Cybersecurity is poised to become a higher White House priority when President-elect Joe Biden takes office. And he's expected to renew key international relationships needed in the fight against cyberattacks.
The good news: U.S. election security measures seem to have worked. The bad news: Disinformation and misinformation campaigns continue. Tom Kellermann, who served as a cybersecurity adviser to President Obama, offers advice for President-elect Joe Biden and others on protecting critical infrastructure.
President-elect Joe Biden's approach to cybersecurity will likely mirror that of his old boss, former President Barack Obama. Expect Biden's White House to increase pressure on Russia, practice greater involvement in cybersecurity and return to higher levels of coordination than President Trump demanded.
A hacking operation that targeted defense contractors earlier this year was more expansive than first thought, with hackers using never-before-seen malicious tools to target specific victims, McAfee reports. A North Korean-linked APT group is suspected of carrying out the attack.
The U.S. government has released additional details that it says further prove that an "Iranian group" sent a series of threatening emails to some Democratic voters in the weeks leading up to the 2020 elections, as part of a disinformation campaign designed to sow confusion.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion with FBI Agent Elvis Chan on the cyber disruptions to expect immediately after the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Also featured: smart lock security flaws; cryptocurrency-funded crimes in 2021.
Turla, a hacking group based in Russia, is deploying a revamped set of customized tools to target potential victims, including a European government agency, for its espionage campaigns, according to Accenture.
FBI agent Elvis Chan has dedicated the past four years to ensuring U.S. election security. With the Nov. 3 election less than a week away, he opens up on concerns about Russian, Chinese and Iranian interference and threats he'll be watching before and after the vote.
Online disinformation campaigns by nation-state actors are the biggest cyberthreat to the U.S. election as hackers attempt to influence final vote tallies as a way to undermine confidence, according to a Digital Shadows report. Russian hackers are most active, followed by Iran and China.
The Treasury Department has issued sanctions against a Russian research institute that U.S. officials now claim helped deploy Triton, destructive malware designed to damage industrial control systems. The announcement follows other economic penalties levied against Iran in the same week.
The European Union has issued sanctions against two Russian nationals alleged to have hacked Germany's lower house of parliament, or Bundestag, in 2015. EU officials say both men work for the Russian military intelligence unit GRU.
U.S. intelligence officials say a Russia-backed hacking group has compromised some state and local government computer systems since at least September and exfiltrated data. So far, however, the attackers do not appear to have attempted to otherwise interfere with or disrupt those networks.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the U.S. indictment against Russian hackers who were allegedly behind NotPetya. Also featured: A discussion of nation-state adversaries and how they operate; an update on Instagram privacy investigation.
U.S. officials have blamed Iran for sending a barrage of fake emails and videos to American voters with a Democratic Party affiliation as part of a campaign to push misinformation and sow confusion in the days before the presidential election.
An indictment unsealed this week demonstrates the degree to which Western intelligence agencies have apparently been able to infiltrate the Russian intelligence apparatus to trace attacks back to specific agencies - and individual operators. Shouldn't Russian spies have better operational security?