Russia cyberattacks more nuanced than expected | ALP pledges new defence research agency | Musk's China investments poses risk to Twitter
This week’s Microsoft report on the operations reveals that Moscow-backed hackers have launched more than 200 cyberattacks against Ukraine, including nearly 40 destructive ones that targeted the country’s government organizations and critical sectors. Cyber experts say the analysis suggests hidden depths to Russia’s cyber operations in Ukraine because although it has the capability to launch more damaging cyberattacks, it has chosen to inflict less harmful ones for the moment. The Hill
A new defence research agency to back cutting-edge projects and technologies such as next-generation jet fighters and robots would be created if Labor wins the federal election as national security continues to dominate the campaign. The Sydney Morning Herald
Mr. Musk’s extensive investments in China could be at risk if Twitter upsets the Communist Party state, which has banned the platform at home but used it extensively to push Beijing’s foreign policy around the globe — often with false or misleading information. The New York Times
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Russia’s cyber warfare against Ukraine more nuanced than expected
This week’s Microsoft report on the operations reveals that Moscow-backed hackers have launched more than 200 cyberattacks against Ukraine, including nearly 40 destructive ones that targeted the country’s government organizations and critical sectors. Cyber experts say the analysis suggests hidden depths to Russia’s cyber operations in Ukraine because although it has the capability to launch more damaging cyberattacks, it has chosen to inflict less harmful ones for the moment.
‘Troll factory’ spreading Russian pro-war lies online, says UK
Russian internet trolls based in an old arms factory in St Petersburg are targeting world leaders online and spreading support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the British government has said, citing research.
DJI insisted drone-tracking AeroScope signals were encrypted — now it admits they aren’t
Last month, Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov accused DJI of helping Russia to kill Ukrainian civilians in an unusual way — by allowing Russia to freely use a drone-tracking system called DJI AeroScope to target the exact location of Ukrainian drone pilots and, allegedly, kill them with mortar strikes and missiles.
Labor to establish Australian version of US agency that helped create the internet
The Sydney Morning Herald
A new defence research agency to back cutting-edge projects and technologies such as next-generation jet fighters and robots would be created if Labor wins the federal election as national security continues to dominate the campaign.
Social media giants pull One Nation satire video over voter fraud claims
The Sydney Morning Herald
An episode of the satirical One Nation cartoon series that aired unverified allegations of electoral fraud has been pulled down by TikTok, Facebook and Instagram at the urging of the electoral commission but it remains on YouTube. The Australian Electoral Commission raised concerns with all the major social media platforms that the animated video, part of One Nation’s highly successful Please Explain web show, aired incorrect claims about the upcoming federal election.
Australia has to end its long Pacific stupor before it’s too late
The Australian Financial Review
Australia’s neglect has allowed China to expand its grand strategy of global base-building into the Pacific. It is not too late for us to shore up our place in the region.
Biased against the left or right? The social media onslaught targeting the ABC
The Sydney Morning Herald
The criticism of ABC journalist Fauziah Ibrahim highlighted a new phenomenon the ABC is being forced to contend with: a growing tendency among self-identified Labor supporters to target certain ABC journalists who they perceive as biased. After her contentious interview with the ALP’s Clare, Ibrahim was subjected to hundreds of tweets accusing her of being anti-Labor, some posted from accounts with tens of thousands of followers.
China plans reprieve for tech giants, including delaying new rules, as economy slows
The Wall Street Journal
China is preparing to hit pause on its months-long campaign against technology companies, according to people familiar with the matter, as officials seek to arrest a rapid deterioration in the country’s economic outlook.
Microsoft, chipmakers’ bottom lines hit by Xi’s lockdowns
Debby Wu and Betty Hou
Companies from Microsoft to Texas Instruments that long benefited from supply chains that run through China are now paying a price for the country’s sweeping lockdowns that have confined millions to their homes.
Arm set to regain control of renegade China unit after near 2-year battle
The Financial Times
Ryan McMorrow and Anna Gross
Arm is on the cusp of regaining control of its renegade China joint venture, in a move that would remove a significant obstacle to SoftBank’s plan to take the UK chip designer public. Government business records on Thursday night in Beijing showed that Allen Wu, the head of Arm China, had been removed from all of his positions at the company, paving the way for a new company “chop” — through which official documents are authorised — to be made.
US to probe claims that top Chinese chipmaker violated ban on Huawei
The Financial Times
Demetri Sevastopulo and Kathrin Hille
The Biden administration is looking into claims that Yangtze Memory Technologies Co, a Chinese semiconductor maker, has supplied Huawei with chips, in a potential violation of US export controls.
Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan
The Taipei Times
What lessons can Taiwan learn from the disinformation campaigns that have surrounded the war in Ukraine? At an Amnesty International Taiwan event in Taipei on Wednesday night, four speakers offered compelling insights into this and related questions.
Musk’s ties to China could create headaches for Twitter
The New York Times
Steven Myers and Paul Mozur
Mr. Musk’s extensive investments in China could be at risk if Twitter upsets the Communist Party state, which has banned the platform at home but used it extensively to push Beijing’s foreign policy around the globe — often with false or misleading information.
We're back.' Far-right groups celebrate Elon Musk's Twitter takeover
It’s still unclear what major changes, if any, Musk will ultimately implement at Twitter. But that hasn’t stopped a wide range of far-right influencers, conspiracists, and popular purveyors of disinformation and extremist ideologies from celebrating the takeover by the self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” as a way to return to the platform.
Google fights doxxing with updated personal info removal policy
Google has expanded its policies to allow doxxing victims to remove more of their personally identifiable information (PII) from search engine results starting earlier this week.
Instagram is new frontier for central banks. Is TikTok next?
Samson Ellis and Enda Curran
While Facebook and Twitter remain monetary authorities’ social media of choice, they have markedly increased their use of Instagram over the past year. Seventy-one banks were on the platform as of December 2021.
Events and Podcasts
Machines behaving badly: The morality of AI book launch
Toby Walsh and Bonnie Shaw
Can we build moral machines? Toby Walsh in conversation with Bonnie Shaw examines the ethical issues we face in a future dominated by artificial intelligence.
Explainer: The anti-Ukraine "report" spreading on Telegram
Centre for Information Resilience
In the days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a document purporting to show "the whole truth about Ukraine's crimes in the Donbass" began steadily creeping across the internet. The unfounded claims made in the report present crude early versions of the disinformation and conspiracy narratives which have since between deployed by Russian state-linked actors seeking to justify the attack on Ukraine.
Building responsible artificial intelligence
Observer Research Foundation
As AI is rapidly developing, a robust government-led industry self-regulation regime should be put in place.
China's biomedical data hacking threat: Applying big data isn't as easy as it seems
Texas National Security Review
Kathleen Vogel and Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
This article provides new socio-technical frameworks that can be used to provide greater insights into Chinese threats involving biomedical big data.
The Sydney Dialogue - Senior Events Coordinator
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is currently recruiting for an experienced events professional to coordinate the planning and logistics of the second iteration of ASPI’s Sydney Dialogue - the world’s premier summit on emerging, critical and cyber technologies.
ICPC Senior Analyst or Analyst - China
ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has a unique opportunity for exceptional and experienced China-focused senior analysts or analysts to join its centre. This role will focus on original research and analysis centred around the (growing) range of topics which our ICPC China team work on. Our China team produces some of the most impactful and well-read policy-relevant research in the world, with our experts often being called upon by politicians, governments, corporates and civil society actors to provide briefings and advice.