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US, Canada Issue Rare Joint Alert on Ransomware

Posted on April 1st, 2016.

In a rare instance that underlines the rising threat and menace caused by ransomware, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has collaborated with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) to release an alert on ransomware. The United States and Canada have released a joint cyber alert to warn citizens against...

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DHS Staff Directory Dumped; Hackers Claim FBI is Next

Posted on February 8th, 2016.

A hacker has posted a directory containing nearly 10,000 names of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. Following the DHS post, the hacker via his Twitter account claimed that details of 20,000 employees from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is next. The revelation came from an article on Motherboard first, wherein a...

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U.S. Senators Seek Answers From Feds On Ransomware Attacks Against Government Agencies

Posted on December 6th, 2015.

The Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, U.S. Senate committee, has sent letters to the Justice Department and the Department Homeland Security (DHS) asking about the ransomware threat to the public and if any government agencies have paid ransoms to remove ransomware, according to nextgov.com. There have been incidents of...

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Business

DHS Offers Free Cyber-Attack Drills For Private Companies

Posted on December 3rd, 2015.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been offering a free service to test companies’ abilities to withstand cyber attacks, according to KrebsOnSecurity. The little-known program involves penetration testing of companies’ infrastructure and has drawn both support and criticism from private security experts. Under the...

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Hackers Net 5.6 Million Fingerprint Records In U.S. Government Breach

Posted on September 23rd, 2015.

The U.S. government reported hackers got away with about 5.6 million fingerprint records, 4.5 million more than first reported, according to Reuters. The hackers stole security clearance data on millions of Defense Department and other U.S. government employees. The change in number was reported by the Office of Personnel Management...