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U.S. Indicts Six Russian Officers Tied to One of the World’s Most Destructive Hacking Groups

The U.S. unsealed charges today against six Russian intelligence officers who are allegedly members of the elite Russian hacking organization known as Sandworm—a group believed to be behind some of the most destructive cyberattacks in history. The charges come weeks after several indictments targeting Chinese and Iranian hackers and just 15 days before the U.S. presidential election…

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Businesses Plan to Spend More on Cybersecurity, Despite Shaky Economic Forecast

Record unemployment. A surge in bankruptcies. Warnings of an economic slowdown. And… an increase in cybersecurity spending?

More than half of the businesses surveyed in a new PwC study said they plan to increase their cybersecurity budget in 2021, highlighting the sector’s resilience amid economic uncertainty…

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Cybercrime

TrickBot Operators Show Signs of Pivoting After Takedown Attempt

U.S. Cyber Command and a team of companies and organizations led by Microsoft delivered a one-two punch in recent weeks against TrickBot, one of the world’s largest botnets. In the last couple days, however, TrickBot spamming campaigns have started up again…

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Bellingcat Founder Eliot Higgins on Finding Truth in a World of Disinformation

In 2013, Eliot Higgins was an unemployed finance and administration worker blogging about the Syrian civil war from his home in Leicester, about 100 miles north of London. Since then, Higgins has turned his hobby into a full-fledged investigative journalism operation, with an office in the Netherlands and 18 full-time employees…

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Is It OK to Pay a Ransomware Demand? Depends Who You Ask

The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a pair of advisories last week that could potentially shake up how organizations respond to ransomware attacks. But departments and agencies have issued a patchwork of guidelines in recent years on how to approach the issue, which might lead to some head-scratching…

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How Iran’s Election Interference Efforts Have Evolved

Prior to 2016, Iran’s cyberoperations were primarily focused on the Middle East and its regional rivals, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Islamic State. Tehran’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election were limited and largely unsuccessful, according to a new report. But since President Trump took office, Iranian cyberoperations have focused on targeting a U.S. audience, and those efforts have increased as the 2020 election draws closer…

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Russian Hacker Nikulin Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison for Tech Industry Breaches

A Russian national was sentenced Tuesday afternoon for breaching several technology firms, capping a drawn-out legal battle that has involved competing extradition attempts, luxury sports cars, and delays due to the coronavirus outbreak…

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Your Voting Data Is Being Sold Online. But Who’s Buying It?

State and local governments make voter databases readily available to give academics, pollsters, and pretty much anyone who asks a nationwide impression of voter registration and election turnout. But on occasion—and especially before elections—this publicly available information makes its way onto sites where users typically share and sell breached databases and hacking tools…

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Harvard Researchers Say These Countries Have the Greatest Cybersecurity Skills

When it comes to cybersecurity, countries like North Korea, Iran, and Israel garner plenty of headlines. But according to a study released this month from a Harvard University research center, the United States reigns supreme in terms of cyber capabilities, followed by China, the United Kingdom, and Russia…

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U.S. Ramps Up Pressure on Chinese Hackers With New Charges Against 5 Chinese Nationals

Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced that five alleged members of a Chinese hacking group known as APT41 had been charged for their role in “unprecedented” efforts to compromise and siphon sensitive data from more than 100 companies…