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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a new five-step 5G Security Evaluation Process to help companies improve their security posture before deploying new 5G applications. More specifically, the new guidelines include information about relevant threat frameworks, 5G system security standards, industry security specifications, federal security guidance documents and methodologies to conduct cybersecurity
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Pro-consumer website Comparitech has released a new report exploring legislation about child data collection in the world’s top 50 countries by gross domestic product (GDP). The document assessed 23 different aspects of these policies to assess whether specific legislation was in place for children’s online data or not. Aspects examined included requirements for privacy policies,
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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has added 41 vulnerabilities to its catalog of known exploited flaws this week. The US federal agency has urged all organizations to remediate these vulnerabilities promptly to “reduce their exposure to cyber-attacks.” Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) agencies are required by law to remediate all vulnerabilities in the catalog by the specified
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The District of Columbia announced that it sued Meta Platforms Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his role in the data breach that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to target Facebook users during the 2016 US presidential election. The “sweeping investigation” found that Zuckerberg had lax oversight of users and created misleading privacy agreements that resulted in
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A new risk analysis published today warns that modern “smart” farm machinery is vulnerable to malicious hackers, leaving global supply chains exposed to risk. The analysis, published in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, warns that hackers could exploit flaws in agricultural hardware used to plant and harvest crops. Additionally, it said automatic crop sprayers, drones and
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by Paul Ducklin On Wednesday this week, virtualisation behemoth VMWare published a security advisory describing two just-patched security holes in its products. Virtualisation in general, and VMWare’s product set in particular, is widely used to turn individual physical computers into several “virtual computers” that share the same physical hardware. These virtual computers, known in the
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The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced it will no longer prosecute “good faith” hackers under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The historic policy shift was announced in a statement yesterday, which declared that white hat hackers will not be prosecuted for accessing a computer when done to improve cybersecurity. The DoJ defined good-faith
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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an emergency directive to all federal agencies to mitigate two new VMware vulnerabilities. The directive relates to two new vulnerabilities – CVE-2022-22972 and CVE-2022-22973 – that CISA believes threat actors are likely to exploit across numerous VMware products. These are VMware Workspace ONE Access (Access), VMware Identity Manager (vIDM),
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by Paul Ducklin The 2022 edition of the famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) Pwn2Own competition kicks off later today in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Actually, it’s a so-called “hybrid” event this year, so that entrants who can’t or don’t want to travel, whether for coronavirus or environmental reasons, can participate remotely.) Numerous vendors have
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Multinational company Omnicell recently confirmed that it had experienced a data breach after following a reported ransomware attack, impacting internal systems. The company, headquartered in Mountain View, California, USA, learned of the ransomware attack, which it disclosed on May 9 2022 in a 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. More details are likely
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US manufacturing company Parker-Hannifin Corporation has announced a data breach exposing employees’ personal identifiable information (PII) after Conti ransomware actors published reportedly stolen data last month. The firm, one of the largest companies in the world in motion control technologies, revealed in a press release that an unauthorized third party gained access to its IT
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The cyber implications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict were discussed by a panel of international security leaders during the opening plenary session at CYBERUK 2022. The discussion was moderated by NCSC’s CEO Lindy Cameron, who was joined on the stage by the director of the US’ National Security Agency (NSA), Robert Joyce, head of the Australian Cyber
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The European Union (EU) has reached political agreement on new legislation that will impose common cybersecurity standards on critical industry organizations. The new directive will replace the EU’s existing rules on the security of network and information systems (NIS Directive), which requires updating because “of the increasing degree of digitalization and interconnectedness of our society and the