President-elect Trump vowed in January that, “My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!” Yesterday, at the 90-day mark, there is no team, there is no plan, and there is no clear answer from the White House on who would even be working on what, Politico reports,
Think your password keeps you safe? Think again. A former U.S. Navy cyberspecialist says that unless the feds mandate cybersecurity standards for private companies, the risks to our safety and personal information online will keep growing.
John Wayne Rivello, 29, faces a federal charge of cyberstalking for sending Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald an animated message that caused a seizure. Eichenwald had written a story critical of President Trump.
The charges mark the first U.S. criminal cyber crime against Russian government officials and the largest U.S. hacking case. The case is not related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
American Civil Liberties Union charges that documents newly disclosed by Wikileaks “show that the intelligence community has deliberately maintained vulnerabilities in the most common devices used by hundreds of millions of people.”
The annual RSA conference has attracted 40,000 people to San Francisco, but no senior Trump representatives are among them. The administration had been expected to release an executive order on cybersecurity during the conference. That hasn’t happened.
“Hacktivists are almost like vigilantes. They’re looking to disrupt,” said Brian Calkin of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a federally funded group that tracks cybersecurity issues for state and local governments. His group tracked 65 hacktivist incidents involving state and local governments in 2015; the number jumped to 160 last year.
Although President Obama has suggested the possibility of retaliation against Russia for its alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, CIA Director John Brennan urges restraint. He told NPR, “The skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country’s greatness.”