Elections A malicious hacker could alter the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by taking advantage of numerous flaws in one model of vote-tabulating machine used in 26 states, cybersecurity experts warned in a report presented Thursday at the Capitol. The report is the latest in a series of alerts by security researchers about weaknesses in U.S. voting infrastructure, amid continuing concern by lawmakers and intelligence officials about alleged Russian attempts to manipulate the upcoming midterm elections. Story Continued Below Voting machine vendors and state election officials have often dismissed such warnings as alarmist, saying they don’t reflect the real-world obstacles to altering vote tallies from tens of thousands of machines on Election Day without being detected. But the newest findings show that long-ignored vulnerabilities in commonly used voting equipment could allow intruders to at least throw the outcome of a national election into doubt, according to the … [Read more...] about Attack on commonly used voting machine could tip an election, researchers find
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Rosie Perper, provided by Published 12:49 am, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images A North Korean-linked hacking group has been tied to a series of cyberattacks spanning a wide range of industries across 17 countries. A new report found that a major hacking campaign, dubbed Operation GhostSecret, used a variety of tools and malware programs associated with the reported North Korean state-sponsored cyber unit Lazarus. The cyber offensive was thought to have only targeted Turkish financial institutions in early March. Lazarus has been suspected of masterminding malware for several high-stakes hacks, including the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures and last year's global WannaCry attack. A new report by McAfee Advanced Threat Research found a major hacking campaign, dubbed Operation GhostSecret, sought to steal sensitive data from a wide range of industries including critical infrastructure, entertainment, finance, health care, and … [Read more...] about North Korean-linked hackers stole data from 17 countries in an ongoing cyber attack that’s far bigger than we thought
The United States and Britain on Monday accused Russian Federation of launching cyber attacks on computer routers, firewalls and other networking equipment used by government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators around the globe.Hackers backed by the Russian government exploited "large numbers of" routers and switches around the world since 2015.The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Monday.The attack focused on governments, businesses, "critical infrastructure", and internet service providers. They did not identify any victims or provide details on the impact of the attacks. Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the USA power grid.According to Reuters, US and British authorities told reporters this week that Russian-financed computer experts have been waging a cyber war against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations … [Read more...] about United Kingdom and U.S. accuse Russian Federation of cyber attack that compromised global networks
Japanese video game developer Sega announced Sunday that hackers broke into its database and stole the personal information of more than one million customers. The breach, CBS News Correspondent Elaine Quijano reports, is just the latest in a string of cyber-attacks on corporations, government contractors, and even the CIA. Last week, computer hackers forced a shutdown of the CIA's public website for more than two hours. It claims no sensitive information was at risk, but Internet security experts say it was still a huge embarrassment for the for the government's top spy agency.Games company Sega becomes latest hacking victimLulSec offers to help Sega "destroy" hackersJim Stickley, co-founder of TraceSecurity, a cyber security company, told CBS News, "It's never a good thing when you're the CIA and your website has data talking about a hacker. " While the attack was deemed harmless, the same can't be said of the breach of government contractor Lockheed Martin last month. That's when … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo String of cyber attacks threat to U.S. security?
Washington (CNN)The US government has accused Russia of remotely targeting the US power grid, as part of its newly unveiled sanctions on the country. The Department of Homeland Security released details Thursday of what it called a multi-stage effort by Russia to target specific government entities and critical infrastructure. The Trump administration announced extensive sanctions against Russia on Thursday morning, which included sanctions on the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that produced divisive political posts on American social media platforms during the 2016 presidential election. According to the DHS, Russia accessed US government networks by initially targeting with malware small commercial third-party networks that were less secure. Russia has attempted to attack targets that include "energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors" since March 2016, DHS said. Read More Gaining access to the networks … [Read more...] about US accuses Russia of cyber attacks on power grid