How North Korea Used Crypto to Hack Its Way Through the Pandemic

The isolated country continues to find ways to evade sanctions and generate income while operating on the fringes of the global financial system.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #lazarus-group, #north-korea, #virtual-currency

After Israel’s Spies Hit Iran Hard, an Intelligence Official Loses His Job

After a series of damaging failures, a senior Iranian intelligence official lost his job and a Revolutionary Guards general was said to have been arrested.

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Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow’s disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Fears Grow Over Iran’s Nuclear Program as Tehran Digs a New Tunnel Network

The conflict over the program is about to flare again as President Biden travels next month to Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran’s two biggest regional rivals.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gantz-benny, #grossi-rafael, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #israel, #middle-east, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Vows to Defend Taiwan, But China Has The Upper Hand

Biden pledges to defend Taiwan against China but U.S. is outgunned

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing’s increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers friends.

#check-point-software-technologies-ltd, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #rostec-corp, #russia, #xi-jinping

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Experts who track the hackers’ actions said the group had recently begun to shift its focus to countries in Central and South America, perhaps as retaliation against nations that have supported Ukraine.

#chaves-rodrigo, #costa-rica, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The February attack rattled Pentagon officials and private industry because it revealed new vulnerabilities in global communications systems.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #european-union, #gru-russia, #mandiant-corp, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #satellites, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Russia’s War Has Been Brutal, but Putin Has Shown Some Restraint. Why?

Western officials are debating the Kremlin’s calculations in not trying harder to halt weapons shipments in Ukraine. Analysts wonder whether a bigger mobilization by Moscow is on the horizon.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #infrastructure-public-works, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Partisan Fight Breaks Out Over New Disinformation Board

The board, an advisory group with the Department of Homeland Security, has become embroiled in the debate over the government’s role in policing online content.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds

A new study by Microsoft shows that Russian cyberattacks often happened within days or even hours of missile strikes.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #microsoft-corp, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Hackers Claim to Target Russian Institutions in Barrage of Cyberattacks and Leaks

While the authenticity of leaked data could not be verified, the effort appears to be part of a campaign by hackers opposed to the Kremlin.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #distributed-denial-of-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gru-russia, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Free Advice for Putin: ‘Make Peace, You Fool’

John Arquilla explains how Ukrainians have adopted the three new rules of war.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine Says It Thwarted a Sophisticated Russian Cyberattack on Its Power Grid

Experts say the hacking, while unsuccessful, was among the most complex cyberattacks they have seen in the war so far.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #gru-russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Is Trump the Democrats’ Secret Weapon?

There are days when it certainly seems that way.

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U.S. Says It Secretly Removed Malware Worldwide, Pre-empting Russian Cyberattacks

The operation is the latest effort by the Biden administration to thwart actions by Russia by making them public before Moscow can strike.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Hackers’ Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren’t Fooling Anyone. So What’s Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers’ intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

#belarus, #computer-security, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

When Nokia Pulled Out of Russia, a Vast Surveillance System Remained

The Finnish company played a key role in enabling Russia’s cyberspying, documents show, raising questions of corporate responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #nokia-oyj, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging

U.S. Accuses 4 Russians of Hacking Infrastructure, Including Nuclear Plant

The announcement covered hackings from 2012 to 2018, but served as yet another warning from the Biden administration of Russia’s ability to conduct such operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-security-service, #justice-department, #kansas, #monaco-lisa-o, #russia, #saudi-arabia

With Eye to Russia, Biden Administration Asks Companies to Report Cyberattacks

A new law requires companies to tell the federal government about hacks, but the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency still has to work out the details of what must be reported.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #easterly-jen, #law-and-legislation, #russia, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel Blocked Sale of Pegasus Spyware to Ukraine and Estonia

The Eastern European countries had sought to buy Pegasus, spyware made by an Israeli firm, to carry out intelligence operations against Russia, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #estonia, #israel, #nso-group, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Biden Warns Private Sector of Potential Russian Cyberattacks

The president cited “evolving intelligence” and urged companies to strengthen their defenses immediately.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

For the U.S., a Tenuous Balance in Confronting Russia

Navigating between aiding Ukraine and avoiding an escalation with Moscow has led to a tangle of decisions and sometimes tortured distinctions over weapons and other elements of policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #military-aircraft, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turkey, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Why You Haven’t Heard About the Secret Cyberwar in Ukraine

The digital confrontation is playing out in the shadows, as inconspicuous as it is insidious.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Finding a Way Out of the War in Ukraine Proves Elusive

Attempts at diplomacy have hit a stone wall as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia refuses to engage in any serious negotiation, but his endgame is unclear.

#biological-and-chemical-warfare, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

The Ukrainian Cyberwar That Wasn’t

Hacks and other cyberweapons might not revolutionize warfare after all.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

How Far Would Biden Go in a Cyberwar Against Putin?

Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, discusses how the battle in cyberspace is shaping up.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #neuberger-anne, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Will Putin’s Information Iron Curtain Backfire in Russia?

The Russian leader may be risking an information revolution at home.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #swisher-kara, #ukraine

Inside the U.S. Race to Arm Ukraine Against Russia

The United States has walked to the edge of direct conflict with Russia in an operation that is reminiscent of the Berlin airlift of 1948-49, but far more complex.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #nakasone-paul-m, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-cyber-command, #zelensky-volodymyr

A Paranoid Person’s Guide to Preparing for Digital Danger

Russia’s attack may have you wondering what will happen if the conflict spills into cyberthreats beyond Ukraine’s borders. Here’s what you can do to ease your mind.

#content-type-service, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #data-storage, #google-inc, #personal-finances, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict With No One in Charge

The hackers have claimed a number of disruptions over the past week, blurring the lines between amateurs and groups linked to governments.

#anonymous-internet-group, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #hold-security-llc, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

I’ve Dealt With Foreign Cyberattacks. America Isn’t Ready for What’s Coming.

U.S. leaders must rethink the current cyberdefense system and rally around a centralized regulator. 

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states

How Ukraine’s Military Has Resisted Russia So Far

Ukrainian troops have mounted a stiffer-than-expected opposition against a superior force in the early days of the war. But U.S. officials say it may not last.

#civilian-casualties, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #milley-mark-a, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Tech Companies Help Defend Ukraine Against Cyberattacks

After years of talks about the need for public-private partnerships to combat cyberattacks, the war in Ukraine is stress-testing the system.

#belarus, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #national-security-agency, #neuberger-anne, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #twitter, #ukraine, #united-states-cyber-command, #youtube-com

The Sunday Read: ‘The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon’

A New York Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #industrial-espionage, #israel, #politics-and-government, #privacy

Russia Could Use Cryptocurrency to Mitigate U.S. Sanctions

Russian companies have many cryptocurrency tools at their disposal to evade sanctions, including a so-called digital ruble and ransomware.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #moscow-russia, #russia, #treasury-department, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #virtual-currency

Kazakhstan’s Internet Shutdowns Could Be a Warning for Ukraine

Control of the internet is increasingly part of any modern conflict.

#censorship, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #kazakhstan, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Durham Distances Himself From Furor in Right-Wing Media Over Filing

The special counsel implicitly acknowledged that White House internet data he discussed, which conservative outlets have portrayed as proof of spying on the Trump White House, came from the Obama era.

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Justice Dept. Announces Raft of Changes Meant to Deter Cyberthreats

The moves came a week after the department made its largest financial seizure ever, confiscating over $3.6 billion worth of Bitcoin stolen in a 2016 hacking.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #monaco-lisa-o

U.S. Sends Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on Ukraine’s electric grid, its communications systems and its government.

#computer-security, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #neuberger-anne, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Wave of Bomb Threats Heightens an Already Tense Mood in Ukraine

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #kyiv-ukraine, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus and the world.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #internal-storyline-no, #israel, #nso-group, #politics-and-government

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#apple-inc, #arms-trade, #central-intelligence-agency, #commerce-department, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #djibouti, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #israel, #justice-department, #khashoggi-jamal, #martinelli-ricardo, #mexico, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mohammed-bin-zayed, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #niv-karmi, #nso-group, #omri-lavie, #panama, #privacy, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #secret-service, #shalev-hulio, #smartphones, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-post, #wireless-communications

Russia’s Military, Once Creaky, Is Modern and Lethal

A significantly upgraded military has emerged as a key tool of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, as he flexes his might around the globe and, most ominously, on the Ukraine border.

#chatham-house-the-royal-institute-of-international-affairs, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #friendly-fire-military-and-law-enforcement, #hodges-ben-1958, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Parag Agrawal Shakes Up Twitter’s Security Team

Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s new chief executive, terminated the company’s head of security this week. Twitter’s chief information security officer is also leaving.

#agrawal-parag, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #rinki-sethi, #social-media, #twitter, #zatko-peiter-c

Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

#belarus, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #kyiv-ukraine, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion

If the West fails to meet its security demands, Moscow could take measures like placing nuclear missiles close to the U.S. coastline, Russian officials have hinted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. Names Official to Counter Foreign Election Interference

The director of national intelligence appointed a C.I.A. veteran to the post amid delays in congressional approval of money for a new office to oversee threats to American politics from abroad.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #pierson-shelby, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ransomware Group REvil Dismantled in Raids, Russia Says

Moscow said the ransomware group REvil “ceased to exist” after raids and arrests. It is not clear if the operation will ease tensions with Washington.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-security-service, #putin-vladimir-v, #revil-hacking-group, #russia, #ukraine

Hackers Bring Down Government Sites in Ukraine

A cyberattack defaced the Foreign Ministry website with a message saying “Be afraid,” a day after the latest round of high-stakes talks intended to forestall a Russian invasion.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #ukraine