US takes steps to protect electric system from cyberattacks

This Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 file photo shows power lines in Houston. The Biden administration is taking steps to protect the country's electric system from cyberattacks through a new 100-day initiative combining federal government agencies and private industry. The initiative was announced Tuesday by the Energy Department. (AP Photo/David J....

How safe are your data when you book a COVID vaccine?

How safe are your data when you book a COVID vaccine?

The list of personal information HealthEngine may collect from patients booking an appointment with a health professional. Screenshot The Australian government has appointed the commercial company HealthEngine to establish a national booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations. Selected through a Department of Health limited select tender process, the platform is being...

Microsoft defends against new threat to Exchange

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Microsoft on Tuesday moved to defend against a dangerous new threat to Exchange email servers while the fight continued against hackers taking advantage of a flaw patched last month. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, called on government...

Resilience against replay attacks in computer systems

Resilience against replay attacks in computer systems

Credit: Public Domain From power grids and telecommunications to water supply and financial systems, digital data controls the infrastructure systems on which society relies. These complex, multi-tier systems depend on layered communications to accomplish their tasks—yet every point of contact becomes a potential target, every path of information a potential...

Microchip security continues to confound Pentagon

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Nearly nine years ago, the Senate Armed Services Committee reported the results of an investigation of counterfeit electronic parts in the U.S. military. The year-long probe found fully 1 million bogus parts, including components for several types of combat aircraft. "Our report outlines how this flood...

New Android malware uses WhatsApp to spread

New Android malware uses WhatsApp to spread

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new form of Android malware has begun spreading itself by creating auto-replies in WhatsApp. Check Point Research recently discovered the malware in a fake application on Google Play. Now, any users who have downloaded the malicious application and granted the necessary permissions, the malware can...

Senators press for more on SolarWinds hack after AP report

In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. In December, U.S. officials discovered that federal agencies had fallen victim to a cyberespionage effort pulled off largely through a hack of SolarWinds software .The hackers accessed accounts...

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