Sweden applying for NATO membership; other Nordic nations pledge security support

Sweden applying for NATO membership;  other Nordic nations pledge security support

Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson gives a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 16, 2022. (HENRIK MONTGOMERY/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)MOREHIDE WASHINGTON: Sweden’s ruling party today announced its plans to apply for NATO membership, a dramatic turnaround after decades of Swedish politics, and a change directly related to Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine. … Read more

Canada wants G7 nations to have rapid-reaction cybersecurity team after Ukraine attack – National

Canada wants G7 nations to have rapid-reaction cybersecurity team after Ukraine attack – National

Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is pushing G7 countries to set up a rapid reaction group on cybersecurity to help build resilience to post-Ukraine invasion attacks. Champagne suggested at a meeting of G7 digital ministers in Germany that they pool their knowledge to defend against attacks and protect crucial information technology infrastructure. Ukraine’s deputy prime minister … Read more

Best VPNs: Why Nord VPN is the best-selling cybersecurity option, plus the best NordVPN alternatives

Best VPNs: Why Nord VPN is the best-selling cybersecurity option, plus the best NordVPN alternatives

NordVPN is a popular choice for anyone concerned about cyber attacks or online privacy, but there are alternatives too. NordVPN Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, cybersecurity professionals have been urging Americans to increase their protection online. So how can you best protect your information? It’s a smart time to beef up your own personal … Read more

Pentagon finds hundreds of cyber vulnerabilities among contractors

Pentagon finds hundreds of cyber vulnerabilities among contractors

WASHINGTON — A Defense Department pilot program designed to eradicate digital vulnerabilities among contractors identified hundreds of flaws over the course of a year, organizers said. Cybersecurity researchers with the HackerOne bug bounty team discovered some 400 issues at dozens of companies during the Defense Industry-Based Vulnerability Disclosure Program, coordinated by the department’s Cybercrime Center … Read more

Finland, Sweden step up talks on joint NATO request

Finland, Sweden step up talks on joint NATO request

HELSINKI — The sudden increase in the intensity of the high-level talks between Finland and Sweden has raised the level of expectation that the two non-aligned Nordic states will jointly announce their decisions to join NATO by May 16. The prospect of a “joint jump” of Sweden and Finland to NATO will be discussed when … Read more

Conti ransomware leak shows the group operates like a normal tech company

Conti ransomware leak shows the group operates like a normal tech company

Conti, which uses malware to block access to computer data until a “ransom” is paid, operates much like a regular tech company, say cybersecurity specialists who analyzed leaked documents from the group. eclipse_images A Russian group identified by the FBI as one of the most prolific ransomware groups of 2021 can now understand what it … Read more

A chilling Russian cyber target in Ukraine: digital files

A chilling Russian cyber target in Ukraine: digital files

Russia’s relentless digital attacks on Ukraine may have caused less damage than many anticipated. But most of their hacking is focused on a different goal that gets less attention but has chilling potential consequences: data collection. Ukrainian agencies breached on the eve of the February 24 invasion include the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, … Read more

SATCOM Cybersecurity Alert Issued as Authorities Investigate Possible Russian Attack

SATCOM Cybersecurity Alert Issued as Authorities Investigate Possible Russian Attack

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI released a new alert on Thursday to warn satellite communication (SATCOM) networks of potential cyber threats. The warning comes just as Western intelligence agencies have launched an investigation into attacks, possibly launched by Russia, against satellite Internet services. CISA and the FBI have made a … Read more

Russia-linked ICS Pipedream/Incontroller malware designed to target energy facilities

Russia-linked ICS Pipedream/Incontroller malware designed to target energy facilities

Schneider Electric Says No Evidence Incontroller/Pipedream Malware Exploits Vulnerabilities The US government and cybersecurity companies released details on Wednesday about a new piece of malware designed to manipulate and disrupt industrial processes by hacking industrial control systems (ICS). The malware, described as a modular ICS attack framework and collection of custom tools, can be used … Read more

Power supplier in Ukraine attacked with Industroyer2 ICS malware

Power supplier in Ukraine attacked with Industroyer2 ICS malware

An energy supplier in Ukraine was recently attacked with a new piece of malware designed to cause damage by manipulating industrial control systems (ICS). The attack, which targeted high-voltage electrical substations and reportedly failed, has been analyzed by the Ukrainian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA), cybersecurity firm ESET and Microsoft. The operation has been linked … Read more