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Security firm uncovers new cyber group targeting government, military sectors in espionage campaign


BY OLIVIA BEAVERS – 10/10/18 09:00 AM EDT 9 A new cyber group appears to have been targeting government and military organizations this past year as part of an espionage campaign, a security firm said on Wednesday. Symantec researchers say they have discovered a new cyber group that they’ve dubbed “Gallmaker,” which has carried out highly targeted attacks against targets such as overseas embassies in an… Continue reading Security firm uncovers new cyber group targeting government, military sectors in espionage campaign

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Atlantic Council: Western Nations Go On the Offensive Against Russian Cyberattacks


OCTOBER 4, 2018 Atlantic Council’s Ben Nimmo warns: polarization is America’s Achilles’ heel BY ASHISH KUMAR SEN Western governments on October 4 unleashed a torrent of accusations against Russia saying its intelligence agency was responsible for cyberattacks on inquiries into Olympic doping, a former spy’s poisoning, and the downing of a commercial aircraft in 2014.… Continue reading Atlantic Council: Western Nations Go On the Offensive Against Russian Cyberattacks

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Russian cyber attacks: Are we in the midst of a new Cold War?


In the old days, I would have agreed with the author’s final assessment, we are not in a cold war because “[h]acks still happen every day, true, but digital infrastructure survives and thrives despite them.” Except they don’t. The author does not appear to be familiar with Stuxnet and Shamoon. Both cyber attacks disabled physical… Continue reading Russian cyber attacks: Are we in the midst of a new Cold War?

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US Cyber “Defend Forward” Takes On A Whole New Look: Allies


In light of the US’ recent Cyber Strategy, this new wrinkle in “Defend Forward” may cause nightmares for potential adversarial countries.  Cyber Mission Force Achieves Full Operational Capability FORT MEADE, Md. — All 133 of U.S. Cyber Command’s cyber mission force teams achieved full operational capability, Cybercom officials announced today. (17 May 2018) The concept was pioneered in… Continue reading US Cyber “Defend Forward” Takes On A Whole New Look: Allies

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U.S. Case Involved Alleged Russian Intelligence Theft Through Kaspersky


September 26, 2018 02:30 GMT RFE/RL A U.S. intelligence worker has been sentenced to prison for transferring top-secret material to a home computer that was allegedly accessed by Russian intelligence through Kaspersky software. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, a 10-year veteran of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) elite Tailored Access Operations hacking unit, was sentenced to… Continue reading U.S. Case Involved Alleged Russian Intelligence Theft Through Kaspersky

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What Does “Defend Forward” Cyber Strategy Mean?


This morning I did a very loud and painful facepalm when reading an analysis of the new DoD Cyber Strategy. I shall leave the guilty party unidentified, it’s really that bad. A large portion of the analysis focused on the “where” of “defending forward”. It doesn’t matter. In the relatively short period of time in… Continue reading What Does “Defend Forward” Cyber Strategy Mean?

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White House Releases New Cyber Strategy Easing Rules on Offensive Operations 


The White House released a new National Cyber Strategy on Thursday easing restrictions on offensive operations and the use of cyber weapons, building on an updated Pentagon plan announced earlier this week to broaden the response to ongoing digital attacks. Document: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/National-Cyber-Strategy.pdf?_ga=2.205412755.2094111794.1537481176-1686560796.1522101986