Report: Russian intelligence launched cyber attack on U.S. voting software

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Russ­ian mil­i­tary intel­li­gence exe­cut­ed a cyber attack on at least one U.S. vot­ing soft­ware sup­pli­er and sent spear-phish­ing emails to more than 100 local elec­tion offi­cials just days before last November’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, accord­ing to an intel­li­gence report. The top-secret Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency doc­u­ment ana­lyzes intel­li­gence very recent­ly acquired by the agency about a months-long Russ­ian intel­li­gence cyber effort against ele­ments of the U.S. elec­tion and vot­ing infra­struc­ture. The report indi­cates that Russ­ian hack­ing may have pen­e­trat­ed fur­ther into U.S. vot­ing sys­tems than was pre­vi­ous­ly under­stood. It states that it was Russ­ian mil­i­tary intel­li­gence, specif­i­cal­ly the Russ­ian Gen­er­al Staff Main Intel­li­gence Direc­torate, or GRU, that con­duct­ed the cyber attacks described in the doc­u­ment. Source: The Inter­cept

FBI looks into potential hack of Trump Organization, questions president’s sons

The FBI is inves­ti­gat­ing an attempt­ed over­seas cyber attack against the Trump Orga­ni­za­tion, sum­mon­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric, for an emer­gency ses­sion with the bureau’s cyber­se­cu­ri­ty agents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the CIA. Law enforce­ment offi­cials con­firmed the attempt­ed hack and said the sub­se­quent meet­ing took place at the FBI’s New York head­quar­ters on May 8, the day before Trump fired FBI direc­tor James Comey. “We absolute­ly weren’t hacked,” Eric Trump said. Source: ABC News

Fireball malware might be on up to 250 million PCs

Secu­ri­ty firm Check Point counts 250 mil­lion PCs infect­ed with mali­cious code they’ve called Fire­ball, designed to hijack browsers to change the default search engine, and track their web traf­fic on behalf of a Bei­jing-based dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing firm called Rafotech. Check Point says it found that the mal­ware also has the abil­i­ty to remote­ly run any code on the victim’s machine, or down­load new mali­cious files. Source: Wired

Companies, organizations plan rally to back net neutrality

Ama­zon, the Amer­i­can Civ­il Lib­er­ties Union, Green­peace and oth­er tech com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions are plan­ning a day of action July 12 to ral­ly sup­port for the net neu­tral­i­ty reg­u­la­tions passed by the Fed­er­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mis­sion two years ago. Net neu­tral­i­ty reg­u­la­tions pro­hib­it inter­net ser­vice providers from block­ing and throt­tling con­tent or from pri­or­i­tiz­ing some con­tent over oth­er con­tent, pos­si­bly for pay­ment. The rules also include an inter­net con­duct stan­dard pre­vent­ing ISPs from unrea­son­able inter­fer­ence with consumer’s access to des­ti­na­tions on the inter­net. Source: USA Today

Kmart credit card activity scrutinized after possible security attack

Kmart was the vic­tim of a secu­ri­ty inci­dent involv­ing unau­tho­rized cred­it card activ­i­ty fol­low­ing some cus­tomer pur­chas­es. The com­pa­ny did not pro­vide details on how long the attack took place or what spe­cif­ic stores were affect­ed. Source: The Con­sumerist

Uber executive ousted after getting raped passenger’s medical records

A top Uber exec­u­tive has been fired after obtain­ing med­ical records of a female pas­sen­ger who was raped dur­ing a ride in India. A 26-year-old female pas­sen­ger was raped dur­ing a ride in Del­hi in late 2014. Uber exec­u­tives report­ed­ly began to dis­cuss the idea that com­peti­tor Ola was behind the inci­dent in an effort to dam­age the company’s oper­a­tions. Some Uber staffers said exec­u­tives were con­sid­er­ing the sce­nario, based on the med­ical report, that the woman’s sto­ry was not true. Source: Tech Crunch

New Apple assistant HomePod set up to protect privacy

Apple’s new Home­Pod, a new Siri-pow­ered smart assis­tant, can inter­act with mes­sages, relay sports scores, the news, gen­er­al knowl­edge, pro­vide trans­la­tions, and con­trol the home. Siri will now share its learned and per­son­al­ized data across devices with end-to-end encryption—so that Apple doesn’t know your pref­er­ences. Source: ZDNet

Chef’s father-in-law jailed in conspiracy to hack his computer system

Gor­don Ramsay’s father-in-law has been jailed for six months for con­spir­ing to hack a com­put­er sys­tem relat­ing to the celebri­ty chef’s busi­ness inter­ests. Christo­pher Hutch­e­son, 68, and his two sons, admit­ted plot­ting to unlaw­ful­ly access Gor­don Ram­say Hold­ings’ sys­tem. The sons got four-month jail terms, sus­pend­ed for two years. Hutch­e­son senior was involved in a pub­lic falling out with Ram­say dur­ing which he tried to break into the chef’s emails and find finan­cial details. Source: BBC

Americans on overseas flights might see phones confiscated when they get home 

A TSA agent search­es lug­gage at an air­port. (12MP cam­era, NO mod­el release, edi­to­r­i­al only)

Amer­i­can cit­i­zens com­ing to the Unit­ed States from over­seas risk hav­ing their cell phones con­fis­cat­ed and searched at air­ports or oth­er bor­der cross­ings, Home­land Secu­ri­ty Sec­re­tary John Kel­ly con­firmed. U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Patrol agents have been demand­ing access to vis­i­tors’ cell phones for sev­er­al years. But crit­ics are wor­ried the new admin­is­tra­tion has scaled up the use of such search­es as part of its promise to counter extrem­ism, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on Mus­lims and peo­ple of Arab her­itage. Source: Newsweek

Facebook to reveal location data during disasters

Face­book will pro­vide aid orga­ni­za­tions with loca­tion data for users in affect­ed areas. The “dis­as­ter maps” will be pro­vid­ed to UNICEF, the Inter­na­tion­al Red Cross and Red Cres­cent, and the World Food Pro­gram to start. Loca­tion den­si­ty maps will pro­vide rough esti­ma­tions of where peo­ple are dis­trib­uted. Move­ment maps show how users changed loca­tions and when. Safe­ty Check maps show where peo­ple have marked them­selves safe. Source: Tech Crunch