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More sophisticated hackers and sellers in the online criminal ecosystem will not openly sell their 'high end' wares, only sharing that information with clients they trust or holding the information for their own personal use.

Multiple state agencies, including the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and state’s Medicaid provider, may have had their passwords and login credentials exposed in a breach of the popular password management software LastPass. Read more»

The Election Threats Task Force, established in 2021 and run by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, has a dozen cases of criminal threats to state and local election workers from recent years.

Some of the nation’s top cybersecurity leaders are warning state and local election officials of ongoing foreign and domestic national security threats to election systems, urging them to upgrade their defenses ahead of next year’s presidential election. Read more»

Local governments are finding that cyber insurance costs have jumped, as have the requirements they must meet to get a policy.

Across the United States, many local governments and states — as well as private companies — are discovering their cyber insurance premiums have skyrocketed and that they must meet stricter guidelines if they want to get coverage or renew their policies. Read more»

A growing number of health care systems have faced cyberattacks.

In the past few years, a growing number of hospitals and health care organizations across the U.S. have faced cyberattacks, interrupting care and putting patients at risk, including some public health facilities run by state or local governments. Read more»

President Joe Biden warned business leaders to expect more cyberattacks, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent U.S. military support and economic sanctions. Arizona cybersecurity officials all repeated variations of the mantra 'cybersecurity is everybody’s responsibility.'

When President Joe Biden told business leaders recently that it was their “patriotic obligation” to protect their networks from likely Russian cyberattacks, security officials in Arizona agreed with a nod – and a shrug. Read more»

It is a costly fact of modern life that organizations from pipelines and shipping companies to hospitals - and local governments, like schools and hospitals - are vulnerable to cyberattacks, and the threat of cyberattacks from Russia and other nations makes a bad situation worse. Read more»

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are being examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona State Senate at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In doing so, they are using unproven technology that claims it can identify counterfeit ballots. There have been no credible claims that any ballots in Arizona or elsewhere were counterfeited.

The special master who is overseeing the examination of Maricopa County’s routers as part of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election has selected his team of experts, and the Senate has provided him with a list of questions it wants answered. Read more»

Identity theft enabled what may turn out to be the biggest fraud wave in U.S. history, siphoning off tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars of unemployment insurance payments, small business loans and grants.

Cybertheft conjures images of high-tech missions, with sophisticated hackers penetrating layers of security systems to steal data - but lax security measures mean many breaches are the equivalent of grabbing jewels from an unlocked car parked in a high-crime neighborhood. Read more»

A natural gas pipeline in Plains Township, Pa.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security revealed a rash of cyber attacks on natural gas pipeline companies. There was no damage, but security experts worry it may only be a matter of time. Read more»

Analysts say that Anonymous' collaboration with Wikileaks, along with recent hacks against the FBI and its release of a video Monday declaring "war" on the U.S. government, has elevated the hacker group from its previous status as a petty annoyance to a real threat. Read more» 3