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GRC news roundup: Russian hacking allegations persist

After the U.S. was allegedly plagued by Russian cyberattacks during the election, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties are now calling for investigations. Also in recent GRC news: U.S. auto-safety regulators proposed new rules that would require car manufacturers implement technology in vehicles allowing cars to “talk” to each other in an effort to improve safety, and a recent study showed that one fourth of worldwide ransomware attacks target the United States.

Russian hacking allegations continue

Talk of Russian intervention in the presidential election did not end on Election Day. Now, Democrats and Republicans alike are calling on the U.S. government to open a full investigation into just how large a role Russia played in shaping the 2016 presidential race, the New York Times reported. President Obama has ordered a full intelligence review of Russian hacking that he wants completed by the time he leaves office on January 20.

New allegations suggest that Russia is not stopping with the U.S. election process, the BBC reported: German politicians warn that the country’s 2017 parliamentary lower house (Bundestag) election is now at risk of Russian intervention via cyberattacks, after files hacked from Bundestag in 2014-2015 recently surfaced on WikiLeaks. The files were stolen from the committee that was responsible for investigating the NSA‘s spying on German politicians.

Both the Kremlin and President-elect Donald Trump alike have refuted the CIA and FBI’s claims of Russian election hacking, with Trump recently tweeting, “If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?”

Next-gen cars to communicate with each other

Auto regulators have proposed new rules that would require car-manufacturers to implement crash- avoidance technology that allows cars to communicate with each other, USA Today reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is striving to eliminate roadway deaths within 30 years, and this technology implementation would mark a significant step to meet that goal.

The technology, dubbed “V2V” or “vehicle to vehicle” within the auto-industry, “would require automakers to comply on 50% of their new vehicles within two years and 100% within four years,” according to USA Today.

Malware attacks on the U.S. increase

A recent analysis conducted by security firm Malwarebytes has shown that more than a quarter of ransomware attacks blocked by its software targeted users in the United States, eWEEK reported. After analyzing about half a million ransomware attacks in 200 countries, the company discovered that 26% of attacks targeted the U.S., with Germany and France in distant second and third places, respectively.

Adam Kujawa, director of malware intelligence at Malwarebytes, told eWEEK that ransomware has seen significant growth in 2016, saying, “Throughout the whole year, ransomware has been the dominant problem. It has just kept growing.”