May 2017

Wired: Fixing the Cell Network Flaw That Lets Hackers Drain Bank Accounts

Recently, hackers managed to drain bank accounts across Germany. They did so not by hacking the banks themselves, but by exploiting a long-known flaw in a global telephony protocol known as Signaling System 7. It’s the kind of attack that researchers have warned about for years—and may finally be the one the gets the telecom industry to clean up its giant SS7 mess.

Vice: Here are all the members of Congress calling for an independent investigation after Comey’s abrupt dismissal

President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, prompting practically every member of Congress to weigh in. Many — including some prominent Republicans — are furious, dubbing the dismissal “Nixonian” and “a constitutional crisis.”

SC Magainze: Can Congress do anything to address SS7 risks? Some say yes

Politicians are becoming increasing aware and concerned about cybersecurity issues.  One need look no further than two recent letters written by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore), senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.).  Both are leading congressional advocates for stronger cybersecurity and privacy measures.

The Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers demand to know more about a proposed medical experiment on dogs at Los Angeles VA

Dogs could be dying as part of a proposed experiment at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and members of Congress say they want more information about animal testing at the facility.

In a Monday letter to the Veterans Affairs Inspector General, Nevada Rep. Dina Titus and eight members of Los Angeles' delegation demanded to know more about the experiment, including how much it could cost and what other experiments the Los Angeles VA is conducting on animals.

itNews: Known SS7 flaw used to drain bank accounts

Hackers have exploited long-known vulnerabilities in the SS7 networking protocol to drain customer bank accounts, despite years of warnings about the security holes.

Signaling System No.7 (SS7), as the protocol is known, is used by more than 800 telcos around the world, allowing customers in one country to send text messages to users in different countries.

The protocol also helps with interoperability between networks, and allows for phone calls to go uninterrupted while in low signal areas.