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Extrema Ratio focuses on the topics we work on, including cybersecurity, critical technologies, foreign interference & disinformation. Have feedback? Latvia confirms phishing attack on Ministry of Defense | China’s top nuclear-weapons lab used American computer chips decades after ban | U.S. and EU to launch first-of-its-kind AI agreement The Russian cyber-espionage group known as Gamaredon may have been behind a phishing attack on Latvia’s Ministry of Defense last week, the ministry told The Record on Friday. Hackers sent malicious emails to several employees of the ministry, pretending to be Ukrainian government officials. The attempted cyberattack was unsuccessful, the ministry added. The Record by Recorded Future China’s top nuclear-weapons research institute has bought sophisticated U.S. computer chips at least a dozen times in the past two and half years, circumventing decades-old American export restrictions meant to curb such sales. The Wall Street Journal The United States and European Union on Friday announced an agreement to speed up and enhance the use of artificial intelligence to improve agriculture, healthcare, emergency response, climate forecasting and the electric grid. Reuters World U.S. and EU to launch first-of-its-kind AI agreement Reuters Suzanne Smalley The United States and European Union on Friday announced an agreement to speed up and enhance the use of artificial intelligence to improve agriculture, healthcare, emergency response, climate forecasting and the electric grid. Australia Schools crack down on AI as chatbot cheats test teachers The Australian Natasha Bita Students will be taught “ethical’’ ways to use artificial intelligence to write school assignments, despite three states cutting off classroom access to a chatbot widely used for cheating. China China’s top nuclear-weapons lab used American computer chips decades after ban The Wall Street Journal Liza Lin and Dan Strumpf China’s top nuclear-weapons research institute has bought sophisticated U.S. computer chips at least a dozen times in the past two and half years, circumventing decades-old American export restrictions meant to curb such sales. Apple brings mainland Chinese web censorship to Hong Kong The Intercept Sam Biddle When Safari users in Hong Kong recently tried to load the popular code-sharing website GitLab, they received a strange warning instead: Apple’s browser was blocking the site for their own safety. The access was temporarily cut off thanks to Apple’s use of a Chinese corporate website blacklist, which resulted in the innocuous site being flagged as a purveyor of misinformation. Neither Tencent, the massive Chinese firm behind the web filter, nor Apple will say how or why the site was censored. China mulls protecting solar tech dominance with export ban Bloomberg Dan Murtaugh China is considering an export ban that would help the nation maintain its substantial dominance in solar manufacturing just as other countries are trying to strengthen their industries. USA Biden mulling broad prohibitions on U.S. investments in Chinese tech POLITICO Gavin Bade The White House is considering new action to block U.S. business with entire swaths of the Chinese tech economy — an investment blockade stricter than previously reported — according to the new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and four other congressional and former national security officials. DoD to assess department-wide guidance on ‘contested information environment’ training Breaking Defense Jaspreet Gill The Pentagon plans to develop department-wide guidance on what content it should include in its training and education efforts for decision-making in a “contested information environment,” following recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office. Chinese engineer sentenced to 8 years in U.S. prison for spying NBC News Chantal Da Silva A former Chicago graduate student in electrical engineering was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for spying for the Chinese government. "This tasking was part of an effort by the Jiangsu provincial department to obtain access to advanced aerospace and satellite technologies being developed by companies within the U.S.," the Justice Department said. On Trump’s social network: Ads for miracle cures, scams and fake merchandise The New York Times Stuart A. Thompson Ads from major brands are nonexistent on the site. Instead, the ads on Truth Social are for alternative medicine, diet pills, gun accessories and Trump-themed trinkets, according to an analysis of hundreds of ads on the social network by The New York Times. TikTok general counsel no longer oversees US relations Bloomberg Law Jennifer Jacobs and Alex Barinka ByteDance Ltd.’s general counsel is no longer overseeing US government relations for TikTok, part of a shuffle to improve the company’s standing during intense national security scrutiny, according to people familiar with the matter. U.S. House panel to vote next month on possible TikTok ban Reuters David Shepardson The House Foreign Affairs Committee plans to hold a vote next month on a bill aimed at blocking the use of China's popular social media app TikTok in the United States, the committee confirmed on Friday. Biden nears win as Japan, Dutch back China chip controls Bloomberg Jenny Leonard and Cagan Koc Japan and the Netherlands are poised to join the US in limiting China’s access to advanced semiconductor machinery, forging a powerful alliance that will undercut Beijing’s ambitions to build its own domestic chip capabilities, according to people familiar with the negotiations. US targets Chinese company in broader Russia sanctions push Bloomberg Iain Marlow and Daniel Flatley The US unveiled new sanctions Thursday aimed at blunting Russia’s ability to wage war in Ukraine, including by targeting a Chinese company that allegedly provided satellite imagery to Wagner Group mercenaries. How US police use digital data to prosecute abortions TechCrunch