Biden Weighs a Response to Ransomware Attacks

The president summoned his top cybersecurity advisers to consider immediate action to disrupt Russian incursions.

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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

It’s been almost a decade since Leon Panetta, then the secretary of defense, warned of an impending “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” He didn’t want to be right.

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Russia Appears to Carry Out Hack Through System Used by U.S. Aid Agency

Microsoft reported that it had detected the intrusion and that the same hackers behind the earlier SolarWinds attack were responsible.

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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

President Biden’s order places strict new standards on software sold to the government.

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Biden Plans an Order to Strengthen Cyberdefenses. Will It Be Enough?

A hack of a major pipeline, the latest evidence of the nation’s vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, prompted questions about whether the administration should go further.

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Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia

Administration officials were determined to draft a response that would impose real costs on Moscow, as many previous rounds of sanctions have been shrugged off.

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Biden Names Chris Inglis to Be First National Cyber Director

Chris Inglis will be nominated to the new post as the president fills out his cybersecurity team and the U.S. considers responses to recent attacks.

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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership with private industry.

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Preparing for Cyberstrike on Russia, U.S. Confronts Hacking by China

The proliferation of cyberattacks by rivals is presenting a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to deter intrusions on government and corporate systems.

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Thousands of Microsoft Customers May Have Been Victims of Hack Tied to China

The hackers started their attack in January but escalated their efforts in recent weeks, security experts say. Business and government agencies affected.

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Why Was SolarWinds So Vulnerable to a Hack?

It’s the economy, stupid.

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Does the U.S. Need a Cyberdefense Czar?

Recent attacks on government and infrastructure networks reveal the inadequacy of America’s digital defenses.

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The Most Serious Security Risk Facing the United States

Nicole Perlroth’s “This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends” looks at the history of cyberattacks and why they are only likely to get worse.

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Bonus: Kara and Nicole Perlroth Debrief on Brad Smith

They also discuss U.S. cybersecurity priorities and where TikTok fits in.

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How the US Lost to Hackers

America’s biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

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Vladimir Putin Has Become America’s Ex-Boyfriend From Hell

He’s not very important to us, but he keeps stalking us.

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Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty

There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.

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Biden to Restore Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Aides to Senior White House Posts

The two appointments illustrate how the president-elect appears determined to rebuild a White House national security team to focus on threats that critics say were ignored by President Trump.

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As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm

Those behind the widespread intrusion into government and corporate networks exploited seams in U.S. defenses and gave away nothing to American monitoring of their systems.

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Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code

The hackers gained more access than the company previously revealed, though the attackers were unable to modify code or access emails.

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Russia Used Microsoft Resellers in Hacking

Evidence from the security firm CrowdStrike suggests that companies that sell software on behalf of Microsoft were used to break into Microsoft’s Office 365 customers.

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With Hacking, the United States Needs to Stop Playing the Victim

The U.S. also uses cybertools to defend its interests. It’s the age of perpetual cyberconflict.

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Biden Assails Trump Over Handling of Russia Hack

“This assault happened on Donald Trump’s watch when he wasn’t watching,’’ President-elect Joseph R. Biden said.

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Treasury Department’s Senior Leaders Were Targeted by Russian Hacking

The disclosure was the first acknowledgment of a specific intrusion in the vast cyberattack. At the White House, national security leaders met to assess how to deal with the situation.

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Trump Administration Is Criticized Over Proposal to Split Cyberoperations Leadership

As the government grapples with a vast hack, the Pentagon is weighing whether to separate management of the National Security Agency from the United States Cyber Command.

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Trump Contradicts Pompeo Over Russia’s Role in Hack

Hours after the secretary of state acknowledged that Moscow was behind the vast cybersecurity breach, the president suggested it might have been China and downplayed the severity of the attack.

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Pompeo Says Russia Was Behind Cyberattack on U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the first member of the Trump administration to publicly link the Kremlin to the hacking of dozens of government and private systems.

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Bill That Trump Is Vowing to Veto Strengthens Hacking Defenses, Lawmakers Say

Additional powers to actively hunt down hackers across federal agencies could have given the government more of a chance to detect the recent Russia hack more quickly, they said.

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