German Intelligence blames Russia for Parliament hack. From SC Magazine. Germany’s chief internal intelligence agency has blamed the Russian state for an attack on the German parliament. The Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), which oversees domestic security, has pointed the finger of blame at PawnStorm, an infamous APT group believed to work directly for the Russian state.
- GSA says cyber ‘mistake’ was ‘no breach’; others investigate. From Washington Post. A Government Services Administration office known as 18F functions as a computer consultancy for federal agencies and says it was “built in the spirit of America’s top tech startups.” But this government tech start-up had a technical slip-up of its own. “Over 100 GSA Google Drives were reportedly accessible by users both inside and outside of GSA during a five month period, potentially exposing sensitive content such as personally identifiable information and contractor proprietary information,” according to a “management alert” issued by GSA’s inspector general’s office.
- Manufacturers beef up cybersecurity. From Crain’s Cleveland Business. One thing that helps modern manufacturers stand out in the marketplace — their intellectual property — also makes them an attractive target for hackers. Take United States Steel Corp., for example. The steelmaker last month filed a formal complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, asking the organization to investigate China’s biggest steel producers for unfair trade practices. One that stands out? The allegation that China hacked into U.S. Steel’s systems and stole information on how to make advanced, high-strength steel.