US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

Any rule that SolarWinds violates would be a new one, he argues, given that the hacking campaign was by all appearances focused on the kind of cyberespionage US intelligence agencies routinely carry out, with no clear evidence that it was intended to cause disruptive effects.

7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone

7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone

FEMA via Victoria Feng FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is known to help Americans during natural disasters, but did you know they also have an app to help prepare before, during, and after an event?

A Second SolarWinds Hack Deepens Third-Party Software Fears

A Second SolarWinds Hack Deepens Third-Party Software Fears

It now appears that Russia wasn't alone; Reuters reports that suspected Chinese hackers independently exploited a different flaw in SolarWinds products last year at around the same time, apparently hitting the US Department of Agriculture's National Finance Center.

How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home

How to Get Great Tech Support—From Home

Thank God. When I left my corporate advertising job to freelance full-time from my home near Philadelphia, I luxuriated in the freedom of being my own boss, but I quickly discovered that some needs can’t be satisfied solo.

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

There will be more news to come about the SolarWinds supply chain attack and possible other elements of the extensive campaign, but in the meantime officials, security practitioners, and researchers are all puzzling over questions of where to draw the line on global espionage and how to deter destructive and otherwise unacceptable hacking.

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

Not Even William Barr Buys Trump’s Election Nonsense

Even if the Justice Department had produced large-scale fraud allegations, that alone would not have been enough to change the results of the election.

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

Biden Must Repair—and Reinvigorate—Tech Diplomacy

The Trump administration did no favors with respect to the diplomats responsible for digital issues; it cut the State Department’s overall budget, minimized the importance of its technology work, and pulled the rug out from underneath those working in areas like free internet access and 5G supply chain policy.

Can Biden Make Climate Progress With a Divided Congress? Actually, Yeah

Can Biden Make Climate Progress With a Divided Congress? Actually, Yeah

If Biden can get Congress to pass his trillion-dollar stimulus plan , earmarking 10 percent of that to fight climate change “can add up and be impactful,” Light says.

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

And when one cybersecurity researcher named Mike Assante dug into the details of that attack, he recognized a grid-hacking idea invented not by Russian hackers, but by the United State government, and tested a decade earlier.

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

An Insider's Look at How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

Weissmann’s book is the first to emerge from the famously tight-lipped special counsel’s office, and he paints an eloquent and ultimately dispiriting picture of a talented team of some of the nation’s best investigators stymied on three sides: by uncooperative witnesses, by Mueller’s “punctilious[ness] about due process and rectitude,” and most of all by a president who on multiple occasions criminally obstructed justice.

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

The October issue of WIRED took a close , in-depth look at the state of election security.

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

How Does a Sturgis-Sized Crowd Affect Covid? It's Complicated

“Both policymakers and voters need to know that we still cannot answer most basic questions about this pandemic with the tools we have on hand,” says Douglass, who has been a vocal Twitter critic of the type of studies like the one published this week about Sturgis, and has coauthored a forthcoming paper on similar shortcomings in the rapidly ballooning Covid literature .

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

The Trump Administration Continues to Erode Election Security

Even as senior government officials continue to raise alarms about foreign actors seeking to attack the election, the major entities of federal government that share responsibility for election security—the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees and coordinates the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies—have taken steps that appear to undermine or compromise the nation’s ability to conduct a fair and free election in November and combat foreign interference.

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

In a series of civil and criminal complaints and forfeiture notices released today, the Justice Department has revealed that it seized hundreds of bitcoin and ethereum accounts, millions of dollars, and four websites from known Islamic extremist groups that were using those accounts and funds to support terrorist operations.

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI

In February, the House passed a bill that blocks the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies like FEMA and Customs and Border Protection from buying foreign drones.

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Julian Assange Faces New Conspiracy Allegations

Security researchers have long insisted, though, that there is no technical way to build a backdoor in encryption for law enforcement that won't fundamentally undermine the protection.But Evil Corp's activity is notable, because the group was indicted by the Justice Department in December for hacking.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

The Hypocrisy of Mike Pompeo

As a Tea Party, Koch-backed member of Congress, he built his political reputation almost solely on two issues: lambasting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Benghazi attack and her email server, and more broadly, attacking the Obama administration’s Iran deal at every turn.

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Orders and Reopens Tesla's Factory

In a statement, Alameda County Public Health Department spokesperson Neetu Balram said the department was aware Tesla had restarted production, but that it hoped the company would comply with public health orders “without further enforcement measures.” Balram said Tesla was due to submit a site-specific plan to reopen on Monday.

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

On Monday, the US Department of Defense officially released three videos depicting encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena .

The Pentagon Hasn't Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

The Pentagon Hasn't Fixed Basic Cybersecurity Blind Spots

Now a new report from the Government Accountability Office is highlighting systemic shortcomings in the Pentagon's efforts to prioritize cybersecurity at every level and making seven recommendations for shoring up DoD's digital defenses.

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

We ran lots of tests, panels for normal domestic cat infectious diseases.” Although the Covid-19 pandemic had hit humans living in areas around the zoo hard, it wasn’t initially assumed to be the likely culprit.

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The 'Robo Revenge' App Makes It Easy to Sue Robocallers

The company has put a $50 million infusion towards building out features that make it not just secure, but accessible to normals .A Clever New App Makes Suing Robocallers a CinchThe good people at DoNotPay have previously automated the arduous processes of fighting parking tickets and canceling subscriptions.

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

Ruehle says the new software is significantly more accurate than his department's conventional ALPR system, correctly reading plates about 97 percent of the time, compared with about 80 percent for the older technology.

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

The Department of Transportation rolled out a new policy on self-driving cars that’s mostly a continuation of what it’s doing now.A provocative concept car from Sony , of all companies, seems to prove that infotainment is going to keep being super important in the automotive space.

Please Stop Sending Terrifying Alerts to My Cell Phone

Please Stop Sending Terrifying Alerts to My Cell Phone

Blue Alerts are mass notifications, now used in 35 states, that are sent to mobile phones and flashed on electronic highway signs when a suspect on the loose is thought to be an “imminent and credible threat to law enforcement.” The hope is that pinging the public will lead to tips for the police, and then a speedier capture.

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

The DSS deploys its special agents to almost 300 embassies and consulates globally, in addition to facilities in the United States.

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Vermont’s Department of Labor wrote in a 2017 bulletin that the “usual course of [Uber]’s business is the provision of a technology platform to its drivers, in exchange for a service fee.” But one federal judge in California called the distinction between technology and transportation company “fatally flawed.” (Uber settled that lawsuit by workers in March 2019, for $20 million.).

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached

After months of scandals around the security camera Ring and its controversial partnerships with law enforcement , perhaps it was inevitable that the Amazon-owned company would face a far more common sort of scandal for sellers of internet-connected consumer surveillance devices: They can be hacked.

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

Security researcher Oliver Hough found a database with information related to 51,000 customer service interactions, which included some personally identifiable information and full online chats.