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The first national cyber director has big plans to toughen U.S. digital defenses

America’s first-ever national cyber director Chris Inglis says he has a strategy to get government agencies to toughen up their digital defenses in the face of increasing cyber threats.

Biden official: ‘We don’t know exactly why’ ransomware gang vanished from the web

The Biden administration does not know exactly why the ransomware gang REvil, thought to be based in Russia, has vanished from the dark web, a senior official said Tuesday.

White House announces ransomware task force — and hacking back is one option

The Biden administration is promoting efforts to help agencies go on defense and offense against hackers whose economically paralyzing attacks pose a growing threat to the U.S.

Ransom Negotiation and Data Leak Sites Operated by Attackers Behind Kaseya Hack Go Down

The ransomware hacker gang REvil’s websites are offline, about a week and a half after its attack on IT software vendor Kaseya allowed the criminals to breach hundreds of companies around the world.

Senate confirms Jen Easterly as head of U.S. cyber agency

The Senate on Monday confirmed Jen Easterly to lead the CISA, filling an eight-month leadership void at the top of an agency aiming to address widespread digital weaknesses across the country.

EU, US launch initiative against ransomware

The United States and European governments will coordinate in fighting against ransomware attacks, which have surged in number in recent years, the U.S.'s top security official said Tuesday.

EU to launch rapid response cybersecurity team

The European Commission will present its plan on Wednesday to set up the "Joint Cyber Unit," which would allow national capitals hit by cyberattacks to ask for help from other countries and the EU.

Senate confirms Chris Inglis as Biden's top cyber adviser

Inglis’ new White House office was one of several policy reforms recommended by the congressional chartered Cyberspace Solarium Commission and incorporated into the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill.

Without specifics, Putin says U.S.-Russia reached an agreement to consult on cybersecurity

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said his country and the United States had agreed to enter into "consultations" on cybersecurity following his summit with President Joe Biden.

Ransomware attacks 'are here to stay,' Commerce secretary says

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo argued that the good news in all this was that businesses can make relatively simple changes to protect themselves against such attacks.

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