Nisos raises $6M

Nisos has raised $6 million in funding from Columbia Capital.

Salt Security raises $10M

API protection company Salt Security has raised $10 million in funding.

Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices — ZDNet

The Japanese government approved a law amendment on Friday that will allow government workers to hack into people's Internet of Things devices, writes Catalin Cimpanu. Here is the link: https://www.zdnet.com/article/japanese-government-plans-to-hack-into-citizens-iot-devices/

Mayhem, the machine that finds software vulnerabilities, then patches them — IEEE Spectrum

The machine triumphed in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge, where teams automated white-hat hacking, writes David Brumley. Here is the link: https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/mayhem-the-machine-that-finds-software-vulnerabilities-then-patches-them

DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave — Ars Technica

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency directive ordering administrators of most federal agencies to protect their Internet domains, writes Dan Goodin. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/01/multiple-us-gov-domains-hit-in-serious-dns-hijacking-wave-dhs-warns/  

Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers fraud that could cost it $150 million — CNN

DJI has fired some of its employees after uncovering fraud cases that could cost it tens of millions of dollars, writes Joshua Berlinger. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/21/tech/dji-fraud-investigation-china-intl/index.html

DARPA awards GrammaTech $8.4 million autonomous cyber hardening contract

GrammaTech, a developer of commercial embedded software assurance tools and cybersecurity solutions, has been awarded a $8.4 million, four-year contract from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Cambridge Analytica owner fined £15,000 for ignoring data request — The Guardian

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 for failing to respond to an American citizen’s request for copies of information it holds on him, writes David Pegg. Here is...

The Feds cracked El Chapo’s encrypted comms network by flipping his system admin —...

Prosecutors played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzmán the FBI obtained “after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system”, writes Tom McKay. Here is the link: https://gizmodo.com/the-feds-cracked-el-chapos-encrypted-communications-net-1831595734

The government shutdown has severely weakened cybersecurity in the US — MIT Technology Review

In a stalemate over how best to secure America’s southern border, the Trump administration has endangered the integrity of one of the country’s even more important frontiers, according to a post by Karen Hao. Here...

How China’s elite hackers stole the world’s most valuable secrets — Wired

A new Justice Department indictment outlines how Chinese hackers allegedly compromised data from companies in a dozen countries in a single intrusion, writes Brian Barrett.

Ernst & Young, Symantec will go to market jointly with cyber risk management solutions

Ernst & Young (EY) has inked a strategic partnership with Symantec on data protection and cyber risk management for enterprises.

Marriott data breach is traced to Chinese hackers as U.S. readies crackdown on Beijing...

The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that also hacked health insurers and the security...

Amazon exposed customer names and emails in a ‘technical error’ — CNBC

Some Amazon customers received an email from the company telling them their names and emails had been exposed due to a “technical error”, writes Lauren Feiner. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/21/amazon-exposed-customer-names-and-emails-in-a-technical-error.html

Facebook was hacked. 50 million accounts affected.

Facebook says it was hacked, and 50 million user accounts have been affected.