In a new executive order, President Biden asks the FTC to establish new rules governing how tech firms can collect and use data from their customers as a way to offer more privacy protections for U.S. consumers. The order also looks to push the Justice Department to step up its antitrust enforcement.
A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Gary Peters and Ron Johnson would create a standardized cybersecurity training program for federal employees who purchase technology services. This bill follows a wave of attacks over the last two months that have targeted U.S. critical infrastructure.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion about why the head of Britain's National Cyber Security Center says the No. 1 cyber risk is not nation-state attackers but ransomware-wielding criminals. Also featured: Western Digital IoT flaws; an FBI agent tracks cybersecurity trends.
Several proposed class action lawsuits against Scripps Health allege that a recent ransomware attack put personal and health information of nearly 150,000 individuals at risk for fraud. But one of the lawsuits claims that the network disruption also resulted in delay of critical patient care.
Two brothers who run Africrypt, a currency exchange service based in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been accused by law firm Hanekom Attorneys, acting on behalf of investors, of 'vanishing' along with $3.6 billion in cryptocurrency investments.
Cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee, 75, was found dead in a Spanish prison cell Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court had authorized his extradition to the U.S. to face tax evasion charges, according to news reports.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced several cybersecurity-related bills seeking to address issues ranging from imposing tougher penalties for cybercriminals to improving protection of school districts.
A bipartisan group of senators is circulating a draft of a federal breach notification bill that would require federal agencies, federal contractors and businesses that have oversight over critical infrastructure to report significant cyberthreats to CISA within 24 hours of discovery.
The global law enforcement "Anom" honeypot operation racked up impressive statistics for the number of criminals tricked into using the encrypted communications service. Psychology was at play: Officials say users flocked to the service after they disrupted rivals EncroChat and Sky Global.
After hearings in the Senate and House on a spate of ransomware attacks that have put the nation's critical infrastructure in danger, some security experts say Congress may be poised to take action to create greater regulatory oversight of cybersecurity within certain industries.
Cryptocurrency has a reputation for being tough to trace - no wonder anonymity-craving criminals favor using it. In reality, cryptocurrencies don't make users anonymous. But just how did the FBI recover most of the bitcoins paid by Colonial Pipeline to the DarkSide ransomware operation?
The Biden administration has rescinded a number of Trump-era executive orders that banned social media apps such as TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. over national security concerns. Instead, the Commerce Department will conduct a security review of all Chinese-made apps and the data they collect.
Thousands of suspected criminals have been relying on the "Anom" encrypted communications platform to coordinate their efforts. But the FBI and Australian police developed Anom as a honeypot for monitoring criminals, producing intelligence that globally led to 800 arrests and massive drug seizures.
The White House has written to business leaders, urging them to prioritize having robust ransomware defenses in place. The move comes as the Biden administration pursues multiple strategies to combat ransomware and digital extortion, including ordering a new task force to coordinate all federal investigations.