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Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers crosshairs

PARIS — The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers crosshairs

PARIS — The same Russian government-aligned hackers who penetrated the Democratic Party have spent the past few months laying the groundwork for an espionage.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

North Korea cyber threat more aggressive than China – US firm

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean hackers are becoming more aggressive than their Chinese counterparts, a leading US cybersecurity firm warned on Tuesday, February 20, as it identified a Pyongyang-linked group as an "advanced persistent threat". It was the first time that FireEye had used the designation for a North Korean-based ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Finnish firm detects new Intel security flaw

PARIS, France – A new security flaw has been found in Intel hardware which could enable hackers to access corporate laptops remotely, Finnish cybersecurity specialist F-Secure said on Friday, January 12. F-Secure said in a statement that the flaw had nothing to do with the "Spectre" and "Meltdown" vulnerabilities recently ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Republicans lose patience with FBI on Russia, Trump campaign ties information – CNN News

Top Republicans in Congress expressed their dissatisfaction Wednesday about getting answers from the FBI, as lawmakers trying to investigate Russia's meddling in the US election say they've continued to see no evidence of President Donald Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor. The FBI's decision to brief the Senate Judiciary Committee comes after the committee's Chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, threatened to not schedule a vote for Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general unless his panel got the FBI briefing he and the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, requested weeks ago. Grassley &'8212; a stalwart Republican with a powerful post &'8212; expressed his exasperation the FBI hours before a private meeting at the Capitol with Comey. He called the scheduled meeting a &'8220;positive step,&'8221; but also added: &'8220;I don't want to say that's enough at this point.&'8221; Grassley said he was frustrated that officials haven't been as forthcoming as lawmakers would like, and said his committee hasn't been given the respect it deserves for its oversight of the executive branch. &'8220;That's very irritating,&'8221; Grassley told CNN. He wasn't the only Republican venting his displeasure: Sen. Lindsay Graham, who sits on a subcommittee that's seeking FBI answers, said earlier that he would subpoena the agency for information if it wasn't provided to him and fellow subcommittee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. &'8220;We wrote a letter &'' Sen. Whitehouse and myself &'' wanting to know if there's evidence of a warrant issued by the Trump campaign,&'8221; the South Carolina Republican told CNN's Chris Cuomo on &'8220;New Day. &'8220;He hasn't answered that letter or confirmed if there's a real investigation of the Trump campaign.&'8221; &'8220;He needs to answer the letter and give the nation some information about what's going on here,&'8221; Graham said. Whitehouse and Graham said later Wednesday they had received a letter from the FBI saying they would respond to their questions next week in a classified letter. It was also announced Wednesday that Comey will testify at the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 hearing and there will be a second hearing in the committee March 28, the committee's chairman said. In a Fox interview with Tucker Carlson Wednesday, the President defended his decision to tweet about wiretapping before producing evidence by hinting &'8212; again without evidence &'8212; that more information will emerge in the weeks to come, presumably proving his point. &'8220;Wiretap covers a lot of different things,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.&'8221; House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes said he does not believe Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped him, but said it's possible Trump communications may have been gathered in &'8220;incidental&'8221; intelligence collection. &'8220;I don't believe Trump Tower was tapped,&'8221; Nunes told reporters Wednesday. &'8220;We don't have any evidence that that took place and, in fact, I don't believe &'8212; just in the last week of time, the people we've talked to &'8212; I don't think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,&'8221; Nunes said at a news conference in reference to the claim originally made by Trump several weeks ago. Nunes and Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said they want to see any evidence of wiretapping by their March 20 hearing or they may also issue a subpoena for the records. Asked if he had seen any evidence that Trump aides spoke with Russian officials other than Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, Nunes said, &'8220;Not that I'm aware of.&'8221; But Schiff added: &'8220;I wouldn't answer that question as categorically as my colleague. We're not privileged to talk about the contents of the investigation but, you know, I think we need to be very precise when we talk about this. And I just don't think that we can answer it categorically in this forum.&'8221; Nunes and Schiff also sent a letter to the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency demanding information on the leaks regarding Russia's contact with Trump advisers by Friday. The two leaders of the House investigation said their work has been stalled so far by trouble accessing computers used by the director of national intelligence &'8212; Schiff said he has been taking handwritten notes when he views evidence. The two have not yet interviewed former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and declined to say whether he would appear at a public hearing. Schiff added that he is very concerned about Trump adviser Roger Stone's admission that he communicated with &'8220;Guccifer 2.0&'8221; &'8212; who was later determined by intelligence agencies to be a Russian hacker or group of hackers. Stone has described his contact with Guccifer as limited to a &'8220;brief exchange with him on Twitter&'8221; and any suggestion otherwise, he told CNN, is &'8220;a fabrication.&'8221; The White House has vacillated on Trump's claims in the last two days. Press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump did not mean literally that Obama personally wiretapped him. But on Tuesday, Spicer said Trump was &'8220;extremely confident&'8221; he would be vindicated by the evidence. &'8220;I think there's significant reporting about surveillance techniques that existed throughout the 2016 election,&'8221; Spicer said, without providing any examples. &'8220;He feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him,&'8221; Spicer said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday he never gave Trump any reason to believe the GOP candidate [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2017

