Broader Scope of Russian Election Cyberattacks Revealed


Federal and state officials have confirmed that cyberattacks against state voting systems during the 2016 election were more widespread than previously disclosed to the public, but they said the heightened activity did not impact final vote tallies. The confirmations follow Tuesday’s Bloomberg report, citing three unnamed sources, that attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election were much greater than previously disclosed to the public. Still, officials pushed back on the revelation that 39 states were “hit” by Russian attackers.

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Newsweek Joins Growing Club of Possible Russian Cyberattack Targets


Newsweek is the latest media institution to get caught up in a series of cyberattacks that have targeted major government, political and media organizations, raising suspicions of links to Russia. The news magazine sustained a massive DDoS attack the day after it published a cover story about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s business activities in the late 1990s. Officials linked to the real estate mogul allegedly spent tens of thousands of dollars to seek out potential new business in Cuba, possibly violating U.S. law.

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Hackers hijack 'smart devices' in huge cyberattack

Several “massive” cyberattacks were launched last week, with an “army” of security cameras and DVRs being hijacked by hackers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Feds Warn States to Batten Down Hatches Following Election System Attacks


The FBI has launched investigations into malicious cyberattacks on the electronic election infrastructures in Illinois and Arizona, and federal officials last month warned states to take steps to protect their systems as the presidential campaign heats up, according to reports that surfaced this week. The attacks, dating back to June, led to the illegal download of information on more than 200,000 Illinois voters, leading to a 10-day shutdown of the state’s voter registration system. Hackers also penetrated systems in Arizona.

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Companies need to start making security part of their brands, experts say

As the number of cyberattacks continue to mount, security experts said Monday that consumers are starting to demand that companies show they are taking the issue seriously and are going to start punishing those that don’t.

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US Army website hit by hackers, Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility

Just hours after President Obama stated that cyberattacks against American interests were certain to increase, the official website of the U.S. Army was targeted by hackers.

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Utah sees huge hike in cyberattacks, which may be targeted at NSA

Utah faces up to 300 million cyberattacks against its state databases every day, up from 25,000 to 30,000 attempted attacks just five years ago.

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NSA cyberwarfare could pick the wrong targets, Snowden says

The National Security Agency is planning to combat cyberattacks from overseas with a sophisticated yet highly risky program code-named ‘MonsterMind,’ warns whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Data Fortress 101: Is it possible to make a computer that’s totally invulnerable to the NSA?

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Given everything we’ve learned about software vulnerability, NSA cyber-attacks, and widespread online crime, is it even possible to achieve total, complete security?

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Hacker who helped feds gets no more time in prison

A computer hacker who helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets and cripple the hacktivist crew known as Anonymous got a hero’s welcome Tuesday at his sentencing in federal court, where prosecutors hugged him after he was spared more prison time.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/05/27/prosecutors-say-hacker-helped-thwart-hundreds-cyberattacks/

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