Security Report: Capitol Police Investigating Congressional IT Contractors
U.S. Capitol Police have launched an investigation targeting five contractors who provide IT services for about 40 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the law enforcement agency confirmed to Fox News.
The contractors are suspected of gaining unauthorized access to the House computer system, extracting information to an external cloud server, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in hardware – including computers and servers – and overbilling for equipment purchases made on behalf of the government clients.
No arrests have been made.
The IT and access privileges for the contractors have been revoked.
Authorities said they had not ruled out that the contractors could be a front for an organization attempting to steal sensitive information from the U.S. Congress.
AI to be front and center at RSA: This year’s RSA cybersecurity conference, to be held next week at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, is shaping up as a showcase for artificial intelligence-driven security software.
The latest announcements have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security introducing several market-ready tools, developed through the agency’s university “tech foraging” initiatives.
RSA Conference 2017 is scheduled for Feb. 13-17.
Gartner releases Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Security: Gartner’s recently released Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms names four companies as falling within the “leaders” criteria.
Trend Micro, Symantec, Sophos and Kaspersky Lab captured the highest honors, culled from 21 participating vendors.
Among other findings from the analysis, total revenue for participating endpoint protection platforms was just over $3.29 billion in 2016, up 2.8 percent over the year before.
Credit Cards Breached at 12 InterContinental Hotel Locations: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) confirmed in recent days that hackers installed malicious software on point of sale servers, and accessed information from the magnetic strips on customer credit and debit cards.
IHG is owner or franchise licenser for thousands of hotels around the world, including the Holiday Inn hotel chain.
Information believed accessed includes names, card numbers, expirations dates and internal verification codes.
IHG said it continues to investigate whether other properties might have been affected.
Google meets EU data compliance standards: Google Cloud announced today it has been approved by the European Union’s Data Protection Authorities to facilitate – or frame – transfers of private regulated data from the EU to the rest of the world.
“In practice, this compliance finding will enable our customers in most EU countries to rely on Google Cloud model contract clauses for the international transfer of data without further authorizations, and will simplify the processing of national authorizations in other countries, where required,” said a Google blog post attributed to Marc Crandall, head of global compliance, and Matthew O’Connor, head of security and compliance. “It will also help to facilitate our customers’ data protection risk assessments.”
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