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Panel: Cyber threats up in 2017

From left, Bob Cunningham of the law firm HunterMaclean, John Riley of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Patrick Webb of HunterMaclean, Diana McKenzie of HunterMaclean, Fran Cioffi of Georgia-Pacific and Tyler O’Connor of CRC Insurance Services pose for a photo Thursday.

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Feds: Waltham bomb threats tied to vicious cyberstalking case

A 24-year-old cyberstalker engaged in a yearlong campaign of vicious harassment against a former roommate that over time metastasized into a spate of fake bomb and school shooting threats that have terrorized the broader Waltham community for months, federal authorities said today.

Ryan S. Lin, 24, of Newton, was charged with one count of cyberstalking and will appear in U.S. District Court in Boston this afternoon.

Lin allegedly hacked into his victim’s online accounts and devices, stealing private photographs and private diary entries that contained highly sensitive details about her medical, psychological and sexual history, and then distributed her private photographs and diary entries to hundreds of others, including her family, friends, former bosses and her parents’ colleagues, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The suspect, a computer science graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a professional background in information technology, also allegedly created and posted fake online profiles in the victim’s name, including her

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Feds: Waltham bomb threats tied to vicious cyberstalking case …

A 24-year-old cyberstalker engaged in a yearlong campaign of vicious harassment against a former roommate that over time metastasized into a spate of fake bomb and school shooting threats that have terrorized the broader Waltham community for months, federal authorities said today.

Ryan S. Lin, 24, of Newton, was charged with one count of cyberstalking and will appear in U.S. District Court in Boston this afternoon.

Lin allegedly hacked into his victim’s online accounts and devices, stealing private photographs and private diary entries that contained highly sensitive details about her medical, psychological and sexual history, and then distributed her private photographs and diary entries to hundreds of others, including her family, friends, former bosses and her parents’ colleagues, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The suspect, a computer science graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a professional background in information technology, also allegedly created and posted fake online profiles in the victim’s name, including her

Read more at: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/10/feds_waltham_bomb_threats_tied_to_vicious_cyberstalking_case

Johnston school threats investigated as a cyber-crime; similar threats reported across country

Dennis McDaniel with the Johnston Police Department provides updates after anonymous, threatening text messages forced the closure of Johnston schools.
Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register

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Daines discusses cyber threats with FBI director

The cyber threats made against families and schools in the Flathead Valley earlier this month got national attention Wednesday when U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., probed FBI Director Chris Wray to explain how his bureau is working to bring the criminals to justice.

Cyber-terrorism is an emerging threat that has become all too real in Montana, Daines said.

The senator told the FBI director the threats made against the Columbia Falls School District promised harm and demanded a ransom, forcing the closure of more than 30 schools for three days and impacted more than 15,000 children.

This is unprecedented. We have not seen that before in my home state, Daines told Wray.

FBI director Wray responded, saying the federal bureau was actively involved in the matter, and that he wanted to be careful not to discuss the ongoing investigation.

I will tell you this concept of ransomware, cyber terrorism, the various variants of it

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Current Threats to the Homeland

Good morning Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and evolving threats ranging from homegrown violent extremists to cyber criminals to hostile foreign intelligence services and operatives. Keeping pace with these threats is a significant challenge for the FBI. As an organization, we must also be able to stay current with constantly changing and new technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder. Our adversaries—terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminals—take advantage of such modern technology to hide their communications, recruit followers, plan and encourage espionage, cyber attacks or terrorism, to disperse information on different methods to attack the U.S. homeland, and to facilitate other illegal activities. As these threats evolve, we must adapt and confront these challenges, relying heavily

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Current Threats to the Homeland — FBI

Good morning Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and evolving threats ranging from homegrown violent extremists to cyber criminals to hostile foreign intelligence services and operatives. Keeping pace with these threats is a significant challenge for the FBI. As an organization, we must also be able to stay current with constantly changing and new technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder. Our adversaries—terrorists, foreign intelligence services, and criminals—take advantage of such modern technology to hide their communications, recruit followers, plan and encourage espionage, cyber attacks or terrorism, to disperse information on different methods to attack the U.S. homeland, and to facilitate other illegal activities. As these threats evolve, we must adapt and confront these challenges, relying heavily

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Firms look to security analytics to keep pace with cyber threats

Security has changed dramatically over the decades. Companies can no longer risk focusing just on protecting physical assets such as offices and stock. With firms becoming increasingly reliant on technology and software to streamline everyday operations, it is crucial to have systems in place to protect digital property.

Cyber criminals are constantly trying to gain access to lucrative business data,

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/Firms-look-to-security-analytics-to-keep-pace-with-cyber-threats

Massive Wave of Ransom DDoS Threats Sweeps Globe

A cyber-criminal group calling themselves the Phantom Squad has mounted a global extortion campaign, threatening thousands of companies with DDoS if they don’t pay a ransom demand.

A widespread wave of spam targeting companies throughout the US, Europe and Asia was spotted by security researcher Derrick Farmer on September 19, with the messages demanding a payment of around $750 (i.e., 0.2 Bitcoin). The extortionists promise to launch attacks on September 30 unless the demands are met.

Radware researchers, in an alert on the campaign, noted that ransom was the No. 1 motivation last year behind cyber-attacks; in the company’s 2016-2017 Global Application Network Security Report, half of respondent organizations were subject to this type of extortion threat. And, in parallel to the ransomware plague, Radware said that it has witnessed an emerging trend of hackers (and copycats) who extort organizations by posing an imminent threat of DDoS attacks.

However,

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