Anonymity needs fading for hackers | DDoS attacks on the rise | Department of Energy researchers work to protect power grids
September 24, 2018
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Anonymity needs fading for hackers
Anonymity needs fading for hackers
While remaining incognito was once vital for hackers, many are now going public, per outed hackers who spoke at the recent Defcon, a hacking convention. Aliases are still important, but revealing themselves helps hackers use their experience to land high-level cybersecurity gigs.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/22) 
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DDoS attacks on the rise
Politicians and national infrastructure systems are being targeted more with distributed-denial-of-service attacks. In a new survey, IT departments reported 7.5 million DDoS attacks in 2017, a result of more sophisticated tools that are better able to bypass detection.
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Department of Energy researchers work to protect power grids
A team of Berkeley-area Department of Energy researchers is using low-cost security sensors to help track electric grid activity. The monitoring system augments more expensive sensors used on main grids to better detect potential cyberattacks.
Government Computer News (9/21) 
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Failure to patch bug makes Windows systems vulnerable
Microsoft confirmed a bug in May but failed to fix it before a 120-day deadline. A patch is expected in October, but meanwhile, the bug -- which resides in Microsoft Jet Database Engine -- could allow remote attacks on vulnerable systems.
The Hacker News (India) (9/21) 
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Insurance industry hopes states will implement new cybersecurity program
The new cybersecurity guidelines from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners have been endorsed by the Treasury Department. The NAIC hopes all states will follow South Carolina's lead and implement the model law, which protects consumer information.
Insurance Journal (9/21) 
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US gears up to deter vote hackers
The US will be going on offense in a bid to combat foreign hackers who may try to interfere with this fall's elections, the White House announced. The strategy, which includes new cyber protection guidance, is designed to "demonstrate to adversaries that the cost of their engaging in operations against us is higher than they want to bear," said White House National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Reuters (9/20) 
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Report examines level of DMARC implementation in federal agencies
A report released by email security firm Agari revealed that the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance protocol has been fully implemented by the Health and Human Services Department for 105 of 118 domains and has been implemented by the agency at some level for 114 domains as of Sept. 14, taking the lead in DMARC implementation among federal agencies. The General Services Administration follows HHS in the number of domains secured, having fully implemented the protocol on 86 domains and achieved some level of DMARC on 94 domains.
Health IT Security (9/21) 
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