Cyberespionage News, Articles and Updates

Calif. man pleads guilty to ID fraud in deal with Mueller probe

Richard Pinedo pleaded guilty to selling to persons overseas bank account numbers that were opened using identities stolen from U.S. citizens.

Mueller charges Russian nationals, 3 organizations, for interfering in U.S. presidential election

The coconspirators committed identity theft, ran afoul of the FECA and participated in other fraudulent activities when presenting themselves as Americans on social media platforms and attempting to influence the election.

U.S. vows Russia will pay "costs" for NotPetya

White House cybersecurity czar Rob Joyce said there will be consequences for Russia on the international stage.

Cyber a top priority, Russia will flex its muscle in 2018 midterms, intel chiefs tell Senate

Russia's actions are part of a dangerous trend as cyber grows to a "top priority" security threat, lawmakers and members of the intelligence community said at the annual Senate Intelligence Committee World Threats hearing.

U.S. intel ponies up $100K to Russian operative for NSA hacking tools hawked by Shadow Brokers

The U.S. government was very interested in getting back the cyberweapons nicked from the NSA and posted online but eventually nixed the deal because they feared being sucked into a Russian effort to cause chaos in the U.S.

Trump nixes declassification of Dem memo rebutting FBI FISA abuse

White House lawyer Don McGahn said the memo contains classified information.

DHS Manfra says Russians successfully penetrated some state election systems

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson urged states to take action to thwart election hackers.

Fancy Bear targets defense contractors email to steal tech secrets

Just as they did with former Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta, Fancy Bear tried to trick employees at companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Co., and Airbus Group into handing over their credentials.

House committee OKs release of Dem memo refuting Nunes Russian probe FISA abuse claims

After first refusing last week to release the 10-page memo authored by Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Committee relented and the document's fate now lies with President Trump.

President declassifies, House committee releases, Nunes memo on alleged FISA abuses

Rep. Devin Nunes, who reportedly did not review the underlying classified information, said the memo exposes serious violations of trust regarding the FBI's surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page.

White House won't impose additional sanctions on Russia

A veto-proof majority in Congress passed Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act last July mandating the sanctions on Russia and eliminating the president's ability to lift them unless lawmakers give their approval.

U.K Defence Minister says Russian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure could kill thousands

British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson warned that Russia cyberattacks could damage the U.K.'s economy and infrastructure.

Missing texts between FBI agents recovered, Justice IG says

The Justice Department had previously said 50,000 text messages between the two agents from mid-December 2016 to mid-May 2017 had not been retained and stored.

Global tech firms let Russian defense agency peek into source code to search for flaws

McAfee, Symantec, Micro Focus and SAP all have submitted to the practice, sparking concern at the Pentagon and among lawmakers.

Florida cop bought cyberespionage software on own dime

A Florida state law enforcement officer purchased publicly available software which could allow the interception of social media messages, email and other information.

House chairs mull releasing classified info behind Nunes FISA abuse memo

Democrats have called Nunes's memo nothing more than GOP talking points meant to divert attention away from the merits of Russian investigations being conducted by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller.

FBI lost some texts of agent involved in Russia, Clinton probes

The FBI said "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI collection capabilities" prevented the retention of texts between mid-December 2016 and mid-May 2017.

DETER Act aimed at punishing Russia, other nation-states for election interference

The senators that introduced the bill said that election integrity is not a party issue.

Mueller grand jury and House intel committee subpoena Bannon

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is likely looking for former White House adviser Steve Bannon to shed light on a meeting in Trump Tower between Donald Trump, Jr. and Russian operatives, and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Bannon to testify before House intel committee

Bannon, once Trump's campaign manager, will testify behind closed doors before the Housr Intelligence Committee probing Russia's interference on the U.S. presidential election.

In a pair of contradictory tweets, Trump blasts, praises FISA

President Trump initially contradicted a White House statement supporting FISA with a tweet ripping the act as potentially having been used to spy on his campaign, then clarified his support for the legislation in a second tweet.

Mueller's team includes cyber expert

Dickey is the first of Mueller's expanding, expert team who focuses exclusively on cybersecurity.

Cardin report blasts Trump's inaction on Russian interference

For the second time in two days, Congressional Democrats have run counter to the wishes of their Republican colleagues by releasing information pertinent to Russia's cyberespionage activities and interference in democratic processes.

Mole on Trump team fed FBI info, Steele worried about political influence on FBI, Fusion GPS head says

Defying her GOP counterparts on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein made public the testimony of the CEO of Fusion GPS, the firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the controversial Trump dossier.

Aspen Cyber Strategy Group holds inaugural meeting to tackle cybersecurity issues

The organization is chaired by IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty, Rep. Will Hurd, and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa O. Monaco.

Trump directed McGahn to press Sessions not to recuse himself from Russia probe

Mueller reportedly has handwritten notes by former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus from conversations with the president that corroborate former FBI Director James Comey's account of meetings with Trump.

Papadopoulos drunken revelations to Australian diplomat sparked Trump-Russia probe, report

During a night at London's Kensington Wine Rooms in May 2016, George Papadopoulos told Australian Alexander Downer that Russia had damaging information on Trump opponent Hillary Clinton.

Researchers Untangle Patchwork cyberespionage attacks

Trend Micro researchers trailed the activities of the Patchwork cybergang over the course of its campaigns in 2017.

Kaspersky blames U.S. for cyberespionage accusations

After Kaspersky Lab's software was banned from federal agencies, the company embarked on a transparency initiative.

Chinese nationals affiliated with Boyusec indicted

The trio, Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei, worked together to hack corporations and steal sensitive documents and communications, according to a Justice Department release.