The U.K. Labour Party says its systems were hit by a large-scale online attack that disrupted access to some campaigning systems, but led to no breach. The attack report comes amidst the Conservative government's refusal to release a report into alleged Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.
The White House has developed protocols for notifying the public of nation-state hacking or other interference during the 2020 presidential election cycle. But the full framework has not yet been released.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of how Twitter allegedly was used to spy on critics of the Saudi Arabian government. Also featured: A preview of the new NIST Privacy Framework and an update on business email compromise attacks.
The Chinese advanced threat group APT41 is using a new espionage tool to intercept SMS messages from specific phone numbers by infecting mobile telecommunication networks, according to the security firm FireEye Mandiant.
Calling election security a "national emergency," nearly 100 past and current Democratic and Republican lawmakers and other government officials have sent a letter to the Senate calling for passage of stalled legislation.
Senior government officials in at least 20 countries, including the U.S. and India, were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook's WhatsApp to take over users' phones, Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the messaging company's investigation.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is pushing a proposal that would ban U.S. telecommunications firms from using commission funds to buy equipment from companies deemed national security threats. The new rule would first target Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.
Facebook is suing NSO Group, a spyware company, alleging it developed a potent exploit to spy on WhatsApp messages sent by diplomats, journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents. Facebook is seeking damages and an injunction forbidding NSO Group from accessing its infrastructure.
Russian attack group Turla has been named and shamed for hijacking Iranian nation-state attackers' infrastructure. The aim of GCHQ and NSA's attribution is, in part, to make Turla's future cyber espionage efforts more costly and time-consuming.
The country of Georgia has been hammered by a massive cyberattack that disrupted access to at least 2,000 government, news media and court websites, with many homepages replaced with a photograph of the country's former president, according to news reports.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes how the Russian hacking group Turla has been coopting Iranian hacking tools. Plus: Avast's CCleaner hit by second attack; sizing up draft regulations for the California Consumer Protection Act.
Facebook has removed four networks - three from Iran and one from Russia - after its investigation revealed they were spreading misinformation regarding politics and news related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The action is part of a larger effort by the social media firm to clamp down on abuse.
Turla, an advanced persistent threat group with apparent ties to Russia, seized attack infrastructure and tools used by OilRig, an Iranian APT group, U.K. and U.S. intelligence agencies have jointly reported. They say Turla used the coopted infrastructure to conduct its own reconnaissance and attacks.
"Silent Librarian," a hacking group with apparent ties to the Iranian government, is continuing to revamp and refine its phishing techniques as it targets research universities in the U.S. and Europe in an attempt to steal intellectual property, according to the security firm Proofpoint.