Articles by Jack Gillum

Russian Hackers Also Focused on US and NATO Since Invasion

Russia is expanding its espionage and influence operations against Ukraine and its allies, including malicious cyber activity that requires a coordinated, robust response, Microsoft Corp said in a report published Wednesday. Russia has deployed a three-pronged strategy of coordinated military, …

Firms Must Report Hacks to DHS in 72 Hours Under Law

The $1.5 trillion government funding package that President Joe Biden signed Tuesday includes sweeping cybersecurity legislation that will require critical infrastructure operators to quickly report data breaches and ransomware payments. The new law mandates that companies report hacks to the …

Hacking Risk Shadows U.S. Business as Russia Threatens Critics

A swath of major American businesses — from major banks to utility companies — is preparing for possible cyberattacks against their computer networks as Russia on Thursday threatened “consequences” for nations that interfere with its invasion of Ukraine. Their concerns, …

Major Companies Rush to Fix Software Flaw Before Hackers Strike

Major global companies are facing pressure to fix what experts are calling one of the most serious software flaws in recent memory. The flaw in the Log4j software could allow hackers unfettered access to computer systems and has prompted an …

‘American Way of Life’ at Risk From Cyber Attacks, Top U.S. Official Warns

A top U.S. cybersecurity official offered a dire warning to members of Congress on Wednesday, saying the “American way of life” faces serious risks amid the drumbeat of ransomware attacks and physical threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure. Jen Easterly, …

HealthCare.gov Adds Consumer Data Protections After Criticisms

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government’s health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates. The Associated Press reported last week that details such as consumers’ income and tobacco …

Inquiry Into Texas Blast Plagued by Regulatory Gap

Federal and state officials investigating the April 17 deadly blast at a Central Texas fertilizer company are trying to determine whether a fire at the plant could have ignited a supply of ammonium nitrate. But how much of the highly …

Safety Rules Limited for Small Fertilizer Plants

There were no sprinklers. No firewalls. No water deluge systems. Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week. This is not unusual. Small fertilizer plants nationwide fall …