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Obama admin not ‘well-postured,’ hampered by partisan politics in response to Russian election interference

If there’s a lesson to be learned from partisanship, it’s that it can thwart  government’s efforts to get to the bottom of and respond to a nation-state attack as it did in 2016 when heated politics thwarted the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee found.   “The…
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…
Cybercrime, Legal, Security News

Russian who allegedly ran illegal Cardplanet site extradited to U.S.

The alleged operator of a website that sold payment card numbers stolen from hacked entities was hauled into a Virginia federal courtroom yesterday after Israel extradited the defendant, despite reported efforts by Russia to prevent the prisoner from reaching American soil. Russian national Aleksei Burkov, 29, is accused of running Cardplanet, which offered visitors the…
Cybercrime, Finance, Retail, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

DDoS attackers claim to be Russian APT group, demand ransom

A group of extortionists claiming to be the Russian APT group Fancy Bear launched a ransom denial of service (RDoS) campaign against numerous industry sectors earlier this month, demanding a payment of 2 Bitcoin to stop bombarding victims with amplified traffic. In all likelihood, the attackers are not truly members of a Russian intelligence agency’s…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Russian Turla group masqueraded as Iranian hackers in attacks

The Russian hacker group Turla disguised itself as Iranians and stole state secrets from multiple countries, authorities from the U.S. and U.K. said Monday.  “Identifying those responsible for attacks can be very difficult, but the weight of evidence points towards the Turla group being behind this campaign,” Paul Chichester, director of operations at GCHQ’s National Cyber Security…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Trojanized Russian-language Tor browser lets attacks steal from users’ e-wallets

Researchers have discovered a trojanized version of a Tor private browser that targets Russian-speaking dark web marketplace visitors and lets cybercriminals steal from their e-wallet transactions. The developers behind the malicious browser have so far stolen at least $40,000 in bitcoin, although the true number is likely higher. Researchers from ESET discovered a version of…
"EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying a violation of Fourth Amendment"
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Finance, Legal, Security News

Russian man pleads guilty to financial firm hacks

Russian Andrei Tyurin has pleaded guilty to taking part in a cybercriminal campaign that targeted the U.S. financial sector and stole personal data from roughly 100 million customers of various firms, the DOJ announced this week. Tyurin, 35, pleaded guilty in a Southern New York federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit computer…
APTs/cyberespionage, Privacy & Compliance, Security News

Russian hacking group STRONTIUM attacking corporate IoT devices, Microsoft says

A state-backed Russian hacking group, dubbed STRONTIUM, has been attacking corporate IoT devices, according to a blog post recounting the finds of researchers at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center. In April, the researchers “discovered infrastructure of a known adversary communicating to several external devices as well as “attempts by the actor to compromise popular IoT devices (a…
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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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Mueller’s testimony clear: Russian election meddling ongoing

Despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s slow, halting cadence, and apparent difficulty hearing or understanding some questions put to him by members of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the former FBI director delivered a clear message – Russia engaged in a sweeping campaign to me the 2016 U.S. election and those efforts will intensify in 2020…
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