In a span of just days, two prominent congressmen who have long advanced cybersecurity at the federal level announced that they will not be seeking reelection in 2022. Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and John Katko, R-N.Y., will, however, pursue a cyber agenda throughout the remainder of their terms.
VPN Lab, known for its alleged wide use by ransomware threat actors, has been shut down. Fifteen servers associated with VPNLab.net were seized or disrupted based on multiple international investigations tying the VPN service provider to cybercrime operations, according to Europol.
With 16% of U.S. citizens using a cryptocurrency trading platform, OCC acting Chief Michael Hsu urges collaborative efforts to pass cryptocurrency regulations, which he says could lead to greater innovation in the space.
Police in Ukraine have arrested five individuals on suspicion of using ransomware to extort more than 50 companies across the United States and Europe, as well as to provide an IP-changing service to international hackers to help them distribute malware, steal sensitive data and disrupt sites.
Proofpoint, which was acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo in 2021, has merged with Dathena, a New York-based AI data protection platform. Dathena's platform will address the need in Proofpoint's cloud management platform for safeguards against breaches and data exposure.
Amid a surge in cryptocurrency investment - particularly across DeFi - blockchain experts warn that lax security was a main factor in $1.3 billion in cryptoassets being lost to hacks, exploits and scams in 2021. The losses, according to CertiK, rose from $500 million in 2020.
The Cyberspace Administration of China's new regulation for companies that offer algorithm-based recommendation services has been met with caution. Some statements in the regulation, which is to go into effect on March 1, are vague enough to be abused, and confidentiality is also a concern.
Top U.S. cybersecurity leaders continue to warn against the peril of Apache Log4j vulnerabilities, confirming on Monday that hundreds of millions of devices worldwide are likely affected by the logging utility flaw, although the response, in terms of scope and speed, has been "exceptional."
The EU's law enforcement agency, Europol, has been ordered by a watchdog to not retain for longer than six months any personal data it stores pertaining to individuals who reside in the EU, unless it has ascertained that the individuals are tied to an investigation or criminal activities.
French data protection agency CNIL has imposed fines of $170 million on Google and $66 million on Facebook for not complying with cookie regulations. The watchdog has ruled that the firms should make opting out of cookies as simple as opting in, or pay a $113,000 fine for each day of delay.
Arbix Finance, a yield-farming protocol that runs on Binance Smart Chain, has reportedly siphoned user funds in what blockchain security firm CertiK labeled a "rug pull." This follows a Library of Congress report indicating that the number of nations banning cryptocurrency has doubled since 2018.
Ten U.S. senators this week wrote to the secretaries of both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation inquiring about specific measures they plan to pursue to prevent and respond to cyberattacks on the nation's critical infrastructure.
New York State Attorney General Leticia James detailed a credential stuffing investigation that showed the compromise of 1.1 million user accounts linked to "well-known" retail operations. The 17 companies involved reportedly agreed to put new measures in place to mitigate cyber risks.
Morgan Stanley agreed to a $60 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit claiming the banking giant violated security compliance laws and provided negligent oversight when a third party did not properly decommission legacy IT systems in 2016 and 2019.
The U.S. government has taken notable moves to enforce cybersecurity regulation and propose legislation, says Andy Watkin-Child, founding partner of the Augusta Group. To help prepare for these shifts, he advises organizations to improve their "understanding in global regulation in cyber."