US intel officials warned lawmakers of Russian meddling, angering Trump / US & allies blame Russia for cyberattack on Georgia / US defense agency personal data may have been 'compromised'
Russia is aiding President Trump in the 2020 election, intelligence officials told lawmakers. Trump complained Democrats might exploit the news. The New York Times
The United States and its key allies on Thursday accused Russia’s main military intelligence agency of a broad cyberattack against the republic of Georgia in October that took out websites and interrupted television broadcasts, in a coordinated effort to deter Moscow from intervening in the 2020 presidential election in the United States. The New York Times
The U.S. defense agency responsible for secure communications for the U.S. president and other high-level officials said social security numbers and other personal data in its network may have been “compromised”, in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent to potential victims. Reuters
ICT for development in the Pacific islands
This report finds that the potential of ICTs to enable stronger governance, effective public service delivery and better government services is there. In all countries that are part of this study, critical foundational infrastructure is in place. But there’s still a lot to be unlocked.
Huawei is a key player in Beijing’s anti-Muslim, Big Brother horrors
New York Post
As a recent report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute put it: “Huawei works directly with the Chinese Government’s Public Security Bureau in Xinjiang on a range of projects.”
U.S. and Allies Blame Russia for Cyberattack on Republic of Georgia
The New York Times
The United States and its key allies on Thursday accused Russia’s main military intelligence agency of a broad cyberattack against the republic of Georgia in October that took out websites and interrupted television broadcasts, in a coordinated effort to deter Moscow from intervening in the 2020 presidential election in the United States.
Stef Blok @ministerBlokMet internationale partners veroordelen wij de cyberaanvallen van 28 oktober 2019 tegen Georgië. Ook Nederland acht Rusland hiervoor verantwoordelijk. Verklaring: https://t.co/hHI1wEyE0Y
Czech MFA @CzechMFA2/2 Attacks like the one on #Georgia are a clear violation of state sovereignty, undermine trust, and threaten the rules-based multilateral order. We stand ready to help our Georgian partners to build cyber-resilience to defend effectively from any future attacks.
The Australian behind technology that could 'end privacy as we know it' says it is being used here
The technology, developed by Australian Hoan Ton-That, uses a database of 3 billion pictures of people that have been harvested from websites across the internet.
Australia Has 17 Million Facebook Users And Seven Facebook Fact Checkers
"It's incredible the sheer speed at which lies travel, particularly when they’re targeted at groups," one fact checker said.
Vodafone and Optus complain of 5G equipment 'duopoly'
Vodafone and Optus executives say they want more viable 5G network equipment suppliers beyond Sweden's Ericcson and Finland's Nokia now that Huawei has been knocked out of the Australian mix.
Encrypted messages favour the worst of the worst
Imagine arriving in a new city to discover the police no longer patrol its streets. They don’t walk the beat or watch neighbourhoods from the safety of their cars. This city is home to the worst of the worst: child traffickers, child pornographers who groom children and share images, and terrorists who plot to kill and maim large numbers of Australians.
China finds a use abroad for Twitter, a medium it fears at home
As the crisis deepened over the outbreak of covid-19, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, convened a meeting of the country’s most powerful body, the Politburo Standing Committee. One topic the seven men discussed on February 3rd was how to manage publicity. Officials, they agreed, must “tell the story of China’s fight against the epidemic, and show the Chinese people’s spirit of unity and togetherness”. In response, Chinese diplomats have been turning to a medium that most of them eschewed until just a year ago: Twitter. Blocked in China, it is fast becoming a favoured tool for the Communist Party as it tries to amplify its voice globally.
Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support
The New York Times
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A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure.
U.S. defense agency personal data may have been 'compromised': letter
The U.S. defense agency responsible for secure communications for the U.S. president and other high-level officials said social security numbers and other personal data in its network may have been “compromised”, in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent to potential victims.
Attorney General Barr blasts Big Tech, raising prospect that firms could be held liable for dangerous, viral content online
The Washington Post
U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Silicon Valley companies for too long have dodged accountability for dangerous, harmful content posted on their sites and services
Details of 10.6 million MGM hotel guests posted on a hacking forum | ZDNet
MGM Resorts said security incident took place last summer and notified impacted guests last year.
Navy, Beset by Aging Tech, Pushes for Rapid Modernization
The Wall Street Journal
Aging and fragmented technology has left the U.S. Navy unable to fully defend itself from persistent cyberattacks from China and elsewhere, defense officials said, prompting an effort across the service to upgrade and secure computer networks.
Sanders implies Russia, not his supporters, may be to blame for online vitriol. Experts aren’t so sure.
Sanders' language was indirect, offered on the debate stage here as his opponents faulted him for the behavior of his most strident fans. It quickly drew criticism from experts in disinformation, who said they had no evidence that the Kremlin had masqueraded as Sanders voters.
Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation — including a community-based points system
Twitter is experimenting with adding brightly colored labels directly beneath lies and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures, according to a leaked demo of new features sent to NBC News.
Fleet Cyber Command @USFLEETCYBERCOMNCWDG Celebrates Opening of Cyber Foundry https://t.co/qkz3grIR8R
India Is In The Middle Of A Coronavirus YouTube Frenzy, And It’s Going To Get People Killed
The most popular YouTube video in the world about the coronavirus was created by a channel called Wonderful Secrets of the World, which typically publishes Hindi-language videos about sports and cars, as well as roundups like “Top 5 Secret Places Hidden in Famous Locations" or “30 Amazing Facts About Human Body." The channel, the logo of which looks uncannily like that of Volkswagen, hides its subscriber count, but 16 of its videos have been viewed over a million times — the most popular being the coronavirus explainer, which has been seen 13.6 million times as of Wednesday.
Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources
Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.
EU Proposes Rules for Artificial Intelligence to Limit Risks
The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.
EU Commission to staff: Switch to Signal messaging app
The move is part of EU’s efforts to beef up cybersecurity, after several high-profile incidents shocked diplomats and officials.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton has injected $50 million into Signal & joined the newly founded Signal Foundation as executive chairman. WIRED
How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter
From May 2015 until he was exposed that December, Alzabarah spied for the Saudi Arabian government inside Twitter, a criminal complaint from the FBI alleges. (Unless explicitly attributed to other sources, the details and allegations that follow are taken from the FBI’s criminal complaint.) Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo, a colleague on Twitter’s global media team, regularly accessed and delivered information that could’ve led Saudi intelligence to identify anonymous dissidents.
Larry Tesler: Computer scientist behind cut, copy and paste dies aged 74
Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74. Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations - which included the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands - that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.