Articles by Alyza Sebenius and Shaun Courtney

Homeland Security Orders Cyber ‘Sprints’ as Part of U.S. Plan Against Hacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is undertaking a series of “sprints” to enhance American cybersecurity in the wake of major attacks. “I am announcing today a series of 60-day sprints, each focused on the most important and most urgent …

Massive SolarWinds Hack Prompts Calls for U.S. Law Requiring Cyber Breach Reporting

A bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday recommended that the U.S. consider requiring companies to disclose when they have been hacked. At the first public hearing before Congress since a massive cyber-attack by suspected Russian hackers was disclosed in December, …

SolarWinds Attackers Focused on Cyber and Tech Firms

Whether it was opportunity, strategy or sheer chutzpah, the suspected Russian hackers behind a massive cyber-attack revealed last month focused particular attention on technology companies, including cyber-security firms entrusted to find malicious activity in their clients’ networks. Four cyber-security companies …

Russia-Based Hackers Plan New Wave of Attacks Against U.S. Hospitals: Security Firm

A Russia-based ransomware group responsible for a new wave of attacks against U.S. hospitals is laying the groundwork to cripple at least ten more, according to the cyber-security firm Prevailion Inc. Prevailion’s analysis comes a day after the FBI and …

Russia-Backed Hackers Behind Most Nation-State Cyber Attacks: Microsoft

Russia-based hackers are responsible for the majority of nation-state attacks on Microsoft customers, according to new data from company. Microsoft Corp. has issued 13,000 alerts about nation-state hacking attempts to its customers in the last two years, with 52% of …

Employers Beware: Working from Home Creates New Cyber Risks

As companies and government agencies send their employees home to avoid contact with the coronavirus, many cyber-security teams are facing the unenviable challenge of securing sprawling, vulnerable networks. Every time an employee connects to their corporate network from home, they’re …

Vietnam-Linked Hackers Steal Intellectual Property from Competitors: Experts

A Vietnam-based hacking group is learning from China’s playbook, using increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks to spy on competitors and help Vietnam catch up to global competitors, according to cyber-security experts. In the last two years, the group, which is believed …

Behind the Foggy Curtain: A Peek Into Secret U.S. Cybersecurity Operation

The National Security Agency is normally so secretive that its creation was classified, leading to the nickname “No Such Agency.” But in a move that surely caused hand-wringing and murmurs among the nation’s longtime spies, the agency opened its doors …

Trump Visits Storm-Damaged Panhandle, Pledges Financial Aid

President Donald Trump blamed congressional Democrats for a lagging federal response to the hurricane-ravaged Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, declaring that his political opponents care more about investigating his administration than funding storm relief. Trump held a campaign rally in Panama …

China Abandons Pledge, Returns to Very Active Hacking of U.S., Report Says

China largely abandoned a hacking truce negotiated by Barack Obama as President Donald Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing last year, according to the cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike Inc. A slowdown in Chinese hacking following the cybersecurity agreement Obama’s …