The road to our connected future may be paved with good intentions, but it may not be secure enough to drive on.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In an era of highly-publicized breaches of personally identifiable information, technology officials at all levels of government are looking to find ways to best protect the data on their networks.


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday revealed that 21.5 million people were swept up in a colossal breach of government computer systems that was far more damaging than initially thought, resulting in the theft of a vast trove of personal information, including Social Security numbers and some fingerprints.


SAN FRANCISCO — An elite group of security technologists has concluded that the American and British governments cannot demand special access to encrypted communications without putting the world’s most confidential data and critical infrastructure in danger.


WASHINGTON — Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about players.


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Chinese professor and the indictment of five other Chinese citizens in what it contended was a decade-long scheme to steal microelectronics designs from American companies on behalf of the Chinese government.


Security experts warn that cyber criminals are setting up fake WiFi hotspots, luring consumers to hand over the keys to their computers.


Program Aims to Bolster Nation's High-Tech Workforce


Narae Y. from Gallagher Elementary School, Alaina R. from All Saints Catholic School, and Neela M. from Gallagher Elementary School.


"We expect an attack that will cause significant and lasting damage to a major world economy through physical and economic impacts," he told the European Information Security Summit 2015 in London.


A hacker group has stolen as much as $1 billion from banks and other financial companies worldwide since 2013 in an "unprecedented cyber-robbery," according to computer security firm Kaspersky Lab.


A Wilmington man helped Delmarva Power avoid a possible hack that could have potentially put the information of any user at risk.


The connected car is under attack. Not from hackers, just yet. But from the media and policymakers at the moment.


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The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment.


In response to the increasing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the launch of the 2015 Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative aimed at providing students with training in cybersecurity.


Less than 48 hours after warnings first surfaced about powerful espionage malware called "Regin" - also known as "Regis" - debate continues to rage over who's been running the related attack campaigns, for what purpose, and if anti-virus vendors should have sounded related alerts more quickly.


The Federal Trade Commission on Monday penalized TRUSTe, a company that certifies websites for compliance with various privacy standards, saying it had deceived consumers about its recertification program and allowed itself to be falsely portrayed as a nonprofit corporation.


An old spear-phishing campaign targeting business executives is still active.


Cyber Attack on Nation's Critical Infrastructure Concerns that Russian hackers have been targeting America's power grids, nuclear plants and oil pipelines.


PHILADELPHIA -- Card data of ACME shoppers may be at risk after another hack, the supermarket's owner said.



After the announcement of Delaware Chief Information Officer James Sills’ departure in August, the state has a new technology leader: Gov. Jack Markell’s nomination of James Collins as the new Delaware CIO was confirmed by the state Senate on Oct. 8.


Security leaders sound off: The CSO role may look different in every organization, but in an increasingly connected and open society, it's a critical one.


This month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center kicked off October as Cyber Security Awareness Month to raise awareness about cybersecurity in an effort to educate Americans about how to protect themselves online.


The shortage of cybersecurity experts is well documented. So what are agencies doing to fill the gap? Major retailers are not the only targets for cybercrime, despite what the recent headlines may suggest. State and county governments are equally at risk of attack, and it’s a risk that many take seriously.


“Delaware Democratic Gov. Jack Markell called on Congress yesterday to support state cybersecurity efforts, decrying “the incredible gridlock and dysfunction here in Washington.”


Delaware Democratic Gov. Jack Markell: “It is well past time that Congress acted and stopped abdicating its responsibility for the nation’s security to the president...”


Two hackers who were part of an international group that called itself "Xbox Underground" admitted to charges Tuesday that could put them behind bars for up to five years and cost them millions in fines.


Cyber criminals posing as Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) employees are defrauding the public. The IC3 has received complaints from victims who were receiving e-mails purported to be from the IC3. This advisory informs readers how the scheme works, offers measures to help mitigate the threat, and advises how to report incidents to law enforcement.


Home Depot, UPS, Michaels, Target, PF Changs, LaCie and eBay all hit by Credit Card Data Breaches in 2014.


Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.


The website of the Delaware State Treasury was hacked early Monday by a group espousing a pro-Palestinian message. The message appeared on the front of the site Monday morning before state officials, and a company that hosts the agency's site, responded.


In January 2014, Cisco released the results of an in-depth analysis of the economic benefits of the Internet of Everything (IoE) for the public sector.


A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.


The Georgia Tech Research Institute has developed a new open source intelligence-gathering system aimed at helping organizations detect a cyber attack before it happens.


NEWARK, Del. - The best warriors are battle-tested. So how do you identify and train the most skillful up and coming cyberwarriors when the combat they practice - hacking - is illegal?


State officials on Monday warned Delawareans to ignore suspicious postcards labeled "Unclaimed Property Notification."


U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is proud to announce the winners of the Delaware Summer Cyber Camp competition. This morning, over 60 camp participants were divided into teams to compete in the "Capture the Flag" competition with the winning team comprised of Robert Crissman of Dover, Delaware; David Hom of Smyrna, Delaware; Helen Meehan of Newark, Delaware; Phillip Petty of Camden, Delaware; and Jesse Samluk of Wilmington, Delaware.


