Cyber threats

How local governments can protect themselves against third-party threats

COMMENTARY | Adaptive, multilayered solutions will help agencies fend off opportunistic supply-chain attacks.

EVs rev up cybersecurity challenges

Without a meaningful way to secure and insure the electric-vehicle infrastructure, EV owners, charging stations and fleet managers are vulnerable to hackers.

US must be more aware of 'adversarial side' of AI, DHS official warns

Deeper oversight into mitigating AI and ML systems’ potential pitfalls is particularly crucial as parts of the country begin to incorporate more autonomous systems into critical infrastructure operations.

New resources to defend public health systems against cyber threats

The guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services comes as health care entities continue to face ransomware, social engineering, device theft, data loss and network attacks.

NIST wants to mitigate smart home telehealth cybersecurity risks

The agency is looking for providers to help address the cybersecurity and privacy vulnerabilities in the telehealth ecosystem as it works to create a practice guide on the topic.

International guidance pushes security by design

Software and tech manufacturers are urged to revamp their design and development programs to permit only secure-by-design and -default products to be shipped to customers.

Senator calls for cybersecurity audit of law enforcement wireless network

FirstNet is a cellular network built for first responders around the country, but at least one federal official told the senator’s office they had “no confidence” in the network’s security.

AI tools are generating convincing misinformation. Engaging with them means being on high alert

Artificial intelligence may make it harder to tell a real image from a fake one, an expert says, but taking a closer look and verifying sources can help combat misinformation and disinformation.

How hackers outwit facial ID

Deepfakes, spoofed metadata and digital injection attacks are some of the most prevalent biometric hacks, and governments could lose billions if they are not addressed.

Google and Microsoft are bringing AI to Word, Excel, Gmail and more. It could boost productivity for us – and cybercriminals

Cybercriminals may leverage generative AI tools to steal personal data posted online, researchers say.

Senators request cyber safety analysis of Chinese-owned DJI drones

Lawmakers raised concerns that sensitive data could leak to adversaries through foreign-owned consumer technology. 

Florida city water cyber incident allegedly caused by employee error

Al Braithwaite, the former city manager of Oldsmar, Florida, said the 2021 episode was not caused by outside hackers but was instead a “non-event” sparked by user error.

CISA: Election security still under threat at cyber and physical level

Threats enacted by state-sponsored actors during the 2022 election have highlighted the need for “continued vigilance” in upcoming elections, said CISA Election Security Advisor Kim Wyman.

Report: Increased remote work for many governments also raises cyber risks

Roughly one-third of government employees believe “their actions don’t matter when it comes to security,” according to a new survey.

Ransomware payments decreased in 2022 as criminals used other extortion tactics

A report from Recorded Future found that, even as ransomware continues to pose a global challenge for individuals and organizations, threat actors are increasingly using other methods to steal sensitive data and demand payments from victims.

Cyber criminals are increasingly exploiting cloud environments, report finds

A new CrowdStrike report found that hackers and digital adversaries are relying less on malware, and more on unpatched vulnerabilities and data weaponization.

Southern states have the most open cyber exposures, report finds

The 14 states in that region have more than 100,000 vulnerabilities, misconfigurations and data leaks that all must be addressed to prevent attacks, researchers found.