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California's IoT Security Law Causing Confusion
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The law, which goes into effect January 1, requires manufacturers to equip devices with 'reasonable security feature(s).' What that entails is still an open question.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/19/2019
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Attackers Hit Ceiling in Ransomware Demands
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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New Bedford, Massachusetts' refusal to pay a $5.3 million ransom highlights how victim towns and cities may be hitting the limit to what they're willing to spend to speed recovery.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/5/2019
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Rising Fines Will Push Breach Costs Much Higher
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The cost of breaches will rise by two-thirds over the next five years, exceeding an estimated $5 trillion in 2024, primarily driven by higher fines as more jurisdictions punish companies for lax security.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 9/4/2019
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Bug Bounties Continue to Rise, but Market Has Its Own 1% Problem
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The average payout for a critical vulnerability has almost reached $3,400, but only the top bug hunters of a field of 500,000 are truly profiting.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/29/2019
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Fancy Bear Dons Plain Clothes to Try to Defeat Machine Learning
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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An analysis of a sample published by the US government shows Russian espionage group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, has stripped down its initial infector in an attempt to defeat ML-based defenses.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/28/2019
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Texas Towns Recover, but Local Governments Have Little Hope for Respite from Ransomware
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Their struggles underscore the difficulties for small towns in dealing with cyberattacks.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/22/2019
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Towns Across Texas Hit in Coordinated Ransomware Attack
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The state government and cybersecurity groups have mobilized to respond to a mass ransomware attack that simultaneously hit 22 different towns statewide.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/19/2019
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North Korean Cyber Ops Reportedly Stole $2B to Fund Weapons Programs
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Unlike many nations, North Korea often engages in cyber operations to generate much-needed cash for the country's coffers. In that respect, its hackers have been extremely successful.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/7/2019
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8 Head-Turning Ransomware Attacks to Hit City Governments
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer
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Hackers know vulnerable systems when they see them, and they also know this: Many government systems are decades old, running Windows 7 and even Windows XP.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 8/5/2019
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Cisco Pays $8.6M in First False Claims Suit for Vulnerabilities in Security Product
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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A security consultant reported vulnerabilities in Cisco's Video Surveillance Manager in 2009 but the company ignored the issues and fired the consultant.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 8/1/2019
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6 Actions That Made GDPR Real in 2019
Steve Zurier, Contributing Writer
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In the wake of recent fines levied against British Airways, Marriott, and Facebook, companies are starting to take data privacy and security more seriously.
By Steve Zurier Contributing Writer, 7/22/2019
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US Mayors Commit to Just Saying No to Ransomware
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The group of more than 1,400 top elected municipal officials takes the admirable, recommended stance against paying ransoms. However, can towns and cities secure their information technology infrastructure to withstand attacks?
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 7/16/2019
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US Military Warns Companies to Look Out for Iranian Outlook Exploits
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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Microsoft patched a serious vulnerability in the Microsoft Outlook client in 2017, but an Iranian group continues to exploit the flaw.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 7/3/2019
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Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Satellite & Space Systems
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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As nation-states and rogue actors increasingly probe critical infrastructure, policy and technology experts worry that satellite and space systems are on the front lines.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 7/2/2019
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How Hackers Infiltrate Open Source Projects
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading
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The dependency trees of modern software-development make smaller open-source projects vulnerable to hackers sabotaging code.
By Curtis Franklin Jr. Senior Editor at Dark Reading, 6/27/2019
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Companies on Watch After US, Iran Claim Cyberattacks
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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With the cyber conflict between the United States and Iran ramping up, companies traditionally targeted by the countries such as those in the oil and gas and financial industries need to bolster their security efforts, experts say.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/25/2019
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Pledges to Not Pay Ransomware Hit Reality
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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While risk analysts and security experts continue to urge companies to secure systems against ransomware, they are now also advising that firms be ready to pay.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/21/2019
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Utilities, Nations Need Better Plan Against Critical Infrastructure Attackers
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The attackers behind the Triton, or Xenotime, intrusions into critical infrastructure (CI) safety systems are testing their skills against electric power companies. Options for defense are still limited, however.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/17/2019
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Apple Pledges Privacy, Beefs Up Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer
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The company hits back at the data economy and fellow tech giants Facebook and Google by announcing its own single sign-on service. A host of other iterative security improvements are on their way as well.
By Robert Lemos Contributing Writer, 6/12/2019
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Feds Make New Arrest in Darkode Case
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer
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Another American was arrested and charged alongside three international suspects who remain at large, according to newly unsealed indictment.
By Ericka Chickowski Contributing Writer, 6/6/2019
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