Cybersecurity

New Homeland Security Initiative To Fight Ransomware Before The 2020 Election

Reuters reports, the U.S. government is planning a program focusing on protecting voter registration databases from ransomware ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The initiative will be led by the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Local governments have been targeted by ransomware in several recent high profile attacks […]

Cybersecurity

Municipal Governments In Texas Struggle After Ransomware Attack

Last week 22 local governments in Texas were hit with a crippling coordinated ransomware attack. Now many municipalities are still struggling to restore services, highlighting how vulnerable government bodies are to cyber-attacks. Currently, the Texas Department of Information Resources, the Texas Military Department, and the Texas A&M University System’s Cyberresponse and Security Operations Center teams […]

Cybersecurity

Digital Identity Sales Rise On Newly Popular ‘Wark Web’ Market

The dark web a part of the internet accessible via special software, like tore, where people often buy and sell illicit products and services. A report from threat intelligence company IntSights Inc. details the rise of a “dark web” forum specializing in selling digital identities the market offers stolen “digital fingerprints” of a user’s web browsing history. […]

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YouTube Ending Targeted Ads on Videos Aimed at Kids

Bloomberg reports that YouTube executives are finalizing plans to end “targeted” advertisements on videos kids are likely to watch. This is widely believed to be the result of a Federal Trade Commission investigation into whether YouTube breached the Children’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA). Reportedly the FTC reached a settlement with YouTube, but has not released the terms. […]