Cyber Security News

  • Pentagon Creates Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy

    April 1, 2024

    On March 21, President Joe Biden nominated Michael Sulmeyer, principal cyber adviser to the secretary of the Army, to serve as assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, or ASD(CP). Ashley Manning, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is currently performing the duties of ASD(CP). According to the department, the ASD(CP) will oversee and certify ...

  • Google agrees to wipe browsing data to put consumer privacy lawsuit to rest

    April 1, 2024

    Google will destroy a large cache of consumer data to settle a lawsuit that claimed the Chrome web search engine was tracking incognito users. The settlement, which is valued between $5 billion and $7.8 billion, was hashed out in Oakland, California, federal court, Reuters reported. The lawsuit began in 2020, spanning over 136 million consumers using ...

  • What we know about the xz Utils backdoor that almost infected the world

    April 1, 2024

    On Friday, a lone Microsoft developer rocked the world when he revealed a backdoor had been intentionally planted in xz Utils, an open source data compression utility available on almost all installations of Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. The person or people behind this project likely spent years on it. They were likely very close ...

  • Funding delivered to upgrade Fort Eisenhower’s Cyber Center of Excellence

    April 1, 2024

    U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is delivering $163 million in funding to upgrade Fort Eisenhower’s Cyber Center of Excellence. The funding comes after the Ft. Eisenhower Cyber Center Enhancement Act through the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act was passed, which authorized the construction of new classrooms at the Cyber Center of Excellence. Ossoff’s team says the funding ...

  • Scottish law firm Scullion Law suffers cyber attack

    March 31, 2024

    Scullion Law, which has offices on George Street Edinburgh, as well as in Glasgow, Hamilton and Madrid, had 155GB of data stolen in the attack by Black Basta. A spokesperson for the award-winning firm said: “We can confirm that we were recently the victim of a cyberattack. “We promptly notified the ICO and The Law Society ...

  • AT&T data breach: Millions of customers’ data found on dark web

    March 30, 2024

    AT&T announced on Saturday it is investigating a data breach involving the personal information of more than 70 million current and former customers leaked on the dark web. According to information about the breach on the company’s website, 7.6 million current account holders and 65.4 million former account holders have been impacted. An AT&T press release ...

  • OpenAI’s new ‘Voice Engine’ clones your voice in only 15 seconds

    March 30, 2024

    As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance rapidly, ChatGPT maker OpenAI is at the forefront of this progress. The research lab has unveiled a powerful new voice cloning technology called Voice Engine. With just a 15-second audio sample, it can generate a synthetic copy of a person’s voice described as “natural-sounding” and “emotive.” While the company ...

  • HPSCI: Bill Seeks to Expand Surveillance Powers to Combat International Drug Trafficking

    March 30, 2024

    In a significant move on Capitol Hill, Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), both serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, this week introduced a groundbreaking bipartisan bill aimed at bolstering the United States’ efforts against international drug trafficking networks. The Enhancing Intelligence Collection on Foreign Drug Traffickers Act of 2024 proposes ...

  • Backdoor found in widely used Linux utility targets encrypted SSH connections

    March 29, 2024

    Researchers have found a malicious backdoor in a compression tool that made its way into widely used Linux distributions, including those from Red Hat and Debian. The compression utility, known as xz Utils, introduced the malicious code in versions ​​5.6.0 and 5.6.1, according to Andres Freund, the developer who discovered it. There are no known reports ...

  • Massachusetts healthcare provider warns patients of data breach

    March 29, 2024

    A Massachusetts healthcare provider is warning patients of a recently discovered data breach that compromised some personal information. Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization, a Mass General Brigham Incorporated member, is notifying individuals of an incident it became aware of on Jan. 29, 2024, involving some patients’ personal information. Read more… Source: MSN News