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Treasury sanctions Russian research institute for Triton attack

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned a Russian government research institution linked to Triton malware targeting industrial safety systems, the first time the U.S. took such an action for an industrial control system attack. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called out the Russian government for continuing “to engage in dangerous cyber activities aimed…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Covid-19 vaccines, economies in peril after Russian APT29 attacks

Warnings by officials in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that Russia’s Cozy Bear, APT29, is actively trying to steal Covid-19 vaccine research by hacking vaccine trials and dropping WellMess and WellMail malware proves at least two things: Russia military intelligence is still going hard against U.S. targets, and the health care industry, particularly during the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Obama admin not ‘well-postured,’ hampered by partisan politics in response to Russian election interference

If there’s a lesson to be learned from partisanship, it’s that it can thwart  government’s efforts to get to the bottom of and respond to a nation-state attack as it did in 2016 when heated politics thwarted the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee found.   “The…
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Russian Turla group masqueraded as Iranian hackers in attacks

The Russian hacker group Turla disguised itself as Iranians and stole state secrets from multiple countries, authorities from the U.S. and U.K. said Monday.  “Identifying those responsible for attacks can be very difficult, but the weight of evidence points towards the Turla group being behind this campaign,” Paul Chichester, director of operations at GCHQ’s National Cyber Security…
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Russian hacking group STRONTIUM attacking corporate IoT devices, Microsoft says

A state-backed Russian hacking group, dubbed STRONTIUM, has been attacking corporate IoT devices, according to a blog post recounting the finds of researchers at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center. In April, the researchers “discovered infrastructure of a known adversary communicating to several external devices as well as “attempts by the actor to compromise popular IoT devices (a…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Mueller’s testimony clear: Russian election meddling ongoing

Despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s slow, halting cadence, and apparent difficulty hearing or understanding some questions put to him by members of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the former FBI director delivered a clear message – Russia engaged in a sweeping campaign to me the 2016 U.S. election and those efforts will intensify in 2020…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Mueller confirms Russian interference, declines to clear president of obstruction, steps down as special counsel

Special Counsel Robert Mueller reiterated Wednesday the findings of his nearly two-year probe, confirming that Russia, in “multiple, systematic efforts,” interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in an effort to damage former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House by hacking systems associated with the Democratic Party, coordinating the steady release…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News, States of Security

DeSantis says Russians hacked two Florida county election info in 2016

Following a briefing by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed that Russian hackers accessed election information in two of the state’s counties after successful spear phishing attempts, although the governor declined to name the counties at the behest of investigators. “I’m not allowed to name the counties.…
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Mueller report details Russian interference in 2016 election, interactions with Trump team, WikiLeaks

Russian military intelligence apparently successfully penetrated an unnamed Florida county election system and gained “access to the network of at least one Florida county government.” And that’s just one of the findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report released Thursday. In the sprawling 448-page, partially redacted report, Mueller methodically laid out Russia’s efforts to…
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Schiff rebuffs calls to resign, recounts evidence of Trump team coordination with Russian operatives

Nearly a week after Special Counsel Robert Mueller turned in his report on the Russian probe and amid calls for Rep. Adam Schiff to resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, the committee’s first hearing got off to a fiery start with Schiff reasserting his belief that members of the Trump campaign had inappropriate…
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