Top Putin aide hacked: Proxy cyberwar suspected

MOSCOW — A gigabyte of leaked emails this week to a top aide of Russian President Vladimir Putin reveal direct political and financial ties with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Putin has consistently denied any connection to the separatists, whether with military or financial support. Fighting has raged in eastern Ukraine for two years, since rebels in the Donetsk…

France Warns Candidates of Cybersecurity Risk

Oct. 26 — France’s cybersecurity agency is briefing the country’s presidential candidates on hacking threats, drawing lessons from attacks that have disrupted the U.S. election campaign. As France prepares for elections less than six months after the U.S. chooses its own head of state, the National Defense and Security Secretariat will host some 30 campaign representatives…

Hacking, Fraud, Confusion Top U.S. Concerns for Election

Oct. 25 — Hacking attacks. Voter intimidation. Foreign interference. No election in modern U.S. history has faced such a convergence of threats, some 21st century and others as old as democracy. It’s testing the federal government’s ability to ensure the process is secure. Even before an Oct. 21 cyber attack hampered access to popular websites,…

U.S. Calls on Automakers to Make Cyber Security a Priority

Automakers should make shielding the electronic and computer systems of vehicles from hackers a priority, developing layers of protection that can secure a vehicle throughout its life, U.S. regulators said on Monday. The cyber security guidelines issued by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are recommendations, not enforceable rules. However, they mark a step…

Hacked Cameras Were Behind Friday’s Massive Web Outage

A massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Friday slowed down or knocked offline a whole group of major websites, including Twitter, Spotify, Amazon, Reddit, Yelp, Netflix, and The New York Times. The main cause appears to be a coordinated attack on Dyn, a major DNS host (an intermediary sometimes described as an Internet address book) that says…