or we're going to arrest you. And not for the first time, the move shows police in Europe emphasizing ethical hacking pursuits instead for young adults.
In an effort to bolster endpoint protection within the U.S. government, the White House is ordering federal agencies to allow CISA to access existing deployments. It is also setting timelines for improving the protection of workstations, mobile phones and servers.
A congressional letter sent to the heads of four federal agencies expressed an urgent need for the Biden administration to continue combating ransomware. This includes a particular focus on the cryptocurrency infrastructure that is enabling these cyberattacks, four Democratic lawmakers say.
The U.S. Department of Justice said this week it will pursue government contractors that fail to report cybersecurity incidents. The department also announced the formation of a Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team to prosecute the misuse of virtual currencies.
U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require the reporting of ransom payments within 48 hours of the transaction. The bill would also require DHS to create a voluntary website to log ransom payments and task the department with studying ransomware and cryptocurrencies.
The expanded recall of insulin pump devices due to vulnerabilities that pose the risk of injury or death to patients and a recent malpractice lawsuit alleging that the effects of a ransomware attack led to a baby's death are the latest warnings of dangers posed by security issues in medical gear.
Four federal agencies have been awarded $311 million to bolster the U.S. government's cyber defenses and address IT modernization challenges, according to the interagency board of the Technology Modernization Fund, a federal funding source, which made the announcement Thursday.
A bipartisan effort to implement cybersecurity incident reporting and the tracking of ransomware payments has been introduced by leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. While it differs from legislation introduced in July, lawmakers hope to reconcile the bills.
Cybersecurity and computer science experts testifying before Congress on Tuesday expressed concerns about their inability to access key social media data sets that could allow them to analyze and potentially counter the spread of misinformation.
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Lisa J. Pino - a former Department of Homeland Security official charged with mitigating the massive 2015 cyberattack on Office of Personnel Management - as the new director of its HIPAA enforcement agency.
Republican lawmakers have expressed additional concerns around Chinese telecom giant Huawei to the nation's top diplomat. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Mike Gallagher outline Huawei's global cloud services and seek answers on privacy concerns.
As the Senate Homeland Security Committee considers new cyber rules and regulations for U.S. critical infrastructure, lawmakers heard testimony from CISA's Jen Easterly and National Cyber Director Chris Inglis on Thursday in support of these measures, which include updates to FISMA.
U.S. FBI and Department of Homeland Security leaders fielded several cybersecurity questions from House lawmakers Wednesday, particularly around the surge in ransomware attacks, diplomatic efforts to curb ransomware's financial model, and the nation-states that harbor cybercriminals.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted Russia-based cryptocurrency exchange Suex for allegedly laundering tens of millions of dollars for ransomware operators, scammers and darknet markets. It is the first such designation for a virtual currency exchange.