CNN reports that recently leaked U.S. intelligence files are having their veracity doubted by U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace, who noted that some of the assertions included the leak were false based on open source information.
"I have seen in that leak a number of inaccuracies, significant inaccuracies, or manipulation of information. My advice is don't take it at face value. There are definitely things in there that I've seen that I know not to be true," said Wallace to journalists.
Wallace's statements are in contrast to pronouncements of the Biden administration taking the leaks seriously. Except for a falsified document with modified Russian and Ukrainian casualty counts, most of the leaked documents' legitimacy has not been questioned by U.S. officials. Moreover, Massachusetts Air National Guard Airman Jack Teixeira has been arrested in relation to transmitting the leaked data.
While National Security Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby noted that the leaked information does not represent up-to-date assessments, it still represents a significant threat of U.S. national security.
Ukrainian hacktivist operation IT Army has taken responsibility for a significant distributed denial-of-service attack against Russian local airline booking system Leonardo, which is used by over 50 Russian carriers, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
New attacks with the updated SysUpdate toolkit have been deployed by Chinese advanced persistent threat operation Budworm, also known as APT27, Emissary Panda, Bronze Union, Lucky Mouse, Iron Tiger, and Red Phoenix, against an Asian government and a Middle East-based telecommunications provider, reports The Hacker News.
Forty-five malicious NPM and PyPI packages have been deployed by threat actors to facilitate extensive data theft operations as part of a campaign that commenced on Sept. 12, according to BleepingComputer.