‘I think it was Russia’ – CNN News

President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday he believes Russia was responsible for hacking ahead of the election but contemptuously rejected allegations that Moscow mounted a campaign to compromise him. In his first news conference since winning the election, a combative Trump made clear he will not mute his style when he is inaugurated in nine days. He lashed out at media and political foes alike in a bravura performance. The Trump Tower press conference confirmed the President-elect's deep desire to quickly assert power once he's sworn in. He insisted on moving speedily &'8212; too speedily for some Republicans in Congress &'8212; to replace Obamacare. He also pledged swift action on building a wall along the border with Mexico and nominating a new Supreme Court justice. But it's also clear Trump will take office amid persistent questions about his relationship with Russia. While Trump was at the podium, his nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether the incoming administration will view Russia with sufficient skepticism. At the news conference, Trump finally conceded he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's intelligence agencies were behind hacks on Democratic computers ahead of the election but argued that wouldn't happen again. &'8220;I think it was Russia,&'8221; Trump said. Putin &'8220;should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.&'8221; Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russia despite some Republican opposition, said he did not know if he would get along with Putin and noted it's possible he won't. But he could not resist a swipe at his defeated Democratic election rival, Hillary Clinton. &'8220;Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?&'8221; he asked. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, slamming a &'8220;political witch hunt&'8221; following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also criticized the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence. &'8220;I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,&'8221; Trump said. He said any such move by the agencies would be a &'8220;tremendous blot on their record.&'8221; &'8220;A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,&'8221; Trump said. The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him 01:38 The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump. The news conference, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. Trump appeared beside a large pile of files he claimed were pertinent to the companies that are going to be placed in a trust to be run by his sons. He reiterated that he doesn't plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don't include relevant information After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dillon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump's business interests. She said Trump planned to put in place a structure that will &'8220;completely isolate him from the management of the company.&'8221; &'8220;He further instructed that we build in protections that will assure the American people that the decisions that he makes and the actions he takes as President are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests,&'8221; she said. Trump will place all his financial and business assets in a trust, Dillon said. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, will not enter into any new deals abroad and all domestic deals will be subject to a heavy vetting process. The firm will also appoint a new ethics officer, she said. The President-elect has also terminated a number of deals set to close shortly, a step that had cost him millions of dollars, she said. Dillon argued that the decision had been made not to put all Trump's assets in a blind trust or to divest of all his assets because it would be impractical. She also said that Trump should not be forced to destroy the business that he had built up. &'8220;President Trump can't unknow he owns Trump Tower,&'8221; Dillon said, explaining why a blind trust would not be a workable solution to addressing conflicts of interest issues while he is President. Dillon said Trump would take other actions to avoid the appearance of a conflict over the Emoluments Clause [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Microsoft reveals new ‘internet of things’ platform based on custom Linux kernel

It's a minor revolution: Microsoft has presented its latest security-enhancing solution for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, based on a custom Linux kernel. Azure Sphere is essentially a microcontroller directly connected to the Redmond firm's cloud and managed by a new operating system based on Linux. Azure Sphere is billed as a cloud service for securing Internet of Things devices. The platform is aimed at addressing security issues, considered particularly concerning for everyday connected devices, which are rarely updated and often viewed by experts as being left wide open to hackers. According to Microsoft, the development of Azure Sphere paves the way for a new generatio...Keep on reading: Microsoft reveals new ‘internet of things’ platform based on custom Linux kernel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Cybersecurity roundup: April 8 to April 14, 2018

With a busy week for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook and their related data privacy scandal, it's important to remember that it's not just the social media giant causing problems.  Russia is on its way to blocking privacy-focused messaging app Telegram, while hackers are masking their malware as fake updates for legitimate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Bongbong Marcos won’t run as senator but Imee might 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CbsYQy50as     Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos remains firm in his decision not to run as senator in the 2019 elections but said his sister, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, might join the Senate race.   "No," Marcos toldINQUIRER.netin an interview on Sunday when asked if he would run as senator in next year's mid-term elections.   "My plans are just to continue with my protest and to try [to] quicken the recount as much as possible," Marcos said, being true to his word and having declared this on several occasions already.   He said running for senator would affect his electoral protest aga...Keep on reading: Bongbong Marcos won’t run as senator but Imee might .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Trillanes eyes Senate probe into Cambridge Analytica s role in 2016 polls

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is set to file a resolution calling for a Senate probe into the role of British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 presidential elections. Trillanes said he wants the Senate to investigate reports that the 2016 polls was compromised “through ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Defense chief says China-Russia military ties a signal to US

