World Password Day falls on the first Thursday in May each year and is intended to raise awareness of password best practices and the need for strong passwords. It seems like we all have even more passwords with each passing year, though, and there are some conflicting ideas of what password best practices are, which makes the idea of password security more challenging for the average individual.
With technology becoming a cornerstone of how many schools operate, the risks of getting hacked multiplies, and defending against cyber attacks becomes an important part of any strategic plan. A new report from the IBM X-Force finds attackers are drawn to the education sector owing to the sensitive nature of some emerging research projects and personally identifiable information on students, faculty and organizations associated with universities and schools.
In recent years, the U.S. and its allies have gotten less afraid of attributing cyberattacks to adversaries like Russia, Iran and North Korea, but their attempts to punish those online aggressions are far less united, according to Rob Strayer, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for cyber and international communications and information policy.
U.S. energy regulators are pursuing a risky plan to share with electric utilities a secret "don't buy" list of foreign technology suppliers, according to multiple sources. The move reflects the federal government's growing concern that hackers and foreign spies are targeting America's vital energy infrastructure. And it's also raised new questions about the value of top-secret U.S. intelligence if it can't get into the hands of power industry executives who can act on it to avoid high-risk vendors.
Countries around the world are still awarding Huawei contracts to develop 5G networks, despite repeated warnings and pressure from the U.S to ban the equipment maker. The Chinese telecom giant has won more than 18 new 5G commercial contracts in the past five months, half of which come from Europe, according to data Yahoo Finance compiled from Huawei announcements. With 40 commercial contracts in total, Huawei is leading 5G installations worldwide.
Facebook stored way more Instagram passwords in a readable plaintext format than it initially thought, the company announced on Thursday. Last month, the social media firm admitted that it stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext logs. That’s a serious privacy blunder, but it was a bigger problem for users of Facebook’s flagship platform. The company said that the incident only impacted “tens of thousands” of Instagram users.
U.S. intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West. The CIA accused Huawei of receiving funding from China's National Security Commission, the People's Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, the British newspaper reported, citing a source.
The hackers’ target, according to The Wall Street Journal? At least 27 universities located across the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia. The connection among most of the affected institutions is reportedly their involvement in research of military-use maritime technology. Some of the schools have been the recipients of Navy contracts, host research hubs, or employ faculty with maritime expertise.
The Justice Department's unsealed indictment shows that Assange has been charged with computer hacking crimes for trying to illegally access "secret" materials on a U.S. government computer. The charge is officially listed as "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion." The indictment accuses Assange of trying to access the secret material "with reason to believe that such information so obtained could be used to the injury of the United States and the advantage of any foreign nation."