The U.S. government has just wrapped up one of the largest cyber exercises to date, involving more than 500 participants from the military, law enforcement, civilian agencies, academia and the commercial sector.


A strategic cyber attack against the United States is the most serious threat facing the country, the admiral slated to be the next commander of the U.S. Northern Command told Congress last week.


U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) will host its Summer Cyber Camp program in conjunction with the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) from July 21-25, 2014. This will be the fifth consecutive year for the State of Delaware U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp. The camp includes four days of intensive instruction by SANS instructors, a career fair, and a cyber-attack and defense competition with an awards ceremony to honor the winners.


Salisbury, Md. - Transportation officials in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and numerous other states are warning the public about a scam involving E-ZPass.


Windows 7 users have had a lot of fun recently. Poking fun at Windows 8 is a popular pastime as is teasing those too stubborn to abandon the Windows XP sinking ship, but now comes their own wake up call. Microsoft has formally announced that mainstream support for Windows 7 will end on 13 January 2015 - just 5 months away.


Hackers may have breached the Office of Personnel Management's network, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed Thursday. Another U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation said the intrusion has been traced to China...


Spread the Word! The first of three application periods will close August 1st for the U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship! The U.S.A. Cyber Warrior Scholarship assists transitioning veterans interested in attaining certification, easing their transition into the civilian workforce and building a career in information or cyber security.


Tech start-ups continue to get hit by extortion attempts from cybercriminals who aim to shut down their systems until companies pay their ransom.


Cybercriminals are spreading messages claiming that the insanely popular HBO series will end after season 4 because they know it is the perfect link bait. It's disguised as a java update to view a report on Game of Thrones being cancelled. It's a hoax to deliver malware.


The email attachment looked like a brochure for a yoga studio in Toulouse, France, the center of the European aerospace industry. But once it was opened, it allowed hackers to sidestep their victim's network security...


On May 31 - June 1, 2014, more than 11,000 citizens representing government, businesses, nonprofits, technologists, and entrepreneurs are participating in more than 95 simultaneous civic hacking events in 83 cities across the US as part of the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking.


eBay confirms users' passwords were compromised but says there's no evidence any financial information was accessed.


Scammer Posing as Maine Employer Attempts to Gain Personal Information from Job Seekers.


Weeklong day camp for students comprised of cyber security workshops, labs, and a competition. The camp will focus on topics such as intrusion detection, penetration, and forensics.


Wilmington University's Mark Hufe talks with Pat Ciarrocchi about preventing security breaches.


David Helkowski set out to be a whistle-blower; he now faces the feds and unemployment


The universe of threats may seem limitless, but 92% of the 100,000 incidents we've analyzed from the last 10 years can be described by just nine basic patterns.


Would you like fried wontons with that Malware?


They came in through the Chinese takeout menu.


We can learn from front-line government experts who are 'in the arena.' Delaware is raising the bar for the nation in many areas of cybersecurity.

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WDDE audio coverage of the Cyber Aces Championship.


Noah Andrews, Kevin Kaminski, and Yingbo Wang took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the Governor's Cyber Aces State Championships on Saturday.


The Governor’s Cyber Aces State Championship over the weekend capped a six-month search to discover and develop new cybersecurity experts.


Cyber Aces offers its competition under the main sponsorship of the SANS Institute, a foundation offering high-level courses in cybersecurity education and training.


Delaware's first Cyber Aces State Championship is being held on Saturday at the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus in Dover.


Delaware's first Cyber Aces State Championship is being held Saturday at the Delaware Technical Community College


U.S. Sen. Tom Carper noted the University of Delaware's emphasis on cyber security studies during a March 26 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing.



If you attend a conference or read an article on security, you're likely to get the impression that the biggest threats facing the enterprise are cyber-attacks and hackers. However, a new survey conducted by digital security firm Globalscape points the finger squarely at employees.


Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data.


Millions of us share our most personal sentiments and our most potentially damaging data through our smartphones. They're the most personal communication devices we own, and they are compromised to the hilt. It is time to lock them down.


NASCIO applauds the Administration for publishing a consensus-based, voluntary Cybersecurity Framework.


When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player's location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents.


Amid the debate over an effort to remove most of the Air National Guard's (ANG) full-time cyber experts, the ANG continues to help defend the nation's computer networks from digital attacks of others.


After millions of Snapchat usernames and other data were posted online, a group is saying it revealed the partial phone numbers and other information because the social-sharing service didn't do enough to increase its security.


Target is investigating a security breach involving stolen credit card and debit card information for millions of its customers.


Torched by disclosures that the National Security Agency routinely tapped into their data and spied on people and businesses, some of tech's biggest names have banded together to form what is essentially an anti-NSA coalition.


Researchers with Trustwave's SpiderLabs discovered more than 2 million stolen passwords to websites such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo while investigating a server in the Netherlands that cyber criminals use to control a massive network of compromised computers.


Seattle hospital discloses malware attack that exposes 90,000 patient records.