MOSCOW, Russia --- China's new defense minister says his visit to Russia is a signal to the United States about the increasingly close military ties between Moscow and Beijing. The unusually bold statement Tuesday by Gen. Wei Fenghe at the start of his talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reflected the growing military cooperation between the two former Communist rivals. Speaking in Moscow, Wei emphasized that he chose Russia for his first trip abroad since becoming the international face of China's military last month to "show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic coopera...Keep on reading: Defense chief says China-Russia military ties a signal to US.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

PH banks tougher against cybercrime, group says

Published: 3:37 p.m., April 1, 2018 | Updated: 12:04 a.m., April 2, 2018 The computer systems of the Philippines' largest banks are secure enough to deter any new attempts to use the local financial system as a transit and laundering point for illicit funds, thanks to lessons learned from the Bangladesh cyberheist two years ago. This was said by the head of the Bankers Association of the Philippines' (BAP) cybersecurity committee in the wake of last week's attempt by still unknown hackers to steal funds from the Malaysian central bank through the SWIFT bank messaging system --- the same vulnerability exploited by cyber thieves to steal $81 million from the Bangladesh Bank in 2016. ...Keep on reading: PH banks tougher against cybercrime, group says.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

National ID system: Zarate sees threats to sovereignty, security

A lawmaker warned on Sunday that the National Identification System Bill being fast-tracked in the Senate would not only violate the people's right to privacy but also threaten the country's sovereignty and security. "Aside from the fact that this is an invasion of our people's privacy this measure may have some very serious sovereignty and security implications," Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said in a statement. He said that under proposed legislation, the data to be used under the national ID system would be deposited with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which has entered into a "questionable contract with a US-based firm called Unisys," Zarate earlier filed...Keep on reading: National ID system: Zarate sees threats to sovereignty, security.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

‘Critical’ security flaws found in AMD chips

Washington — Security researchers said Tuesday they discovered flaws in chips made by Advanced Micro Devices that could allow hackers to take over computers and networks. Israeli-based security firm CTS Labs published its research showing “multiple critical security vulnerabilities and exploitable manufacturer backdoors” in AMD chips. CTS itemized 13 flaws, saying they “have the potential […] The post ‘Critical’ security flaws found in AMD chips appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Researchers find ‘critical’ security flaws in AMD chips

WASHINGTON, United States --- Security researchers said Tuesday they discovered flaws in chips made by Advanced Micro Devices that could allow hackers to take over computers and networks. Israeli-based security firm CTS Labs published its research showing "multiple critical security vulnerabilities and exploitable manufacturer backdoors" in AMD chips. CTS itemized 13 flaws, saying they "have the potential to put organizations at significantly increased risk of cyberattacks." The report comes weeks after Intel disclosed similar hardware-based flaws dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, sparking widespread computer security concerns and a congressional inquiry. CTS said the newly di...Keep on reading: Researchers find ‘critical’ security flaws in AMD chips.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Despite Sotto speech, Comelec to still rely on Smartmatic

  BACOLOD CITY---Vote-counting machines (VCMs) provided by an election technology firm that Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III wanted blacklisted were likely to be used in next year's elections, according to a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official.   Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, in a press conference on Wednesday, said at least 92,000 VCMs from Smartmatic could be bought by the Comelec because it would be cheaper than to continue leasing them.   The Comelec, she said, planned to exercise its option to purchase the Smartmatic VCMs because it would be less expensive than renting or buying new machines "from somewhere else." &nb...Keep on reading: Despite Sotto speech, Comelec to still rely on Smartmatic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

EU to present Trump trade war riposte

BRUSSELS -- The EU will Wednesday set out plans to strike back against US President Donald Trump’s threatened steel and aluminum tariffs, with flagship US products such as jeans, motorbikes and whiskey in the crosshairs. No firm decision is expected as Trump has yet to sign into effect his plan….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Cybersecurity roundup: February 25 to March 3, 2018

It's been a busy week. Aside from a new threat to Android devices, there's also the looming threat from a cyberattack against Germany. Moreover, US credit monitoring firm Equifax is in the news again, after it disclosed even more affected individuals in a massive hack against it.  Learn more about this week's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

Cyberattack against German government ongoing

BERLIN, Germany – A cyberattack targeting Germany's government IT network is "ongoing," the parliamentary committee on intelligence issues said Thursday, March 1, without confirming a media report that Russian hackers were behind the assault. "It is a real cyberattack on part of the government system. It's an ongoing process, an ongoing ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

Global cybercrime costs $600 billion annually – study

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – The annual cost of cybercrime has hit $600 billion worldwide, fueled by growing sophistication of hackers and proliferation of criminal marketplaces and cryptocurrencies, researchers said Wednesday, February 21. A report produced by the security firm McAfee with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2018

WATCH: Bong Go takes selfie with Trillanes after Senate frigates probe

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go,  known selfie- and photobomber-king , took a photo with one of his boss' fiercest critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, on Monday, February 19. The moment happened after the 5-hour Senate investigation into the controversial Philippine Navy frigates deal with South Korean firm Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Senator Juan ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018