Foreign state-backed hackers targeting U.S. COVID-19 research: FBI

According to a senior cybersecurity official with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, foreign government hackers have managed to break into companies which are conducting research into treatments for COVID-19 – the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. During an online panel discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tonya Ugoretz disclosed to…

U.S. mulls changes to Foreign Direct Product Rule to cut off Huawei from global chip supply chain

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, the Trump administration is mulling options, which includes changing U.S. regulations to allow it to block shipments of chips to Huawei Technologies from companies such as Taiwan’s TSMC, the world’s largest contract chipmaker. These are among the many proposal the U.S. Administration is looking at…

Thallium hacking group stole nuclear related info: Microsoft

In a statement, Microsoft Corp disclosed, a hacking group called “Thallium” has taken control of web domains to steal nuclear related data. In a blog post, Microsoft stated, Thallium, believed to be operating from North Korea, targeted government employees, university staff members, think tanks, and individuals working on nuclear proliferation issues, among others. Most of…

FBI’s Counterintelligence Division admits to slow response in China’s theft of U.S. intellectual property

During a testimony to the U.S. Senate, the FBI said it wished it had taken swifter action with regard to Chinese recruitment of U.S.-based researchers to transfer intellectual property from American laboratories. The admission by John Brown, assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the FBI, backed up a Senate subcommittee report which concluded that…

Hackers gain access to important computer systems in Bulgaria, millions affected by the hack

Servers of Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency (NRA) have been targeted. The Bulgarians realized it only after a purported hackers, claiming to be Russian, sent an e-mail to the local media, with the aim of selling the stolen data. On Tuesday, in a significant development, the Bulgarian government stated, hackers have managed to steal the personal…