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MSSP Alert’s regional coverage of managed security services providers, cybersecurity news and events in the Americas and Canada — including the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and more.

Chinese-sponsored Hackers Use Open Source Tools to Attack Federal Agencies

Chinese state-backed threat actors leverage open source tools to target U.S. government agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s cyber wing reports.

VA Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of 46,000 Veterans in Financial Scam

Hackers hit the Financial Services Center (FSC) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the agency said.

IoT Security Bill Passes House, Sets Minimum Security Requirements for Federal Procurement

The House passes legislation that ensures Internet of Things (IoT) devices purchased by the federal government meet minimum security requirements as issued by NIST.

Microsoft Warns China, Iran, Russia Increasing Cyber Attacks on U.S. Elections

Hackers from China, Iran & Russia allegedly execute hundreds of cyber assaults on organizations & staffers associated with the election campaigns of President Trump & candidate Joe Biden, Microsoft reports.

Senate Bill Limits Corporate Use of Facial Recognition

The National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020 would require companies to obtain individuals’ consent before collecting biometric data.

5G Mobile Network Security: U.S. Government’s Strategy

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security releases plan to protect 5G wireless mobile network infrastructure against cyberattacks, hackers & digital threats.

A2V Network Promotes Energy Grid Cybersecurity

Hitachi ABB Power Grids joins Asset to Vendor (A2V) Network toting its cybersecurity preparedness with U.S. and Canadian power utilities to share.

Former Uber Security Boss Hid Massive Cyber Breach, DoJ Claims

A former Uber top security official covered up a 2016 cyber breach affecting nearly 60 million of the ride-share company’s customers and drivers as part of a pay-off scheme to hide the hacking, the U.S. Department of Justice charged in a felony complaint filed in federal court. According to the filing, Joseph Sullivan, who served […]

Mock U.S. Cyberattack Tests Nation’s Infrastructure Defenses

A simulated cyber attack against U.S. critical infrastructure has shown the nation’s defenses and partners are better prepared for the real thing, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said.

KBR Acquires Government Cybersecurity Services Provider Centauri

KBR acquires government cybersecurity consulting firm Centauri from private equity firm Arlington Capital Partners for $827M or nearly 12X annual EBITDA.