Posted August 4, 2015
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“Planned Parenthood said electronic traffic to its websites was snarled by computer hackers on Wednesday in the second cyber attack mounted against the healthcare organization this week amid a controversy over alleged sales of aborted fetal tissue. Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale “distributed denial-of-service,” or DDoS, attack, the organization said.”
“Financial companies are facing extortion threats from hackers who threaten to knock their websites offline unless firms pay tens of thousands of dollars, an FBI agent told MarketWatch Thursday. More than 100 companies, including targets from big banks to brokerages in the financial sector, have received distributed denial of service threats since about April, says Richard Jacobs, assistant special agency in charge of the cyber branch at the FBI’s New York office. With these types of attacks, known as DDoS, criminals jam websites by flooding them with useless traffic. The ransom requests typically run in the tens of thousands of dollars and in some cases, the companies have paid up, Jacobs said.”
Legal and Regulations
“On July 21, 2015, Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced legislation directing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to promulgate federal regulations setting minimum cybersecurity and privacy standards for all motor vehicles manufactured for sale in the United States. The Security and Privacy in Your Car Act (the SPY Car Act) specifies that the NHTSA and FTC together issue Notices of Proposed Rulemaking within 18 months, and final regulations within three years of the act’s enactment. The SPY Car Act will apply to vehicles made two years after final cybersecurity and privacy regulations are issued.”
“Two southern Californians were criminally charged over their alleged roles in a conspiracy to steal 94,000 credit and debit card numbers from Michaels Companies Inc customers, in a prominent 2011 cyberattack affecting the largest U.S. arts and crafts retailer.”