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Insurance Companies Citing “War Exclusion” to Deny Payment of Claims for NotPetya Attacks.

After snack food company Mondelez International was hit by the NotPetya attack in 2017, costs of cleaning up the infection, replacing computer equipment and losses from unfilled orders ran to more than 100 million USD. Mondelez’s insurance company, Zurich Insurance, declined to pay the company’s claim, citing the “war exclusion.” Merck, the pharmaceutical company, said its insurers also refused to pay its claim from NotPetya losses, which totaled nearly 700 million USD. Both companies have challenged the insurance companies’ decisions in court. The lawsuits focus on whether or not the US government’s attribution of the NotPetya attack to Russia is sufficient for the insurance companies to declare a “war exclusion.”

Read more in:
: Big Companies Thought Insurance Covered a Cyberattack. They May Be Wrong.

Law Enforcement Can Use Warrants to Get Device Location Data from Google

Google’s Sensorvault database contains location data for hundreds of millions of devices all over the world. Law enforcement officials have been using warrants to obtain information from Sensorvault in an effort to identify suspects in crimes. Sensorvault holds data from a Google Location History, a function which is not enabled by default, though some services, like traffic alerts, prompt users to enable it. Law enforcement officials have been seeking data from Sensorvault about devices in the vicinity at the time of a crime. While the initial data Google provides are anonymized, once law enforcement has analyzed movements patterns and reduced devices of interest to a smaller number, Google provides law enforcement with the information of the owners of those devices.

Read more in:
: Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works.

USAF Career Path Categories Now Include Cybersecurity(April 11, 2019)

The US Air Force has announced seven new career categories, including intelligence, space, and cybersecurity. Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services told reporters, “We can’t have a one-size-fits-all developmental path.”

Read more in:
: Cyber is among new USAF competitive career categories

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