As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, Western governments and certain hacktivists remain steadfast in opposition. On social media, international hacktivist collective Anonymous says it has successfully hacked websites of the Russian government, media and banks.
Days ago, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense issued a call for Ukrainian hackers to safeguard its networks and tap into Russian infrastructure. Now, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's vice prime minister and minister of digital transformation, says he is creating an IT army and calling for digital talents.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine warns of a spear-phishing campaign by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus targeting private accounts of Ukrainian military personnel and related individuals. Meanwhile, Anonymous says it breached Belarusian weapons manufacturer Tetraedr.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine escalates, organizations in the U.S. and Western Europe wonder: What is the potential blowback if the U.S. strikes back at Russia? Sam Curry, veteran CSO of Cybereason, reviews the possibilities and advises about how best to approach risk and preparedness.
On day two of war in Ukraine, Russians have nearly encircled the former Soviet state. Some military and foreign policy experts say Kyiv may fall by the weekend. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has reportedly asked for Ukrainian hackers to safeguard its networks and tap into Russian infrastructure.
A hacktivist group named Belarusian Cyber-Partisans says it has successfully attacked the country's railroad systems and encrypted some servers, databases and workstations to disrupt its operations. The group says its aim is "preventing the presence of Russian troops on the territory of Belarus."
Bandai Namco Entertainment, which develops the video game series Dark Souls, says it has deactivated multiple servers to investigate "an issue with online services." Chatter on Reddit suggests a vulnerability in the games could be exploited to remotely execute code and take control of a player's system.
Twitter has said it is firing Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, the network security expert it hired in November 2020 as head of security. The security team changes - the CISO is also set to depart - follow "an assessment of how the organization was being led," according to a corporate memo shared with The New York Times.
The Cyberspace Administration of China's new regulation for companies that offer algorithm-based recommendation services has been met with caution. Some statements in the regulation, which is to go into effect on March 1, are vague enough to be abused, and confidentiality is also a concern.
French data protection agency CNIL has imposed fines of $170 million on Google and $66 million on Facebook for not complying with cookie regulations. The watchdog has ruled that the firms should make opting out of cookies as simple as opting in, or pay a $113,000 fine for each day of delay.
Chinese government agencies are reportedly using "sophisticated" software - including the acquisition of surveillance tools - to monitor popular social media sites and collect information on Western officials and journalists, according to a recent investigation by The Washington Post.
As Russia masses troops on its border with Ukraine, the White House says Russian disinformation campaigns have been aimed at destabilizing Ukraine's government, while experts have seen a surge in "cyber intrusions" against infrastructure, banking and government targets in advance of a potential invasion.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how cybercriminals are turning to cryptomixing services to conceal the proceeds of ransomware activities from law enforcement officials. Also featured: Criminals exploit a misconfigured FBI server and the future of zero trust.
Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition system, saying the regulatory landscape is unclear and citing ongoing concerns about the effects on society of using such systems. The company plans to delete more than 1 billion facial profiles.
CISA announced that Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be the agency's senior election security lead. She will become a top security official within the Biden administration, inheriting a role that has garnered public attention following interference in 2016 and fraud claims in 2020.