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When the bits hit the FAN: US military accused of knackering Russian trolls, news org’s IT gear amid midterm elections


*snicker* </end editorial> Despite fried RAID and deleted hard drives, Federal News Agency calls US Cyber Command attack a failure By Thomas Claburn in San Francisco 1 Mar 2019 at 21:05 A Russian news service is claiming that US attacks on it and an organisation accused of state-sponsored trolling has left storage systems damaged and international servers wiped after multiple malware… Continue reading When the bits hit the FAN: US military accused of knackering Russian trolls, news org’s IT gear amid midterm elections

Information operations · Russia · cyberwar · Information Warfare · United States

Opinion: US-Russian cyber war just getting started


The US has figured out correctly that Russia’s president only respects force. But after the revelations of US cyber attacks against Russian targets Vladimir Putin will retaliate, says DW’s Konstantin Eggert. According to The Washington Post, the recently established US Army Cyber Command completely blocked internet services to the Internet Research Agency in Saint Petersburg — better… Continue reading Opinion: US-Russian cyber war just getting started

Information operations · Cybersecurity · Russia · cyberwar · Information Warfare

Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Are Fastest: CrowdStrike


By Eduard Kovacs on February 19, 2019 It takes Russian state-sponsored hackers less than 20 minutes to start moving laterally within a targeted organization’s network after the initial breach, according to CrowdStrike’s 2019 Global Threat Report. The security firm last year introduced a concept it named “breakout time,” which is the time it takes a threat actor… Continue reading Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Are Fastest: CrowdStrike

Cybersecurity · cyberwar

New French Cyber Offense Doctrine


An unofficial translation is available here. https://github.com/SwitHak/SwitHak.github.io/blob/master/Pub/20190119_PDF_TR-FR-EN_Public-elements-of-French-military-doctrine-of-offensive-computer-warfare.pdf Official Document: https://www.defense.gouv.fr/content/download/551531/9394285/Politique%20MINARM%20de%20lutte%20informatique%20OFFENSIVE.pdf </end editorial> En garde! ‘Cyber-war has begun’ – and France will hack first, its defence sec declares Parly-vous cyber-security? No plan to surrender, military bug bounty coming By Gareth Corfield in Lille, France 22 Jan 2019 at 20:12 FIC2019 France’s defence secretary Florence Parly today declared: “Cyber war has begun.” And she… Continue reading New French Cyber Offense Doctrine

Cybersecurity · cyberwar · Information Warfare

New Publication by the NATO CCDCOE: National Cyber Security Strategies Reveal States’ Thinking about Rules in the Cyberspace


Press release 1 February 2019 New Publication by the NATO CCDCOE: National Cyber Security Strategies Reveal States’ Thinking about Rules in the Cyberspace National cyber security strategies serve as useful tool to identify a state´s general position in regards to the rules and principles in cyberspace, finds the NATO CCDCOE´s law researcher Ann Väljataga in… Continue reading New Publication by the NATO CCDCOE: National Cyber Security Strategies Reveal States’ Thinking about Rules in the Cyberspace

Cybersecurity · cyberwar

Massive DDoS Attack Generates 500 Million Packets per Second


DDOS attacks are being mitigated, but they’re gaining strength.  A LOT of strength and power. </editorial> 1/30/2019 Jai Vijayan January 10 torrent involved nearly four times as many packets as last year’s huge attack on GitHub, says Imperva. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks do not have to be bandwidth-intensive to be disruptive and hard to mitigate.… Continue reading Massive DDoS Attack Generates 500 Million Packets per Second

Information operations · Cybersecurity · cyberwar · Information Warfare · lawfare

DOJ moves to take down Joanap botnet operated by North Korean state hackers


This is the lawfare I’ve been advocating.  In our quest for national security, it seems we overlook lawfare, using our laws and the Department of Justice to prevent others from launching crippling attacks on businesses, individuals, and other organizations.   Notice the Joanap botnet began in 2009, and only now, in 2019 are we reacting.  </end… Continue reading DOJ moves to take down Joanap botnet operated by North Korean state hackers