Akamai acquires Dublin-based Asavie

Akamai Technologies has acquired Dublin-based mobile communications and internet of things (IoT) company Asavie, for an undisclosed sum.

Raytheon sells off Forcepoint cybersecurity solutions portfolio

Global investment firm Francisco Partners has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Forcepoint, a cybersecurity solutions company, and a subsidiary of Raytheon. 

General Dynamics awarded $761 million GSA contract for U.S. Southern Command cyber modernization

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded the Southern Command's (SOUTHCOM) Cyber Information Technology Enterprise Services (SCITES) contract.

US charges Russian hackers behind NotPetya, KillDisk, OlympicDestroyer attacks — ZDNet

The US Department of Justice has unsealed charges against six GRU officers believed to be members of Sandworm, writes Catalin Timpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-charges-russian-hackers-behind-notpetya-killdisk-olympicdestroyer-attacks/

CrowdStrike acquiring Preempt Security

CrowdStrike is acquiring Preempt Security, a provider of Zero Trust and conditional access technology for real-time access control and threat prevention.

Norway says Russia behind cyber attack on parliament — The Moscow Times

Norway's government on Tuesday said that it believes Russia was behind an August cyber attack targeting the email system of the country's parliament, according to an AFP report in Moscow Times. Here...

Deepwatch raises $53M

Deepwatch, a provider of intelligence driven managed security services, has closed a $53 million Series B funding round.

Microsoft takes down massive hacking operation that could have affected the election — CNN

Microsoft has disrupted a massive hacking operation that it said could have indirectly affected election infrastructure if allowed to continue, writes Brian Fung. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/12/tech/microsoft-election-ransomware/

Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors — ZDNet

The Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively, writes Catalin Cimpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/five-eyes-governments-india-and-japan-make-new-call-for-encryption-backdoors/

JupiterOne raises $19M

Cyber security company JupiterOne has raised $19 million in a Series A funding round.

Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history — CNBC

Computer systems for Universal Health Services, which has more than 400 locations, primarily in the U.S., began to fail over the weekend, writes Kevin Collier. Here is the link: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/cyberattack-hits-major-u-s-hospital-system-n1241254

Amazon staffers took bribes, manipulated marketplace, leaked data including search algorithms – DoJ claims...

US prosecutors claim six people bribed corrupt Amazon insiders to rig the the web giant's Marketplace in their favor and leak terabytes of data, writes Simon Sharwood. Here is the link: https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/21/amazon_fraud_bribery_charges/

DHS awards Synthetik $1M to develop ML training data for airport security program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has awarded Austin, Texas-based Synthetik funding to develop machine learning training data.

HCL opens cybersecurity fusion center in Europe

HCL Technologies has opened an European Cybersecurity Fusion Center (CSFC) in Gothenburg, Sweden; the first such center in Europe for the company. 

Attackers are trying to exploit a high-severity zeroday in Cisco gear — Ars Technica

The security flaw resides in Cisco’s iOS XR Software, an operating system for carrier-grade routers and other networking devices used by telecommunications and data-center providers, writes Dan Goodin. Here is the link:...