Colonial Pipeline attack expected to trigger imminent hardening of cybersecurity rules for federal agencies

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Tue, 11 May 2021 21:22:31 +0000

Colonial Pipeline’s ransomware attack caused the White House to possibly refine a planned Executive Order on cybersecurity.

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SolarWinds Hack Could Affect 18K Customers

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:41:37 +0000

The still-unfolding breach at network management software firm SolarWinds may have resulted in malicious code being pushed to nearly 18,000 customers, the company said in a legal filing on Monday. Meanwhile, Microsoft should soon have some idea which and how many SolarWinds customers were affected, as it recently took possession of a key domain name used by the intruders to control infected systems.

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U.S. Treasury, Commerce Depts. Hacked Through SolarWinds Compromise

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:26:43 +0000

Communications at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments were reportedly compromised by a supply chain attack on SolarWinds, a security vendor that helps the federal government and a range of Fortune 500 companies monitor the health of their IT networks. Given the breadth of the company’s customer base, experts say the incident may be just the first of many such disclosures.

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Trump Fires Security Chief Christopher Krebs

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:02:32 +0000

President Trump on Tuesday fired his top election security official Christopher Krebs (no relation). The dismissal came via Twitter two weeks to the day after Trump lost an election he baselessly claims was stolen by widespread voting fraud.

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Chris Krebs, director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, fired by President

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:16:33 +0000

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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U.S. Govt. Makes it Harder to Get .Gov Domains

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2020 15:01:21 +0000

The federal agency in charge of issuing .gov domain names is enacting new requirements for validating the identity of people requesting them. The additional measures come less than four months after KrebsOnSecurity published research suggesting it was relatively easy for just about anyone to get their very own .gov domain. In November’s piece It’s Way Too Easy to Get a .gov Domain Name, an anonymous source detailed how he obtained one by impersonating an official at a small town in Rhode Island that didn’t already have its own .gov.

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It’s Way Too Easy to Get a .gov Domain Name

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 02:08:55 +0000

Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely misplaced, and that it is relatively straightforward for anyone to obtain their very own .gov domain.

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