[vc_row][vc_column][dt_quote type=”pullquote” background=”fancy”]The United States will do more to disrupt the malicious cyber-activity that foreign adversaries are aggressively using to advance their interests, a National Security Agency official said Thursday. “We have to impose costs in a visible way to start deterrence,” said Rob Joyce, senior cybersecurity adviser at NSA. “We have to go out and try to make those operations less successful and harder to do.” Speaking to an industry association in Hanover, Maryland, Joyce cited the 2017 WannaCry and NotPetya malware outbreaks — and Russia’s use of information operations in the 2016 U.S. election — as examples of nation-states moving from “exploitation to disruption” to impose their will in cyberspace. Washington has blamed North Korea and Russia, respectively, for the devastating WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, which cost billions of dollars in economic damage. Some foreign governments have less legal constraints on their activities in cyberspace than the U.S., Joyce told a local[…][/dt_quote][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Source: NSA’s Rob Joyce outlines how U.S. can disrupt and deter foreign hacking[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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International governments are passing laws that allow authorities to pressure tech companies such as Apple and Facebook for access to digital secrets.

Source: Apple and Facebook Fighting International Encryption Battle

The competition authority said the company could no longer combine data from different sources without explicit permission from users.

Source: Germany Restricts Facebook’s Data Gathering

U.S. authorities on Thursday announced the indictment of 20 people and the extradition of a dozen in a big bust of an organized cybercrime ring in Romania. The defendants are accused of being part of an online auction scheme that defrauded Americans of millions of dollars. The racket involved advertising nonexistent cars and other purportedly valuable items on Craigslist and eBay and tricking victims into paying for them, often using stolen identities. The fraudsters then allegedly laundered their ill-gotten gains via cryptocurrency, the Department of Justice said in a statement. In a separate, cyber-focused indictment unsealed Thursday, one of the defendants, Adrian Mitan, is accused of phishing for customers’ credit and debit card information, breaching U.S. companies, and then doing a brute-force attack on point-of-sale systems to extract more card data. The 24-year-old Romanian allegedly told American money launderers to set up credit and debit card accounts with the stolen […]

Source: U.S. busts Romanian cybercrime ring that phished Americans, laundered millions of dollars – CyberScoop

A look at what’s changing and what it means.

Source: Privacy and Cybersecurity Are Converging. Here’s Why That Matters for People and for Companies.