Politics Hillicon Valley: World disgusted by racist abuse toward players | Senate unanimously approves Jen Easterly to lead DHS cyber agency | WhatsApp privacy update sparks complaint from EU consumer groups
Can Biden do anything to stop ransomware attacks?
An expert on why ransomware is a threat with international political implications.And this weekend, a ransomware group called REvil struck another business, demanding $70 million in payment to unlock the systems of software company Kaseya. By attacking Kaseya, these hackers exploited all of its clients, meaning dozens and dozens of businesses experienced the cyberattack, from a Swedish grocery store chain to schools in New Zealand.
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32 Angry Consumer Complaints to the FTC About Binance
Binance, the largest cryptocurrency platform in the world, has processed over $5.4 trillion in crypto transactions so far this year. But financial regulators around the globe have recently taken aim at the Cayman Islands-based company and the Wild West attitude of platforms that sell cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, dogecoin, and ethereum, among thousands of others. © Illustration: Vicky Leta/Gizmodo Gizmodo submitted a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Trade Commission, asking for any complaints filed with the FTC about Binance.
An onslaught of racist vitriol towards members of England's soccer team flooded social media platforms, sparking fierce backlash. Twitter said it was taking action against the racist posts.
Meanwhile, the U.S.'s cybersecurity leadership got a boost on Monday, with the Senate approving the nomination of Jen Easterly to serve as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Chris Inglis formally sworn in as White House national cyber director. The movement on the nominations came on the heels of escalating cyberattacks, most recently this month's ransomware attack on software company Kaseya.
WORLDWIDE OUTRAGE: The sports world is reeling Monday morning after an onslaught of racist vitriol was spewed on social media toward members of England's soccer team following Sunday's Euro 2020 final, in which England was beaten by Italy in penalty kicks.
Chris Inglis formally sworn in as national cyber director
Former National Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Director Chris Inglis was formally sworn in as the first White House national cyber director on Monday.Inglis's swearing in, confirmed to The Hill by a spokesperson for the White House's National Security Council, came almost a month after the Senate unanimously approved his nomination, and follows multiple major cybersecurity incidents such as last week's ransomware attack on software group Kaseya. Bloomberg Government first reported Inglis's planned swearing-in late last week.
, and - who are Black - were the final three penalty kick takers for England during the shootout.
All three missed, sealing the victory for Italy.
It was a bitter defeat for England, which jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the game and hasn't won an international championship since the 1966 World Cup.
Almost instantly, Instagram and Twitter became inundated with waves of racist abuse aimed at the young stars, all of whom play for top-flight clubs in Europe.
The outpouring of hate has received widespread condemnation.
Twitter's response: Twitter on Monday said it is taking action on the growing score of racist posts the players.
In a statement to The Hill on Monday, the social media company condemned the "abhorrent racist abuse" directed at the players and said the attacks have "absolutely no place" on its platform.
WhatsApp gets a new feature and thus becomes one of its largest competitors always similar
Facebook Wilder again once again at competition: after the group has already snapped the stories known from Snapchat, now the automatically vanishing photos and videos at WhatsApp. Beta testers got the iPhone update on Friday. According to "WABETAINFO" , the beta version in June should also be available for Android users. It is possible that you reach all WhatsApp users in the fall.
"In the past 24 hours, through a combination of machine learning based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules - the vast majority of which we detected ourselves proactively using technology," a Twitter spokesperson said in the statement.
BIG DAY FOR CYBER NOMINEES: The Senate on Monday unanimously approved the nomination of Jen Easterly to serve as director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Easterly's nomination was approved by the Senate weeks after Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) a vote on Easterly until either President Biden or Vice President Harris visited the U.S.-Mexico border. Harris visited the southern border late last month, and Scott has since lifted his hold.
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which considered and approved Easterly's nomination, expressed frustration Monday that she was not confirmed earlier.
Hillicon Valley: Russian hacking group believed to be behind Kaseya attack goes offline | DHS funding package pours millions into migrant surveillance | Jen Easterly sworn in as director of DHS cyber agency
Welcome to Hillicon Valley, The Hill's newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. If you don't already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking HERE. Welcome and Happy Tuesday! Follow our cyber reporter, Maggie Miller (@magmill95), and tech team, Chris Mills Rodrigo (@millsrodrigo) and Rebecca Klar (@rebeccaklar_), for more coverage. Websites used by the cyber criminal group known as REvil went dark Tuesday, just over a week after the group was linked by cybersecurity experts to the ransomware attack on software company Kaseya.
"Before the Senate adjourned for the July 4th holiday, I stood right here and urged my colleagues to confirm her for this vital position," Peters said on the Senate floor on Monday. "I warned that without confirming Ms. Easterly, we risked leaving ourselves vulnerable to cyberattacks, and in the two weeks since I last called on my colleagues to approve this critical nomination, nation state actors and criminal organizations have continued their relentless targeting of the United States."
Meanwhile, Chris Inglis, approved by the Senate last month to serve as the nation's first White House national cyber director, was formally sworn into the position on Monday.
The European Consumer Organization (BEUC), an umbrella consumers group based in Brussels, along with eight of its members in various countries, filed the complaint against the platform, owned by Facebook, arguing it failed to explain in "plain and intelligible language the nature of the changes."
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ICYMI: A BRIEF TRIP TO SPACE: Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson successfully landed on Earth just after 12 p.m. ET Sunday, becoming the first billionaire to launch into space.
Branson made the trip, which lasted about 90 minutes, in a spaceplane created by his company that launched on Sunday morning after a 90-minute delay. After he exited the spacecraft, he hugged loved ones and celebrated with fans.
"What a day, what a day, what a day, what a day," Branson said in remarks following the landing.
The launch from Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America in New Mexico was slightly delayed on Sunday morning due to weather. It came just days before Amazon founder is set to launch into space on his own spacecraft.
What we're watching this week:
-A House Judiciary Committee subcommittee will examine law enforcement use of facial recognition technology during a on Tuesday.
-The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will consider multiple pieces of cyber-related legislation during a , including a bill to protect K-12 institutions against hackers.
A federal judge just declared DACA unlawful. Here’s what that means.
The decision halts DHS’s ability to accept new DACA applicants.In his 77-page opinion, district court Judge Andrew Hanen concluded that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is unlawful because it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs federal rulemaking, by evading the normal “notice and comment” process in adopting new rules.
-The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a Thursday on supply chain resiliency featuring testimony from technology experts.
-The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a Thursday on reforming the Department of Homeland Security to meet evolving threats, which will likely include discussions of recent cybersecurity incidents.
An op-ed to chew on:
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House passes host of bills to strengthen cybersecurity in wake of attacks .
The House on Tuesday approved five bipartisan measures designed to enhance various aspects of the nation's cybersecurity following recent major cyberattacks. The cyber-related package passed in a 319-105 vote. It included measures to fund cybersecurity at the state and local level, bolster reporting requirements and test critical infrastructure.One bill, the State and Local Cybersecurity Act, would establish a grant program to provide $500 million annually to state and local governments over the next five years for cybersecurity needs. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.