A government spending bill that provides funding for securing election systems and defending against Russian cyberattacks passed the House on Thursday and will make its way to the Senate. The bill would provide $380 million in grants to update voting systems and $307 million for counterintelligence against Russian cyberattacks.
Five universities have partnered to create OmniSOC, an operations center providing cybersecurity information to its members. Northwestern University, Rutgers University, Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln created OmniSOC, which will focus on reducing the time between discovering a threat and mitigation through real-time monitoring and threat detection services.
The city of Atlanta's network was hit by a ransomware attack recently, leaving many government applications down, officials announced. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told residents and employees to monitor their accounts while the FBI investigates the attack to determine if sensitive data were accessed.
A class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica after data harvesting on the social media website was revealed. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook did not protect user data and that Cambridge Analytica exploited that data.
Google is developing blockchain technology to secure transactions and data in its cloud business, sources tell Bloomberg. Google reportedly hopes to use the technology to set its cloud services apart from those offered by rivals.
By focusing so heavily on HomeKit, Apple has positioned voice assistant Siri to act as a home control hub, writes Ross Rubin. The company's strategy is designed to differentiate Siri from its main competitors: Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.
China's Ministry of Commerce is reportedly seeking more concessions from Qualcomm to protect the interests of Chinese chip designers before it clears the proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. The antitrust regulatory decision comes amid a backdrop of increasing trade relations between China and the US, as President Donald Trump last week squelched Singapore-based Broadcom's bid to purchase Qualcomm on national security grounds.
Apps receiving large amounts of Facebook user data will now be audited, the social network announced in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica election-year controversy. App developers will also be required to obtain signed-contract approval if they wish to access a user's posts or private data.
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