Chinese hackers launch cyberattacks against Ukraine | U.S. FBI says it disrupted Russian hackers | Meta removes Facebook accounts to tackle misinformation ahead of Philippines polls
Hacker groups believed linked to China have launched cyberattacks against Ukraine following Russia's invasion, according to U.S. security companies. Nikkei Asia
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has wrested control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances away from Russian military hackers by hijacking the same infrastructure Moscow’s spies were using to communicate with the devices, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Reuters
Meta on Wednesday suspended a network of over 400 accounts, pages and groups ahead of general elections in the Philippines as the Facebook parent moves to crack down hate speech and misinformation. Reuters
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Chinese hackers launch cyberattacks against Ukraine amid war
Hacker groups believed linked to China have launched cyberattacks against Ukraine following Russia's invasion, according to U.S. security companies.
U.S. says it secretly removed malware worldwide, pre-empting Russian cyberattacks
The New York Times
Kate Conger and David E. Sanger
The United States said on Wednesday that it had secretly removed malware from computer networks around the world in recent weeks, a step to pre-empt Russian cyberattacks and send a message to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
Russians discussed killings of civilians in radio traffic intercepted by Germany, officials say
The New York Times
Shashank Bengali and Katrin Bennhold
German intelligence has intercepted radio transmissions in which Russian forces discussed carrying out indiscriminate killings north of Kyiv, the capital, according to two officials briefed on an intelligence report.
Russia takes steps to punish Google over YouTube 'fakes'
Russia's communications watchdog said on Thursday it was taking punitive measures against Google, including a ban on advertising the platform and its information resources, for violating Russian law.
Facebook cracks down on covert influence networks targeting Ukraine
The Washington Post
Facebook said Thursday it disrupted several covert influence operations targeting Ukrainians, as the company has intensified its fight against campaigns seeking to influence public opinion about the war.
Meta: Russian invasion driving more disinformation online
Hackers aligned with Russia broke into the social media accounts of dozens of Ukrainian military officers and were working to upload videos of defeated and surrendering Ukrainian soldiers when the plot was disrupted, according to a report Thursday from Meta that details a troubling increase in social media disinformation this year.
Apple puts Putin opposition app back on Russia App Store
Apple has put a voting app back on its app store in Russia that was created by Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
‘TikTok is having a bad war,' say disinformation experts
The war in Ukraine has rapidly positioned TikTok as the number one source of misinformation thanks to its gigantic number of users and minimal filtering of content, experts say.
Ukrainian women trying to reach the UK getting creepy messages on Facebook
Women seeking refuge in the UK are being sent "suspicious" messages on Facebook by British men. Critics say the UK settlement scheme is like "Tinder for sex traffickers."
Facial recognition goes to war
The New York Times
Services that put a name to a face, including Clearview AI, are being used to identify Russian soldiers, living or dead, and to verify that travelers in Ukraine are who they claim.
Artificial intelligence and policing in Australia
Digital technologies, devices and the internet are producing huge amounts of data and greater capacity to store it, and those developments are likely to accelerate. For law enforcement, a critical capability lagging behind the pace of innovation is the ability and capacity to screen, analyse and render insights from the ever-increasing volume of data—and to do so in accordance with the constraints on access to and use of personal information within a democratic system.
China used TV, TikTok stars in discreet Olympics campaign
Amanda Seitz, Mike Catalini and Eric Tucker
A “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” TV star, a Paralympic swimmer and a self-described “brand king” were among the Instagram and TikTok influencers who were paid by Chinese officials for a discreet campaign that promoted the Beijing Winter Olympics, new Justice Department documents reveal.
BeiDou is ready to take on GPS
Barry van Wyk
Today, Qianxun announced that as of March 22, it had provided 2 trillion services to 1.1 billion people in 230 countries and regions, making it the world’s largest spatiotemporal intelligence service provider.
U.S. FBI says it disrupted Russian hackers
Sarah N. Lynch
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has wrested control of thousands of routers and firewall appliances away from Russian military hackers by hijacking the same infrastructure Moscow’s spies were using to communicate with the devices, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
U.S. government and energy firms close ranks, fearing Russian cyberattacks
The Washington Post
In February, as Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s border, executives with a major energy firm here worked with U.S. energy and homeland security officials to draw up a playbook and help prepare the electricity sector to deal with potential cyberattacks by Russia.
DOJ charges Russian national with operating world’s ‘largest darknet market’
The Record by Recorded Future
The US Justice Department on Tuesday filed charges against Dmitry Olegovich Pavlov, a 30-year-old Russian national accused of a range of crimes connected to “his operation and administration of the servers used to run” Russian dark web marketplace Hydra.
White House warns of 'escalating vulnerabilities' to U.S. from semiconductor shortage
The White House held a classified briefing on Wednesday with some U.S. lawmakers on the dire risks to the American economy from semiconductor supply chain issues as it pushes Congress for $52 billion in funding to subsidize production.
Meta removes Facebook accounts to tackle misinformation ahead of Philippines polls
Meta on Wednesday suspended a network of over 400 accounts, pages and groups ahead of general elections in the Philippines as the Facebook parent moves to crack down hate speech and misinformation.
Hackers use malicious apps to target customers of 8 Malaysian banks, researchers say
The Record by Recorded Future
Researchers at Slovak security firm ESET said they have found that three malicious Android apps are still targeting the customers of eight different Malaysian banks in a campaign that began late last year.
Suspected Chinese hackers are targeting India's power grid
Hackers likely affiliated with the Chinese government have been going after North India’s power supply, according to a report by Recorded Future.
Continued targeting of Indian power grid assets by Chinese state-sponsored activity group
This report details a campaign conducted by a likely Chinese state-sponsored threat activity group targeting the Indian power sector.
Spanish scale-ups club together to shift the tech policy agenda
In the latest spark from its fast evolving tech ecosystem, Spain’s scale-ups are banding together to lobby lawmakers and press the economic case for their high-tech, high-growth business model more broadly.
Facebook takes down Brazil environmental disinformation network with ties to military
Facebook owner Meta Platforms said on Thursday it had removed a network of social media accounts with ties to the Brazilian military that posed as fake nonprofits to play down the dangers of deforestation.
Rwanda becomes first African country to launch centre dedicated to artificial intelligence
"With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the rapid innovations witnessed during the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an increased urgency to develop digital and technological capacities to build more resilient systems for a healthier society and more sustainable economy," said Rwandan Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation Paula Ingabire.
Facebook owner Meta targets finance with ‘Zuck Bucks’ and creator coins
Meta has drawn up plans to introduce virtual coins, tokens and lending services to its apps, as Facebook’s parent company pursues its finance ambitions despite the collapse of a project to launch a cryptocurrency.
Elon Musk's arrival stirs fears among some Twitter employees
News of Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk taking a board seat at Twitter has some Twitter employees panicking over the future of the social media firm's ability to moderate content, company insiders told Reuters.
The Original APT: Advanced Persistent Teenagers
Krebs on Security
Many organizations are already struggling to combat cybersecurity threats from ransomware purveyors and state-sponsored hacking groups, both of which tend to take days or weeks to pivot from an opportunistic malware infection to a full blown data breach. But few organizations have a playbook for responding to the kinds of virtual “smash and grab” attacks we’ve seen recently from LAPSUS$, a juvenile data extortion group whose short-lived, low-tech and remarkably effective tactics have put some of the world’s biggest corporations on edge.
360/Open Summit: Contested Realities | Connected Futures
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) invites you to join the fifth annual 360/Open Summit on June 6 and 7 in person in Brussels and online around the world!
The Sydney Dialogue - Senior Events Coordinator
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