The Cybersecurity (CS) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary for cybersecurity professionals. It is transmitted in an HTML-formatted email and provides links to articles and news summaries across a spectrum of cybersecurity topics.
Ransomware Risk from Over 140 Million Websites - SC Magazine
Around 142 million legitimate websites could be serving up ransomware to their unwitting users due to out-of-date software, according to a new study.
U.S. Navy is developing the Resilient Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical Security (RHIMES) system, a cyber protection system designed to make its shipboard mechanical and electrical control systems resilient to cyber attacks.
A high-level hacking group dubbed Iron Tiger has been observed stealing trillions of bytes of confidential data from the United States government, US defense contractors and related companies in the United States and abroad.
Feds Seek a Cyberattack Forecaster - Washington Examiner
Federal intelligence services are seeking a developer to create software that can predict cyber threats before they emerge.
The Chinese Cyber Threat in the South China Sea - The Diplomat
As China expands its foothold in the Spratly islands, piling sand and building airstrips on the contested reefs in the middle of the South China Sea, the world has turned its attention back to the territorial disputes that have lingered in the region for decades.
Pentagon Designing Cyber ‘Scorecard’ to Stay Ahead of Hackers - The Fiscal Times
The U.S. Defense Department is building a massive, electronic system to provide an overview of the vulnerabilities of the military's computer networks, weapons systems, and installations, and help officials prioritize how to fix them.
Turla APT group managed to remain invisible by cleverly hiding from law enforcement and cyber-security firms. Now, Kaspersky Lab claims to have identified the way this group succeeded in disguising itself by using satellite Internet connections to hide their C&C (command-and-control) servers.
DD4BC Extortionist Group Launched Over 140 DDoS Attacks: Akamai - Security Week
DD4BC, an extortionist group that has launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against numerous organizations and demanded Bitcoin payments to stop the attacks.
Hackers have penetrated the IT systems of U.S. health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and gained access to personal, financial and medical information of more than 10 million people.
Russian Pleads Guilty in Major Hacking Case - Security Week
A Russian national accused of hacking payment systems of major retailers and the Nasdaq stock market, resulting in $300 million in losses, pleaded guilty Tuesday to US criminal charges.
LLNL and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will collaborate to expand use of HPC under a recently signed memorandum of understanding.
If you own a mobile device running any Android 5 version but the very last (v5.1.1) and you use a password to lock your device, you will want to update your OS or switch to a PIN or a pattern-based lockscreen.
PIN-Changing, Screen-Locking Android Ransomware - Net-Security
A sophisticated new piece of ransomware targeting Android users and locking them out of their devices by changing the PIN has been discovered by ESET researchers.
Zscaler security researchers have discovered a new Android pornographic app that comes with a twist, secretly taking the user's picture and then using it inside the ransom message.
No Patches Available for Flaws in Cisco Security Appliances - Security Week
Cisco has revealed the existence of denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerabilities in several of its security products. Customers are advised to apply workarounds since software updates are not available for most of the issues.
National Security Agency updated a page on its website with an announcement that it plans to shift the encryption of government and military data away from current cryptographic schemes to new ones, yet to be determined, that can resist an attack by quantum computers.
The $50m Intel Investment that’s Bringing Quantum Computing a Little Closer to the Real World - Zdnet
Thanks to an investment in Dutch research, quantum computing is likely to leave the lab and hit the market a little sooner.
Unhackable Kernel Could Keep all Computers Safe from Cyberattack - New Scientist
From helicopters to medical devices and power stations, mathematical proof that software at the heart of an operating system is secure could keep hackers out.
It is not such a great time to be in the cybersecurity industry when it is your software that is shown to be vulnerable and open to exploit -- which is exactly what has happened to Kaspersky Lab and FireEye, two of the best known cybersecurity companies in the world.
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