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.
Army Cyber Command Looks to Build new HQ - Defense Systems
The Army Corps of Engineers recently announced plans to issue an Invitation for Bid on the construction of a new headquarters command and control facility at Fort Gordon, Ga. The facility will also house a cyber protection team operations facility.
Pentagon Memo: U.S. Weapons Open to Cyberattacks - The Daily Beast
The military can't afford to pay top hackers to seal up its systems. That's nothing but good news for those looking to penetrate America's defenses.
Anonymous Takes Credit for DDoS Attacks on Turkey’s DNS Servers, Accuses Turkey of Aiding ISIS - Softpedia
A massive 40 Gbps DDoS attack hit Turkey's root DNS servers managed by NIC.tr, Turkey's administrative body that handles the country's main DNS servers and its .tr domain names inventory.
The volume of data breaches and cyber attacks that marked 2015 could be appropriately described as a 'cascade' or 'torrent', or perhaps 'maelstrom'.
Users who had the misfortune of getting infected with the Gomasom ransomware can now start sending Christmas gifts to Fabian Wosar, security researcher at Emsisoft, who has managed to create a tool for decrypting files locked by this ransomware.
XRTN Ransomware uses Batch Files to Encrypt your Data - Bleeping Computer
A new ransomware called the XRTN Ransomware is in the wild that encrypts your data with RSA-1024 encryption using the open source Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG) encryption software.
TeslaCrypt Ransomware Attacks are Increasing - Computer World
Over the past two weeks security researchers have seen a surge in attacks using a file-encrypting ransomware program called TeslaCrypt, known for targeting gamers in the past.
Stolen medical information is a prevalent problem across multiple industries, according to a new study by Verizon.
A software program that ranks supercomputers on their ability to solve complex problems rather than on raw speed alone continues to gain traction in the high-performance computing community.
A Practical Path To Cybersecurity - Forbes
With the two bills now reconciled by House and Senate negotiators and included in the omnibus budget spending bill, the combined bills join the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which modernized roles, responsibilities, and requirements for management of information security and the National Cybersecurity Protection Act, which codified the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), as significant pieces of legislation to address the growing cybersecurity threat facing the United States.
Obama Signs Cyberthreat Information Sharing Bill - Gov Info Security
On Dec. 18, both houses of Congress enacted the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which is part of a 2,009-page $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill (see page 1,729). CISA will establish a process for the government to share cyberthreat information with businesses that voluntarily agree to participate in the program.
Long-delayed Cyber Bill Included in Omnibus - The Hill
A long-delayed cybersecurity bill was included in the sweeping omnibus spending deal released early.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is vowing to lead the charge on legislation that would require companies to decrypt data under court order.
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced that it has pushed back the mandatory migration date for TLS 1.1 encryption or higher for organizations that process online or offline payments.
Investigators of the Paris attacks have evidence they believe indicates that some of the terrorists used encrypted apps to plan the strikes, officials briefed on the inquiry told CNN.
Security researchers have found six vulnerabilities in the products of four vendors of NMSs (Network Management Systems), four cross-site scripting (XSS) and two SQL injection (SQLi) flaws.
The administration releases a new strategy to improve the U.S. government's participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity.
Last week two research groups, one at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Col., and one at the University of Oxfordreported experiments in which particles of different species were entangled for the first time.
Before it even had a chance to be deployed within real-world applications, a group of Swedish scientists have already found a way to break quantum cryptography, a novel, advanced concept for encrypting data using the law of physics themselves.
Pressing the backspace key 28 times can bypass the Grub2 bootloader's password protection and allow a hacker to install malware on a locked-down Linux system.
Two security researchers working for Google have discovered a simple method of compromising FireEye security products, which, ironically, are installed to prevent a network's computers from being compromised.
DARPA on the Hunt for ‘Early Warning’ Cyberattack Detection Technology - Fierce Government IT
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will bring together potential proposers on Dec. 14 to give industry more information on its cyber threat monitoring needs in advance of forthcoming solicitations under a broad agency announcement known as the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization, or RADICS, program.
Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructure - Department of Homeland Security
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DHS Cyber Security Strategy (“Blueprint for a Secure Cyber Future”, 2011) - Department of Homeland Defense
Trustworthy CyberSpace: Strategic Plan For The Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program - NITRD
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