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U.S. urges Linux users to secure kernels from new Russian malware threat

Linux users should not assume they are safe from the ambitions and reach of reputed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which has been using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux systems. Called Drovorub, the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Podcasts, Security News

‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…
USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Report: Russian-sponsored hackers could have modified U.S. voter data, but didn’t

Russian state-sponsored cyber actors “conducted an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. elections,” the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concludes in the first volume of its report on Russia’s efforts to interference in America’s most recent presidential election. Released yesterday, volume one focuses specifically on…
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Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Sen. Hyde-Smith blocks 3 security bills on same day Mueller warns of Russian meddling

On the same day that former U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller publicly testified that Russia is actively taking measures to interfere with America’s 2020 elections, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked the passage of three bills designed to boost the security of elections or the federal government. Yesterday, the senator rejected two separate bills (1, 2),…
FSB headquarters Lubyanka Square Moscow
Data Breach, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…
Government, Security News

Russian-based misinformation campaign sends fake news from spoofed accounts

A Russian-based information operations campaign used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms to attack western interests.  Researchers from the Center for Strategic & International Studies detailed a report on a  Russian-based misinformation operations campaign that used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms, at times impersonating real individuals who were politically active in their home…
Seeing the green: Troon Golf and Fortinet
Security News

Russian national charged with hacking Pittsburgh golf course to commit fraud

A Russian national was charged with hacking into the computer systems of Pittsburgh National Golf Course in Gibsonia, Pa., to commit various types of fraud. Ilya Kulkov, of Barnaul, Russia, was charged with a five-count indictment accusing him of crimes including wire fraud, computer fraud and money laundering, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Cozy Bear tracks: Phishing campaign looks like work of Russian APT group

Recently detected spear phishing activity suggests that the Russian APT group Cozy Bear may have emerged from its hibernation and become officially operative once more. Last last week, respected cybersecurity firms CrowdStrike and FireEye both issued warnings referencing a widespread phishing campaign targeting multiple industry sectors, while implementing the tactics, techniques and procedures of Cozy…
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Cybercrime, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Federal employee infects gov’t network with Russian malware through adult video websites

An employee at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) infected his agency’s network with Russian malware delivered via adult websites. The Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation into suspicious internet traffic at the agency’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center satellite imaging facility in Sioux Falls, SD when they found an employee visited some…
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