Cyberespionage News, Articles and Updates

ACLU to deliver petition requesting Amazon stop selling surveillance technology to the government

The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups are delivering their petition to Amazon's Seattle headquarters today requesting that it stop selling surveillance technology to the government.

Former CIA developer charged in Vault 7 hacking tools release

The newest indictments against Joshua Adam Schulte supersedes previous indictments for the transmission of what came to known as the Vault 7 releases.

House committee Republicans reject resolution demanding DHS info on ZTE

Fearing that President Trump would "go easy" on ZTE, eschewing a recently imposed ban and lifting sanctions, House Committee on Homeland Security Democrats had wanted to tap DHS for information related to the the Chinese telecom company.

Cambridge Analytica exec met with Assange in 2017 to discuss election, donated cryptocurrency to WikiLeaks

Brittany Kaiser, a director at the data analytics company, told friends she visited Assange on February 17, 2017, and also had donated to the whistleblower site via cryptocurrency.

North Korea who met with Pompeo was spy chief behind Sony hack

Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol is credited with building North Korea's hacker army.

State elections systems still hackable, report

Recent data breaches, vulnerable voting machines, inconsistent security practices a complex decentralized election system provide several attack vectors for attackers looking to influence elections.

Court dismisses Kaspersky suits challenging U.S. government ban

President Donald Trump in December signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R.2810), which contained a section prohibiting federal use of products and services from Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.

Hacker with Russian intel ties pleads guilty to gmail hacks

23-year-old Canadian citizen Karim Baratov pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and identity theft in November.

Trump administration says close to deal to help ZTE, report

ZTE was also pegged by the intelligence community as posing a security risk to the U.S. after researchers discovered backdoors in its Android phones that could allow the monitoring of user behavior.

Roger Stone sought dirt on Clinton from WikiLeaks through friend

Stone sought emails pertaining to Clinton's involvement in an alleged 2011 failed peace deal with Libya, according to a September 2016 email from Stone to New York radio personality Randy Credico.

DHS's Nielsen frustrates lawmakers with claim not to have read intel that Russia meddled to help Trump

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Russia clearly tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election but noted she'd not read intel reports that suggested the nation-state did so to help President Trump.

Justice Department IG will probe Trump's allegations that FBI improperly targeted his campaign

IG Michael Horowitz will look at whether political motivations were behind a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion by members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

Sun Team's RedDawn campaign targets North Korean defectors and journalist

The second campaign from the "Sun Team" hacking group managed to sneak its way into the Google Play Store that actively targeted North Korean defectors.

President Trump reverses position on ZTE ban despite security warnings, House committee rebukes

The Trump administration is working to lift sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE despite top intelligence officials' warnings that the company poses a security risk to the U.S.

Senate intel committee concurs with IC that Russia meddled in election to help Trump, hurt Clinton

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, said Wednesday it supported the conclusions of the intelligence community that found Russia sought to aid Trump.

McFaul says Putin invested billions in trolls and bots to propagate chaos

Putin has grown less risk-averse in playing his hand against Western democracies, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Friday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

ZooPark cyberespionage campaign targets Androids in the Middle East

A cyberespionage operation targeting Android users in the Middle East has been exfiltrating the data of unsuspecting users since June 2015.

GOP House Intel report clears Trump team of collusion, Dems say not so fast

The committee has long been fractured along party lines with the Democratic faction accusing their GOP colleagues of trying to sabotage the investigations.

Kaspersky challenges Twitter's decision banning company's ads

Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky penned a letter to Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey defending his compsny's transparency and business practices.

DNC files suit against Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks over 2016 election interference

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit Friday in a federal district court in Manhattan against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and the Russian government for conspiring to swing the election toward Donald Trump.

Critical infrastructure needs shoring up after U.S., U.K. blame Russia for attacks

Shortly before resigning his position, former White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce vowed the U.S. would take aggressive action against Russia.

Comey says Trump team didn't ask about Russian threat, would handle Clinton email differently

In the soon-to-be released book A Higher Loyalty, Comey said during a Trump Tower meeting in January 2017, neither the president-elect or members of his incoming team asked for details on the Russian threat.

DHS acknowledges unauthorized foreign Stingray use in Washington D.C.

The United States government for the first time publicly acknowledged the existence of what appear to be stingray devices used by foreign intelligence in the U.S. capital region

Gates was in touch with Russian spy during presidential campaign, Mueller court docs show

A sentencing document in the case of Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan—who has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about Gates and an unidentified associate.

Fancy Bear suspected in United Kingdom's Anti-Doping Agency cyberattack

Fancy Bear hackers are suspected of launching a foiled cyber-attack on the United Kingdom's Anti-Doping Agency.

Top Trump campaign officials urged Papadopoulos to meet with Russians

In an email sent in September 2016 Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lanza told Papadopoulos to do an interview with the news organization, the Washington Post reported.

Misstep reveals Guccifer 2.0 as Russian GRU operative

They were able to peg the hacker from his Moscow IP address, which appeared in a U.S. social media company's logs.

Omnibus bill draws praise for $380M toward election security, criticism for including CLOUD Act

House Democrats touted the bipartisan effort to secure elections but called the funding just the beginning while rights activists expressed dismay that the CLOUD Act was tacked on to the end of the bill.

Stamos reportedly leaving Facebook over transparency regarding Russia's social media activities

Alex Stamos reportedly differed with management on transparency regarding Russian operatives leveraging the its platform to disrupt U.S. democratic processes influence the presidential election.