Tag: Cyberwarfare and Defense

Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America

WILMER, Tex. — At the public library in Wilmer, Tex., books were checked out not with the beeps of bar code readers but with the scratches of pen on notebook paper. Out on the street, police officers were literally writing tickets — by hand. When the entire computer network that keeps the small town’s bureaucracy […]

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Giant Hacking Attack in Bulgaria Raises Suspicion of Russian Meddling

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Kristiyan Boikov was 14 years old and living in Bulgaria’s second-largest city, Plovdiv, when his parents gave him his first computer as a gift. He was soon obsessed, teaching himself a variety of computer languages and then, like many of his friends, turning his focus to issues of network security. The world […]

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Cloudflare Chief Explains Decision to Shut Down 8Chan, Despite Reservations

Early Monday, 8chan, the anonymous message board where the man accused of carrying out the El Paso massacre posted his manifesto, went offline. The man most responsible for the outage wasn’t Jim Watkins, 8chan’s owner, or his son Ronald, the message board’s administrator. Instead, the decision to take 8chan offline, at least temporarily, fell largely […]

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‘Moscow Mitch’ Tag Enrages McConnell and Squeezes G.O.P. on Election Security

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell is usually impervious to criticism, even celebrating the nasty nicknames that have been bestowed on him by critics. But Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is incensed with his new moniker, “Moscow Mitch,” and even more miffed that he has been called a “Russian asset” by critics who accuse him […]

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Hackers’ Latest Target: School Districts

Some hackers demand ransom; others sweep up personal data for sale to identity thieves. But whatever hackers’ motives, school systems around the country have been the targets of their cyberattacks. One attack forced the Houston County School District in Dothan, Ala., to delay the first day of school for 6,400 students. Others crippled computer systems […]

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What Will It Take for Congress to Protect America’s Elections?

Testifying before Congress this week about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, seemed eager — desperate, even — to drive home one message: foreign adversaries are intent on undermining American democracy, and the United States is still vulnerable to them. Even as Mr. Mueller declined to […]

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States Rush to Make Voting Systems More Secure as New Threats Emerge

Amid growing warnings about the security of American voting systems, many states are rushing to address vulnerabilities exposed by the 2016 election, even as intelligence officials worry they are fighting the last battle and are not sufficiently focused on a new generation of threats headed into 2020. Delaware has replaced its voting machines to assure […]

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A ■■■ Report About Election Interference by ■■■

More from our inbox: ImageOne section, which is believed to describe how to build a credible deterrent to Russia and other actors, was almost completely redacted.Credit   To the Editor: Re “Russians Hunted Election Defects in All 50 States” (front page, July 26): Why is the report from the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee so heavily redacted? […]

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Russia Targeted Elections Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time. But while the bipartisan report’s warning that the United States remains vulnerable in the […]

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Russian Hack of Elections System Was Far-Reaching, Report Finds

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time, but at the demand of American intelligence agencies the committee was forced to redact its findings so heavily that key lessons for the […]

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‘They’re Doing It as We Sit Here’

If you were searching for a metaphor for the withering ideal of American public service — the one that puts country before party, truth before “narrative” or “brand” — it’d be hard to do better than the painful spectacle of Robert Mueller trying, in his halting voice, to sound the alarm on Wednesday about Russian […]

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The Spy Business Is Booming and We Should Be Worried

What is going on? Russian spies are assassinating people in other countries, directing internet companies to troll our social media and trying to undermine our political process almost in plain sight. At the same time, agents acting at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party are stealing our proprietary information and technology. North Korean spies […]

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Does Russia Want More Than Your Old Face?

ASPEN, Colo. — Hey, America, Vladimir Putin wants to steal your face. Or maybe not! We’ve had a national digital freakout this week over whether the popular FaceApp app is a Russian plot to steal the visages and other personal data of American citizens for nefarious purposes. Yet security experts — like the many gathered […]

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N.S.A. Contractor Who Hoarded Secrets at Home Is Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

BALTIMORE — A troubled former National Security Agency contractor who spent two decades stuffing his home, car and garden shed with highly classified documents was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison in a case that exposed a shocking laxity in security at the N.S.A. and other secret government facilities. Investigators originally feared that […]

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Anyone Can Hire a Team of Spies

The plan was simple: give the government of Uzbekistan the ability to monitor everyone’s communications. I first heard the story about five years ago from an American defense consultant. I had spoken to him over the years about arms sales, particularly those involving the former Soviet Union. He had been involved in overseeing foreign military […]

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5 Million Bulgarians Have Their Personal Data Stolen in Hack

An investigation into the theft of the personal information of nearly every adult in Bulgaria led to the arrest of a 20-year-old computer programmer, the police announced Wednesday, in connection with a breach that underscores the vulnerability of vast troves of digitized information. The authorities acknowledged that Bulgaria’s national tax agency was hacked after a […]

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American Commandos Gear Up for New Shadow War With Russia

SZOLNOK, Hungary — Secretive, behind-the-lines mission rehearsals and other operations by 1,400 American and allied commandos to combat shifting Russian threats have laid bare a fundamental tension in the Trump administration: While the president courts Moscow, much of his government considers it an increasingly dangerous foe. Just days before President Trump made light of Russia’s […]

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‘Prospective Threat’ of Chinese Spying Justifies Huawei Ban, U.S. Says

BEIJING — The Trump administration says the mere potential for Beijing to influence the Chinese technology giant Huawei is enough to justify a law passed last year restricting federal agencies’ business with the company. Huawei has challenged the law in federal court, arguing that Congress produced no proof that the firm was a security threat […]

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Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census

In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial head count. For the first time, households will have the option of responding online, and field workers going door to door will be equipped with smartphones to log the information they […]

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Iran Has Breached Critical Limit on Nuclear Fuel Under 2015 Pact, State Media Reports

WASHINGTON — Iran has exceeded a key limitation on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 international pact curbing its nuclear program, effectively declaring that it would no longer respect an agreement that President Trump abandoned more than a year ago, state media reported on Monday. The breach of the limitation, which […]

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