In his first remarks about the massive hacking operation that leveraged a tainted SolarWinds Orion software update, President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed the seriousness of the incident and contradicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had pointed a finger at Russia.
The NSA has issued a warning about two hacking techniques that could allow threat actors to access cloud resources by bypassing authentication mechanisms. The alert follows a week's worth of revelations over the SolarWinds breach that has affected government agencies and other organizations.
Lawmakers are pressing government agencies for answers following disclosures this week about an advanced persistent threat group's massive hacking campaign involving compromised SolarWinds Orion network management software. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday Russians "engaged in this activity."
Microsoft says it has removed malware related to an expansive hacking campaign that has ensnared thousands of organizations and U.S. government agencies. Meanwhile, CISA warns the SolarWinds Orion supply chain compromise may not be the only infection vector.
Intel and Cisco are among the thousands of SolarWinds Orion customers that were running a Trojanized version of the security software. FireEye, together with Microsoft and GoDaddy, have devised a "kill switch" to disrupt attackers' ability to access the malware on at least some infected systems.
Christopher Krebs, who was recently fired by President Donald Trump from his role as director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, reiterated at a U.S. House committee hearing Wednesday that the November election was not tainted by cyberthreats.
Five U.S. government agencies have been hit so far via a sophisticated supply chain attack. The intrusions appear linked to subverted software updates for SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring product, which is widely used by businesses and the U.S. government.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has upheld its designation of Chinese telecom company Huawei as a national security threat, rejecting the firm's appeal of the ruling. Meanwhile, it's starting proceedings that could revoke China Telecom's permission to provide communications services within the U.S.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of why the FireEye breach is a wake-up call for the cybersecurity industry. Also featured: Monero cryptocurrency scams; key considerations for cloud security.
The Norwegian parliament's investigation into the hacking of email accounts of some elected officials and government employees in August has found that the Russia-linked group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, is likely responsible.
A hacking group behind an Android spyware variant has recently added fresh capabilities that include the ability to snoop on private chats on Skype, Instagram and WhatsApp, according to ReversingLabs. This APT group, believed to be tied to Iran, has recently been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
FireEye, one of the world's top cybersecurity firms, says attackers stole its penetration testing tools and sought information about government clients. But FireEye doesn't believe the suspected nation-state hackers exfiltrated any data.
Another federal judge is blocking the Trump administration's attempt to ban the Chinese-made social media app TikTok from being used in the U.S. The White House claims that the data the app collects on American users poses a national security threat.