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US Government Warns of Hidden Cobra North Korea Cyber Threat

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alert released on Tuesday warns the public about a campaign of hacking by the government of North Korea it has code-named “Hidden Cobra.”

THAAD Missile System

Exclusive: Eye on Weapons Systems, North Korean Hackers target US Defense Contractors

North Korean hackers have stepped up their attacks on U.S. defense contractors in an apparent effort to gain intelligence on weapon systems and other assets that might be used against the country in an armed conflict with the United States and its allies, The Security Ledger has learned.

Is CCleaner the Tip of an Iceberg of Supply Chain Hacks? And Alexa: did China hack us Last Night?

In the latest Security Ledger podcast, Paul speaks with Michael Gorelik of the firm Morphisec about the hack of security software vendor CCleaner – a hack that Gorelik’s firm discovered. CCleaner, he says, may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to supply chain hacks. And: “Alexa: have we been hacked by China?” Paul speaks with Grant Wernick of the firm Insight Engines, which is releasing a product this week that integrates the Splunk log management tool with Amazon’s voice assistant.¬†

A breakdown of data breaches by country from Gemalto's Breach Level Index.

Report: 1.9b Records Lost in First Half of 2017, topping 2016

A survey of public data breaches has found a large increase in the number of records that have been stolen, lost or compromised in the first six months of 2017. The firm Gemalto said that the number of records caught up in breaches jumped 164% from the second half of 2016 and the first half 2017 to almost 2 billion lost records. That is more than the total number of records lost in all of 2016. ¬†Gemalto said its latest data from the company’s Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, indicates 918 data breaches led to 1.9 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017. Most of the leaked records came from just 22 large data breaches, each involving more than one million compromised records, the company said. How many records? Nobody knows. Even more worrying: of the 918 data breaches, the […]

Petya Malware may be an Early Test of Muscular Trump Cyber Doctrine

In-brief: In the hours before the Petya malware began circulating, two high level Trump Administration officials called for a tougher stand against online actors who sow chaos. The question now is how the Administration will react.