A consolidated class action lawsuit filed against mobile game developer Zynga after it suffered a 2019 data breach looks set to be handled instead via arbitration. A judge notes that users agreed to arbitration in the terms and conditions, and so far, they've failed to prove they suffered any financial harm.
Citing a need to secure artificial intelligence technologies, NIST is working to create risk management guidance around the use of AI and machine learning, the agency has announced. NIST is seeking feedback to address governance challenges.
Amazon reports that it's been fined 746 million euros ($885 million) under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation for violating privacy rights in its advertising program. The company says it plans to appeal.
Two U.S. senators are looking to place additional restrictions on the use of telecom equipment from Chinese equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE by prohibiting using funds from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package to buy such equipment.
President Joe Biden signed an executive national security memorandum on Wednesday calling for the development of new critical infrastructure cybersecurity standards for various industries. CISA and NIST will develop the standards, and compliance will be voluntary - at least initially.
Calls are growing for an investigation into how commercial Pegasus spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group gets sold to autocratic governments and used to target journalists, lawyers, human rights advocates and others, with some lawmakers saying "the hacking-for-hire industry must be brought under control."
NIST has selected 18 technology companies to demonstrate "zero trust" security architectures as it prepares to draft guidance for use of the model by federal agencies, which the private sector can also follow.
A bipartisan group of senators is pushing a bill that would require CISA to identify and respond to vulnerabilities and threats that target industrial control systems. The House has already passed a similar measure.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a federal breach notification bill Wednesday that would require federal agencies, federal contractors and organizations that are considered critical to U.S. national security to report security incidents to CISA within 24 hours of discovery.
New guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology spells out security measures for "critical software" used by federal agencies and minimum standards for testing its source code. The best practices could be a model for the private sector as well.
The U.S. has indicted four Chinese nationals working with the nation's Ministry of State Security in connection with an alleged hacking campaign conducted from 2011 to 2018 that targeted universities and government entities to obtain trade secrets, medical research and other intellectual property.
The Department of Commerce is restricting trade with four Russian IT and cybersecurity firms, along with two other entities, over concerns that these organizations pose a threat to U.S. national security.
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A greater level of cooperation is needed between the DOD and DHS to ensure that U.S. critical infrastructure is protected against various cyberthreats, according to an inspector general's report. The SolarWinds attack showed the need for more coordination between the two departments.