The physical breach of the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob, members of which allegedly accessed lawmakers' systems and stole devices, offers cybersecurity professional lessons to learn on authentication, encryption and more, says cybersecurity expert Brian Honan.
Investigators probing the supply chain attack that hit SolarWinds say attackers successfully hacked the company's Microsoft Visual Studio development tools to add a backdoor into Orion network monitoring security software builds. They warn that other vendors may have been similarly subverted.
A vulnerability in a GitHub repository belonging to the United Nations Environment Program exposed over 100,000 employee records, including personally identifiable information, contact details and other sensitive data, according to a group of independent security researchers. The flaw has been patched.
The U.S. federal court system is investigating an "apparent compromise" of a confidential electronic filing system used for sensitive legal documents. Meanwhile, it has suspended its use of the hacked SolarWinds' Orion system and changed document security procedures while conducting an audit.
After the occupation of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters Wednesday, an emergency response plan to ensure federal computers were locked down apparently was not activated, some experts say. As a result, federal security teams are likely scrambling to detect and repair any damage done.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.
The U.S. National Security Agency has released guidance on how the Defense Department, other federal agencies and the contractors that support them should replace obsolete encryption protocols that can enable cyber intrusions. NSA also advises other organizations to take the same steps.
As investigators probe the SolarWinds hack, they're finding that the supply chain campaign appears to have deeply compromised more than the 50 organizations originally suspected. Meanwhile, the federal agencies overseeing the investigation now officially believe a Russian-linked hacking group is responsible.
Citrix is urging customers to implement a newly provided enhancement to its ADC and Gateway devices that is designed to block attackers from abusing the Datagram Transport Layer Security, or DTLS, protocol to amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks.
Lawmakers who participated in the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission applauded Congress' override of President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, pointing to its 77 cybersecurity provisions, including restoration of the position of national cyber director at the White House.
A firmware vulnerability in about 100,000 Zyxel products, including VPN gateways, access point controllers and firewalls, can be used to install a hardcoded backdoor that could give threat actors remote administrative privileges, according to the security firm Eye Control. Users are urged to patch the flaw.
To enhance organizations' security postures in the year ahead, CISOs must strengthen authentication processes, increase the use of network segmentation tools and deploy effective threat intelligence capabilities, two CISOs recommend.
Federal, state and local governments are among the many victims of the supply chain attack that backdoored the SolarWinds' Orion network-monitoring software, and victims "may need to rebuild all network assets" being monitored by the software, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warns.
He's commanded armed forces, directed the National Security Agency, and now he is president of vendor IronNet Cybersecurity. From this unique perspective, retired General Keith Alexander says the SolarWinds breach is "a call for action."