Category: US News

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 02 November 2018

China Telecom and BGP Hijacking In an article in Military Cyber Affairs, researchers claim to have uncovered evidence that China Telecom has been deliberately using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking to selectively divert internet traffic originating in the US and Canada through China.   Source: Military Cyber Affairs, China’s Maxim – Leave No Access Point […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 3 August 2018

VPNFilter In July 2018, the VPNFilter malware reportedly tied to a Russian military intelligence agency infected a chlorine station connected to Ukrainian water treatment and sewage plants. This intrusion is the latest in a string of disruptive Russian cyberattacks to target critical infrastructure in the past three years. VPNFilter also made news in the US […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 21 MAY 2018

Tennessee County Elections Targeted by Cyberattacks A Tennessee county elections website was the target of a cyberattack that crashed the site on primary election night while a network intrusion was quietly taking place at the same time. A vote total reporting website in Knox County was targeted by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 22 June 2018

A cyberattack on a US Navy contractor resulted in the theft of sensitive military plans in this latest incident of Chinese industrial espionage targeting military contractors. Government hackers working for China’s Ministry of State Security have stolen 614 gigabytes of “highly sensitive” from a US Navy contractor. According to a Washington Post article, the data […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 20 March 2018

DHS and FBI Alert Warns of Russian Government Cyberattacks Targeting Critical Infrastructure On Thursday, March 15, 2018, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint Technical Alert warning about “Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, […]

The New Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process Charter

An updated “Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process for the United States Government” charter was released on 15 NOV 2017 and describes the decision-making process for determining whether new vulnerabilities found by US government departments and agencies are disclosed or restricted.   According to the White House Fact Sheet (pdf) on the Vulnerability Equities Process (VEP), […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 09 NOV 2017

Chinese APTs Renew Corporate Espionage Operations Against US Companies Two years after the US and China agreed not to conduct or support cyber operations against each other in ways that would affect the commercial sector, new threat intelligence research from PwC seems to indicate that China has recently renewed corporate espionage efforts targeting US companies […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 06 OCT 2017

Yahoo Breaches Affected All 3 Billion Accounts The 2013-2016 Yahoo data breaches that affected 1 billion user accounts were infamous for being the largest on record since they were announced in December 2016. On 3 October, Yahoo announced that the 2013 breach was larger than previously thought, likely affecting all of the 3 billion Yahoo […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 29 SEPT 2017

Deloitte Data Breach Multinational accounting and auditing firm Deloitte was the victim of a major cyberattack that lead to unauthorized access to the company’s internal email systems. Staff and client data was stolen, including usernames, passwords, IP addresses, business diagrams, and health information and email “attachments with sensitive security and design details.” When did it […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 22 SEPT 2017

Kaspersky Products Banned from US Federal Government Systems The US Department of Homeland Security ordered a purge of all security products originating from Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab over national security concerns. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on 13 September “issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) directing Federal Executive Branch departments and agencies […]