Government


  • Florida city pays $600,000 to ransomware gang to have its data back

    June 19, 2019

    The city council for Riviera Beach, Florida, voted this week to pay more than $600,000 to a ransomware gang so city officials could recover data that has been locked and encrypted more than three weeks ago. The city’s decision, as reported by CBS News, came after officials came to the conclusion that there was no other way ...

  • Equifax breach impacted the online ID verification process at many US govt agencies

    June 17, 2019

    The 2017 Equifax security breach has thrown a wrench in the process used by US government agencies to verify the identity of US citizens applying for various benefits via its online portals. This process, called online identity verification or remote identity proofing, relied on data provided by credit reporting agencies (CRAs) like Equifax, as a proof ...

  • Major HSM vulnerabilities impact banks, cloud providers, governments

    June 10, 2019

    Two security researchers have recently revealed vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside special computer components known as HSMs (Hardware Security Modules). HSMs are hardware-isolated devices that use advanced cryptography to store, manipulate, and work with sensitive information such as digital keys, passwords, PINs, and various other sensitive information. In the real world, ...

  • DHS Orders Federal Agencies to Patch Critical Flaws Within 15 Days

    May 1, 2019

    In recent years, we have seen how hackers prey on those too lazy or ignorant to install security patches, which, if applied on time, would have prevented some devastating cyber attacks and data breaches that happened in major organisations. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered government agencies to more swiftly plug the ...