Delaware's Chief Security Officer, Elayne Starkey , was a recent guest on CIO Talk Radio. Elayne shared her thoughts on the challenges of cyber security in the workplace with the advent of BYOD. (Bring Your Own Device)


In a study of employee susceptibility to phishing attacks, security-awareness training firm ThreatSim finds that an average of 18 percent open phishing messages and click on the malicious link inside.


The Small Business Association offers new online security training to small business owners to help protect sensitive data.


A lawmaker has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate online ad companies that track consumers across devices, like showing them ads on their phones based on Web sites they visit on a computer.


The cost of a U.S. cyber attack increased 78 percent over the past four years -- 26 percent in the past year -- and the occurrence and sophistication of such attacks also are on the rise, according to a new report.


The majority of U.S. consumers freely admit to sharing personal details online that put them at risk. That's the not so surprising finding of a new national survey released by Visa here today to open its annual Visa Security Summit.


Cyberattacks have grown so much, Berglas says, that there are basically two types of firms: 'Those companies that have been hacked, and those that are going to be hacked again.'


Gov. Markell joined Cyber Ace Founder Alan Paller at Charter School of Wilmington to kick off the state's initiative in the Cyber Aces program. The program will recruit and train anyone, over the age of 16, who demonstrates a high level of technical skill for the growing career field of cyber security.


Pro-Syrian government hackers defaced a Marine Corps recruitment website Monday, posting a letter on Marines.com arguing that the Syrian government is "fighting a vile common enemy."


Two men arrested by Canadian police Thursday in the case of a teenage girl who died following a suicide attempt after months of cyber bullying have been charged, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.


Hackers exploited a security flaw in web-based software used by the University of Delaware, and stole names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and university identification numbers of over 72,000 current and past employees - including student workers.


Car hacking is not a new field, but its secrets have long been closely guarded. That is about to change, thanks to two well-known computer software hackers who got bored finding bugs in software from Microsoft and Apple.


As many as 500,000 U.S. jobs are lost each year from costs associated with cyber espionage, according to a report released this week by the security firm McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


An increasing number of Android phones are infected with mobile malware programs that are able to turn the handsets into spying devices, according to a report from Kindsight Security Labs, a subsidiary of telecommunications equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.


A deeply divided House defeated legislation Wednesday that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting vast amounts of phone records, handing the Obama administration a hard-fought victory in the first Congressional showdown over the N.S.A.'s surveillance activities since Edward J. Snowden's security breaches last month.


The FBI has ranked cyber crime as the greatest threat to U.S. national security behind nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction. First State students are learning what it takes to face some of the 21st centuries biggest security threats. Federal and state officials joined together at Wilmington University's New Castle campus on Friday to congratulate the 4th graduating class of the United State Cyber Challenge Delaware Camp. 47 students from Delaware's universities spent a week at the campus taking specialized cyber security classes from college teachers and cyber security experts.


Students from Delaware universities learn how to hack and defend computer systems during a week long cyber camp. Mark Hufe, the Director of Wilmington University's Center for Cyber Security, says there's a need for professionals in this particular field. Delaware is one of four states to host the U.S. Cyber Challenge Camp and forty-seven students graduated from the program on Friday.


U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) will host its Summer Cyber Security Camp program in conjunction with the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College and the State of Delaware from July 8-12, 2013. The U.S. Cyber Challenge Cyber Summer Camp is an important initiative for the advancement of cyber security professionals in the workforce.


Maintenance workers discovered two skimming devices Friday while checking out the pump equipment at a north Wilmington gas station, police said.


Major U.S. bank websites have been offline a total of 249 hours in the past six weeks, perhaps the clearest indication yet that American companies are prime targets in an unrelenting, global cyber conflict.


U.S. Senator Chris Coons introduced the Cyber Warriors Act of 2013 to establish Cyber Guards' as part of the National Guard.


Hackers attack bank minutes after NSA chief warns senate about hackers attacking banks.


Delaware 4th and 5th graders sent in over 1,000 posters this year for the 2012-2013 Cyber Security Poster Contest.


The Federal Trade Commission said that it had recently filed eight lawsuits in federal courts around the country against companies it accused of ordering or engineering the sending of hundreds of millions of spam text messages to mobile phone users.


MandiantR, the leader in advanced threat detection and response solutions, released a detailed report exposing a multi-year espionage campaign by one of the largest "Advanced Persistent Threat" (APT) groups.


In an interview with Information Security Media Group, Elayne Starkey, Delaware's CSO, says the balance in the Bring-Your-Own-Device program is to maintain a secure government network and allow the functionality for her employees to use their own devices.


The Emergency Alert System broadcasted warnings of zombie attacks in Montana, Michigan, and New Mexico on Feb. 11 after hacks of the computers that control the system, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


The Center for Internet Security (CIS) announced its Cyber Teaching Hospital, which will provide residency training programs for undergraduate and graduate students and give them the necessary skills to supplement the nation's critical need for a trained cyber workforce.


President Obama Issued an Executive Order for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.


Governor Jack Markell announced that the 8-member Department of Technology and Information Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Team is the 2012 recipient of the Governor's Team Excellence Award.


The State of Delaware's cyber security team celebrated the national and international recognition it recently received Wednesday.