Articles by Eric Tucker

3 Iranian Citizens Charged in Broad Hacking Campaign in US

The Justice Department said Wednesday that three Iranian citizens have been charged in the United States with ransomware attacks that targeted power companies, local governments and small businesses and nonprofits, including a domestic violence shelter. The charges accuse the hacking …

How FBI Helped Thwart ‘Despicable’ Cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital

The FBI thwarted a planned cyberattack on a children’s hospital in Boston that was to have been carried out by hackers sponsored by the Iranian government, FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week. Wray told a Boston College cybersecurity conference …

Congress Approves Cyber Attack Reporting Requirement for U.S. Companies

Companies critical to U.S. national interests will now have to report when they’re hacked or they pay ransomware, according to new rules approved by Congress. The rules are part of a broader effort by the Biden administration and Congress to …

Congress Approves Cyber Attack Reporting Requirement for U.S. Companies

Companies critical to U.S. national interests will now have to report when they’re hacked or they pay ransomware, according to new rules approved by Congress. The rules are part of a broader effort by the Biden administration and Congress to …

Cyber Firm: At Least 6 U.S. State Governments Hacked by China

Hackers working on behalf of the Chinese government broke into the computer networks of at least six state governments in the United States in the last year, according to a report released Tuesday by a private cybersecurity firm. The report …

Criminal Indictments Are Major — But Not Only — Tool of U.S. Cyber Defense Agencies

The FBI and other federal agencies are increasingly looking to counter cyber threats through tools other than criminal indictments, the head of the bureau’s cyber division said in an interview with The Associated Press. Arrests and indictments of foreign cybercriminals …

Texas Rabbi Relied on Security Training in Hostage Standoff

U.S. and British authorities Monday continued an investigation into the weekend standoff at a Texas synagogue that ended with an armed British national dead and a rabbi crediting past security training for getting him and three members of his congregation …

Ransomware Attacks Not High-Profile or Front Page News But Still Happening Frequently

In the months since President Joe Biden warned Russia’s Vladimir Putin that he needed to crack down on ransomware gangs in his country, there hasn’t been a massive attack like the one last May that resulted in gasoline shortages. But …

Justice Department to Escalate Fight Against Cybercrime, Ransomware: Interview

The Justice Department is stepping up actions to combat ransomware and cybercrime through arrests and other actions, its No. 2 official told The Associated Press, as the Biden administration escalates its response to what it regards as an urgent economic …

Biden’s Vaccine Plan Puts OSHA in Spotlight; Expected to Trigger Legal Challenges

President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirements have Republican governors threatening lawsuits. His unapologetic response: “Have at it.” The administration is gearing up for another major clash between federal and state rule. But while many details about the rules remain …