House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii are seeking a Government Accountability Office investigation into the DDoS attack that targeted the Federal Communications Commission in May. The FCC needs to clarify how it knows an attack occurred, how it plans to avoid future hacks and what other systems may have been hit, the pair wrote in a letter to the GAO.
The hacking group OurMine claims that it is behind Sunday's hack of PlayStation's social-media accounts. The group -- which also recently said it hacked HBO's social-media accounts -- also claims to have gained access to the company's PlayStation Network database, which contains user names and email addresses.
Smartphone replacement parts purchased from third parties -- including wireless chargers, displays and NFC readers -- can be used by hackers to steal data, including passwords and payment information, a study conducted by Israel's Ben Gurion University said. Source code can be combined with the vendor's code, which invalidates security protocols and isn't detected by antivirus software.
A hacking group calling itself "Mr. Smith" sent an email to the website Mashable indicating that it has more stolen data from HBO and has threatened to release the final two episodes of the current season of "Game of Thrones." The group also says it has login information for the network's social-media accounts.
Cisco said it will buy software company Springpath for $320 million, in a deal that's expected to close this year. "This acquisition is a meaningful addition to our data center portfolio and aligns with our overall transition to providing more software-centric solutions," said Cisco's Rob Salvagno.
Egypt and the Korea-Arab Society last week signed a $10 billion deal to develop an agriculture city across more than 300,000 acres of land in Egypt. The city -- which is expected to be completed in six months -- will host more than 50,000 smart greenhouses, solar power and saltwater desalination plants, and will also grow food and stevia.
Google's Waymo has obtained a patent for a self-driving vehicle that would reduce tension of the hood, bumpers and panels ahead of an accident, which could potentially make vehicles safer. The vehicles would be able to spot hazards ahead of a crash and would lose rigidity to reduce the force of impact on people and other vehicles.
Companies wanting to address cyberthreats in a positive way require top-level support, honesty in risk assessments, and outside-the-box thinking when it comes to cybersecurity training, Dan Lohrmann writes.
The number of cyberattacks targeting Microsoft cloud users rose by 300% in this year's first quarter compared with a year ago, primarily because of weak passwords and poor password management, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report states. Attempted sign-ins from malicious IP addresses increased by 44%.
Organizations looking to hire for cybersecurity jobs should consider the benefits of cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning, writes Deborah Golden. "Cognitive technologies can manage rote security tasks, predict malicious attacks, and help retain employees," she writes.
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