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Dutch Intelligence Expels Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage Accusations

The Netherlands’ on Thursday ordered the expulsion of two Russian intelligence officers accused of spying on the country’s high-tech sector and targeting research that could potentially be used in weapons systems, the country’s national intelligence agency said. The Netherlands’ General Intelligence and Security Service, known as AIVD, said that diplomats stationed at the Russian Embassy in The Hague were officers working for the SVR, the Russian civil intelligence agency that was recently reported to be implicated in a high-profile cyberattack against FireEye…

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Why Biden Might Follow Trump’s Lead on Cybersecurity Policy

On many issues—climate change, immigration, relations with Iran—the incoming Biden administration is expected to reverse President Trump’s policies. On cybersecurity, not so much. In interviews with The Record, and at a series of online events this week, commentators and potential Biden appointees said the new administration, in its efforts to protect U.S. computer networks, would seek to build on the progress made primarily by officials at the Department of Homeland Security, rather than attempt a clean policy break….

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CISA, FBI Warn of Foreign Cyberattacks Targeting U.S. Think Tanks

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Tuesday alerted U.S. think tanks of “persistent continued cyber intrusions” from advanced persistent threat groups. Several individuals who work at think tanks, including Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress who was recently announced to be Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, have already been tapped to join the new administration….

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A Government Insider on Navigating the New Guidance for Ransomware Payments

When attorney David Cohen was serving in the Treasury Department under the Obama administration—where he was known as the administration’s “financial Batman”—ransomware payments were hardly on the government’s radar, he said. In recent years, however, the ransomware threat has rapidly expanded, crippling countless schools, hospitals, municipalities, and businesses on a daily basis….

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Cyber-Espionage Attacks Disproportionately Target These Industries

Industries frequently targeted by financially-motivated cybercriminals, such as banks and healthcare organizations, are a low priority for attackers engaged in espionage, a new report from Verizon suggests. These attackers, typically linked to nation states, instead focus their efforts on industries that hold data like trade secrets, blueprints and classified government documents…

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Ukraine’s Top Cyber Cop on Defending Against Disinformation and Russian Hackers

In recent years, Ukraine has become an involuntary testing ground for some of the most dangerous cyberweapons in the world. Serhii Demediuk has perhaps played the most prominent role in defending Ukraine against digital intrusions, investigating cyberattacks and the groups behind them, and strengthening the country’s capabilities in cyberspace….

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Researchers Identify New Malware Campaigns Linked to Vietnamese Hacking Group

When it comes to state-sponsored hacking groups, big players such as China and Russia tend to get the most attention. But smaller nations are also continuously expanding their capabilities in cyberspace, often with regional goals in mind. Two studies published in recent days have shown that one of these groups—the Vietnamese state-sponsored threat group APT32, also known as OceanLotus—has expanded its efforts by targeting the country’s Southeast Asian neighbors with malware campaigns….

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How An Anti-China Website Became a Megaphone for Election Misinformation

Last October, visitors to the recently-launched GNews website would have seen headlines about China-related issues including Uyghur detention facilities, Hong Kong protests, and the destruction of Tibetan Buddhist sites. Visitors to the website today, however, are met with a stream of conspiracy theories involving presidential candidate Joe Biden and his family, lobbing far-flung allegations of incest, child trafficking, and rape…

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Why Email Is Still an Election Day Disinformation Risk

As Election Day looms, federal officials, private companies, and information security experts are urging voters to be on guard for misleading information, especially from sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, where viral information can whipsaw across the country in the blink of an eye. But one disinformation vector may be hiding in plain sight: email….

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A Ransomware Attack on a Georgia County Has Affected Voting Systems

Ransomware and election security have been the two great themes of the 2020 cybersecurity landscape. So it may not come as a surprise that those topics have finally intersected. With the U.S. presidential election less than two weeks away, a county in northern Georgia that has been hit by ransomware might become a litmus test for how prepared local governments are when it comes to defending voting systems….