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Manafort reportedly visited Assange three times at Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort denied reports that Manafort met with the site’s founder Julian Assange several times after he sought asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the most recent just a few months before WikiLeaks began publishing emails pilfered from the DNC by Russian operatives and intended to sway the…
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An Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Revolution, You Say?

As a security practitioner, we're sure you've heard of the benefits that open source intelligence (OSINT). But what exactly is it and how can you leverage it as it relates to your current security strategy? This article answers that question and more.

Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking
Government/Defense, Security News

U.S. reportedly asks allies to nix Huawei

The U.S. government reportedly has asked its allies to not use equipment from the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies. The intelligence community has grown increasingly concerned over the security of Huawei products, prompting the government to ask ISPs and telecom companies in other countries, particularly those where the U.S. has military bases, to spurn them, according…
Donald Trump
Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Trump wanted Comey, Clinton investigated, reports say

On the heels of President Trump submitting written answers to questions posed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who’s investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, and amid speculation that Trump associates are likely to be indicted soon for coordinating the release of stolen DNC emails with WikiLeaks, new reports say that Trump wanted the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Cannon’ downloader tool added to Fancy Bear’s APT arsenal

A new cyber espionage campaign from the Russian APT group Fancy Bear has added some firepower in the form of a new malicious first-stage downloader tool called Cannon. Cannon diverges from Fancy Bear’s (aka Sofacy, APT28) usual downloader trojan, Zebrocy, in that it leverages email protocols for C2 communication as opposed to HTTP or HTTPS.…
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…
Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Justice Dept. has prepared indictment against Assange, court docs reveal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has long justified his self-imposed asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – even after receiving citizenship – because he feared the U.S. would arrest him. Now, it seems he’s right, according to an unrelated court filing in Virginia that inadvertently revealed that Justice Department has an indictment ready to go…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Facebook spurns report that it kept Russian activity under wraps

Facebook Thursday rebutted allegations that the company knew early in 2016 about Russian activity on the social media platform and failed to promptly investigate it. “This is not true,” the company said of a report by the New York Times that asserts Facebook knew of the Russian efforts to leverage its platform to exert influence,…
Security News

Suspected Chinese TEMP.Periscope phishing campaign adopts Russian APT techniques

The Chinese threat actor TEMP.Periscope is being blamed for a phishing-based malware campaign last July against a U.K.-based engineering company, only researchers say the perpetrators exhibited Russian APT techniques to carry out their mission. A company blog post from Recorded Future’s Insikt Group division reports that the attackers used known, published tactics from reputed Russian…
Network Security, Security News

Google hit with IP hijack taking down several services

Google G Suite yesterday had much of its traffic re-routed through Russia and dropped at China Telecom, according to the network intelligence company Thousand Eyes. Thousand Eyes at this time reported Google was victimized by a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attack. Google confirmed there was an issue, but does not believe it was done intentionally.…
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