The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the U.S. indictment against Russian hackers who were allegedly behind NotPetya. Also featured: A discussion of nation-state adversaries and how they operate; an update on Instagram privacy investigation.
U.S. officials have blamed Iran for sending a barrage of fake emails and videos to American voters with a Democratic Party affiliation as part of a campaign to push misinformation and sow confusion in the days before the presidential election.
An indictment unsealed this week demonstrates the degree to which Western intelligence agencies have apparently been able to infiltrate the Russian intelligence apparatus to trace attacks back to specific agencies - and individual operators. Shouldn't Russian spies have better operational security?
The U.S. indictment charging that six Russian GRU military intelligence officers were responsible for numerous cyberattacks highlights Moscow's seemingly unending appetite for online destruction. Experts say more than indictments will be required to curb such activity.
U.S. officials have accused the Russian government of behaving "maliciously or irresponsibly" by taking steps such as crashing Ukraine power grids in the dead of winter and causing more than $10 billion in damages via NotPetya malware. But why make the accusations now? And how might Moscow respond?
Has the nation-state threat become like the weather - something everyone talks about, but no one can do anything about? It's time for a strategic change. A panel of experts offers a frank discussion of nation-state actors, their ongoing intrusions and what "taking off the gloves" might look like.
The U.S. Justice Department unsealed indictments against six Russian military officers on Monday, alleging that they carried out a series of major hacking operations, including deploying destructive NotPetya malware - tied to more than $10 billion in damages - and attacking the 2018 Olympics.
The FCC is asking the Justice Department and other executive branch agencies if China Unicom's operations within the U.S. pose a significant enough national security threat to merit revoking the company's business license.
Security experts are urging organizations to patch a newly revealed serious flaw in Microsoft SharePoint as quickly as possible because proof-of-concept exploit code is already available. The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center warns that hackers frequently target fresh SharePoint flaws.
A report from Google's Threat Analysis Group offers fresh details about the hacking group that targeted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign with phishing emails earlier this year. The phishing effort was linked to a little-known hacking group called APT31, which has connections to China.
A hacking group with suspected ties to Iran's government is again targeting universities in the U.S. and around the world, according to researchers with security firm Malwarebytes. "Silent Librarian" typically attempts to steal intellectual property.
The U.S. Justice Department has seized 92 domains that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was using to support a global disinformation campaign. This was the latest in a series of steps to crack down on Iran's interference activities.