Ransomware Group Attacked Colonial Pipeline; Recovery a Top Priority For U.S. Government

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. Twitter There have long been indicators the pipeline industry’s cybersecurity was under policed and vulnerable. Cocktail Party Ransomware may push Section 230 and other tech topics from the headlines. The White … Continue reading Ransomware Group Attacked Colonial Pipeline; Recovery a Top Priority For U.S. Government

Ransomware Hearing and Attack

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. A few days before a ransomware attack caused a major oil pipeline operator to shut down, a committee examined policy options for fighting ransomware. Twitter Has ransomware pushed Section 230, antitrust, … Continue reading Ransomware Hearing and Attack

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Event (10 May 2021)

Other Developments The Facebook Oversight Board has “upheld” Facebook’s decision to shutter former President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram account. The Board stated Facebook needs to decide within six months on a penalty appropriate to Trump’s violations instead of the indefinite suspension it levied after the attack on the United States Capitol on 6 January … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Event (10 May 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (16 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom launched its Digital Markets Unit (DMU) that will “will oversee plans to give consumers more choice and control over their data, promote online competition and crack down on unfair practices which can often leave businesses and consumers with less choice and more expensive goods and services” according to its press … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (16 April 2021)

A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

The IC updates Congress on worldwide threats, and the Biden Administration responds to Russian hacks and election interference. On the second day the leaders of the United States (U.S.) Intelligence Community (IC) were testifying before Congress on the global threat landscape, the Biden Administration ratchets up the sanctions on the Russian Federation for the SolarWinds … Continue reading A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Facebook’s login notification text system, especially its database of phone numbers, violated a federal law barring abusive telemarketing practices. The case turned on whether Facebook’s system is an “automatic telephone … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (6 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Comings Events (31 March 2021)

Other Developments The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued its 2021-2022 Work Programme that details the agency’s plans for the next year. Not surprisingly, the EDPB will seek to further clarify and elucidate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Among other tasks, the EDPB stated it will address the following with asterisked items having already … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Comings Events (31 March 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

Other Developments The Biden Administration announced it had triggered the response framework laid out in Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41) in response to the Microsoft Exchange hack that includes private sector stakeholders for the first time. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that “the National Security Council (NSC) established a Unified … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15, 16, and 17 March 2021)

Other Developments The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) on the “Compromise of Microsoft Exchange Server.” The agencies stated:The FBI and CISA assess that nation-state actors and cyber criminals are likely among those exploiting these vulnerabilities. The exploitation … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (15, 16, and 17 March 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)

Further Reading “Millions of people’s data is at risk’ — Amazon insiders sound alarm over security” — By Vincent Mamancourt — Politico EU. Three whistleblowers are claiming that Amazon has widespread data protection and privacy issues, some of which may violate European Union (EU) or United States (U.S.) law. They claimed the company culture was … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events ( 1, 2, 3, and 4 March 2021)