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Cyber Threat Forced Alaska Court System Offline

The Alaska Court System was temporarily disconnected most of its operations from the internet after a cybersecurity threat on Saturday, including its website and removing the ability to look up court records. The threat blocked electronic court filings, disrupted online …

New York Warns of Supply Chain Attack Dangers in Recent SolarWinds Report

The next great financial crisis could come from a cyber attack. At least, that’s according to New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Linda Lacewell in a statement regarding DFS’ recent report outlining its investigation into the SolarWinds …

With Claims Rising, Cyber Insurers Need More Than Sizable Rate Increases: Fitch

Cyber insurance underwriters are reporting substantially higher claims losses in 2020 than in prior years and as a result face increasing profit pressure. insurers will have to achieve both significant premium rate increases and tighter coverage terms in order to …

Insurers Beware: Potential Impacts of New York’s Cyber Insurance Risk Framework

New York remains extremely active in the cybersecurity and data protection arena. During its current legislative session, New York is considering a proposed privacy bill that would greatly enhance consumer privacy rights, increase business obligations and create new litigation/enforcement exposure. …

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 …

Surveillance Camera Hack Exposes Hospitals, Businesses, Schools

Hackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance say they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startup. That California startup, Verkada, said …

Microsoft Flaw Exposes as Many as 60,000 Computer Systems in Germany

BERLIN – As many as 60,000 computer systems in Germany were exposed to a flaw that allows unauthorized users to access systems in Microsoft Corp.’s email software, the head of its cyber-security watchdog said on Wednesday. More than half of …

Hacked Firms Face ‘Frankenstein’ of State-Based Cyber Notification Laws

Last summer, Katherine “Kitty” Green received some disturbing news about the computer network at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she oversees a foundation for private donors. An outside data provider warned it had detected that hackers sneaked into the university’s …

China’s Microsoft Hack, Russia’s SolarWinds Attack Threaten to Overwhelm U.S.

China’s global attack on Microsoft’s popular email software revealed last week and an equally sprawling Russian attack discovered three months ago have created a two-front war that threatens to overwhelm cybersecurity’s emergency responders, according to former U.S. officials and private …

Florida Cyber Attack Raises Alarm Over Security of Water Treatment Plants

A hacker’s botched attempt to poison the water supply of a small Florida city is raising alarms about just how vulnerable the nation’s water systems may be to attacks by more sophisticated intruders. Treatment plants are typically cash-strapped, and lack …