National cyber strategy ‘promising’ for state, local governments

While some groups applauded the Biden administration’s pledge to prioritize cybersecurity and help small governments fight attacks, others said more technical assistance and federal funding is needed.

Unpatched, known vulnerabilities still key driver of cyberattacks

Separate research reports find that vulnerabilities for which patches have already been issued remain hackers’ primary way into an organization.

Texas Public Safety agency sent at least 3,000 driver’s licenses to organized crime group targeting Asian Texans

A Chinese crime operation bypassed the password clues of by using stolen identity information to fraudulently obtain replacement driver’s licenses.

Census Bureau data susceptible to ‘reconstruction attacks’ exposing individual data, report claims

A team of computer scientists demonstrated how cybercriminals can leverage commercial laptops to reverse engineer the Bureau’s statistics, leaving Americans exposed to risks like identity theft and discrimination. 

ChatGPT-powered cyberattacks expected, report says

More than half of IT professionals surveyed predicted the AI chatbot will be behind a successful hack within the year, while 71% believe foreign governments are already using it.

No good deed goes unpunished: How phishing exploits gov workers

Phishing attacks target employees’ natural curiosity and their commitment to public service, experts say.

Cyberattack turns up the heat on common security problems

The ransomware attack that crippled a New York county again demonstrated the need for investment, regular updates and an enterprisewide approach to security.