Runa Sandvik In late April, police in Nebraska received a tip saying 17-year-old Celeste Burgess had given birth to a stillborn baby and buried the body. Officers soon learned that her mother, Jessica Burgess, and a friend had helped her with transportation and burial. The police issued citations for concealing the death of another person and false reporting. But in June, they also charged Jessica with providing an abortion for her teenage daughter. Police had made the discovery after obtaining a warrant that required Meta to hand over their conversations on Facebook Messenger. The messages, which were not encrypted, showed the two had discussed obtaining and using abortion pills. North Asia Cyberattacks on Japan soar as hackers target vulnerabilities Nikkei Asia Akinobu Iwasawa The number of cyberattacks in Japan is surging as hackers try to exploit the country's weak defenses. Japan has lagged other advanced nations in updating systems to detect attacks and protect data, according to cybersecurity experts. Japanese firms step up intelligence gathering as US-China tensions mount Financial Times Eri Sugiura and Kana Inagaki A growing number of Japanese businesses are strengthening their intelligence gathering as the country finds itself increasingly exposed to the mounting tensions between the US and China. Companies in sectors that have historically been less exposed to geopolitical disruptions — including Suntory and Mitsubishi Chemical — have hired risk executives and created new job roles and dedicated teams in recent months, as they catch up with their counterparts in more politically sensitive sectors. South & Central Asia India just took a dangerous step on disinformation The Washington Post Rana Ayyub India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology filed a draft amendment last week to a recent media law that could have sweeping consequences for free expression in the world’s largest democracy. According to the proposed language, any information marked as “fake” by the fact-checking division of India’s Press Information Bureau will need to be taken down by “online intermediaries,” a category that would include social media companies. Ukraine - Russia Russia’s Sandworm hackers blamed in fresh Ukraine malware attack CyberScoop AJ Vicens One of the Russian military’s most prolific hacking units deployed yet another destructive malware attack against Ukrainian targets this week, researchers with cybersecurity firm ESET said Friday. The researchers attributed the attack to the hacking unit known widely as “Sandworm,” a group in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, behind a series of destructive malware attacks and hack-and-leak campaigns over the years, according to the U.S. government and private researchers. Racial slurs discovered in leaked Yandex source code CyberScoop AJ Vicens Russian tech giant Yandex apologized on Friday for racial slurs uncovered in the company’s source code. The apology came in response to the discovery of multiple references to the N-word in the company’s code base after it leaked online. “We deeply regret that this word ever appeared in our internal codes,” the Yandex press office told CyberScoop in an email Friday. Europe Latvia confirms phishing attack on Ministry of Defense, linking it to Russian hacking group The Record by Recorded Future Daryna Antoniuk The Russian cyber-espionage group known as Gamaredon may have been behind a phishing attack on Latvia’s Ministry of Defense last week, the ministry told The Record on Friday. Hackers sent malicious emails to several employees of the ministry, pretending to be Ukrainian government officials. The attempted cyberattack was unsuccessful, the ministry added. Greece's spy scandal must shake us out of complacency EU Observer Glykeria Arapi A surveillance scandal that has smouldered for almost a year erupted this week after the leader of Greece's main opposition party filed a no-confidence motion against the government after a string of exposés that journalists and politicians were targeted with spyware and/or were under state surveillance. The controversy began in March last year when digital rights group Citizen Lab told journalist Thanasis Koukakis that his phone had been under surveillance for ten weeks by powerful spyware called Predator. Africa Govt internet shutdowns cripple civil society, dissent in Africa All Africa According to Bibbi Abruzzini of IPS, Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition have documented that during 2021 at least 182 internet shutdowns in 34 countries were used as a tactic to suppress dissent and quell unrest. This tactic has been used by multiple African governments, particularly during election periods. "African countries that went to the polls in recent years have developed an affinity to restrict internet access before, during and after elections especially in countries where there are disputes," said Leah Mitaba of the Zambia Council for Social Development. Gender & Women in Tech After layoffs, Meta, tech companies face uphill battle to boost diversity The Washington Post Naomi Nix The technology industry has long struggled to recruit a diverse workforce, but the recent spate of cuts by Silicon Valley companies has hit women particularly hard, according to recently published analyses of demographic data from the layoffs. Women and some minorities were particularly vulnerable to layoffs because they were newer to their jobs and occupied roles that companies were less interested in retaining, experts said. Big Tech Tears, blunders and chaos: inside Elon Musk’s Twitter The Guardian Zoë Schiffer, Casey Newton and Alex Heath In the three months since Musk bought Twitter for £44bn, thousands have been sacked and the company has nosedived. Here, staff tell of a firm in disarray and an owner whose reputation is also plummeting. A leaked internal message appears to show Elon Musk ordered Twitter staff to suspend a left-wing activist's account Business Insider Pete Syme A leaked internal Twitter message appears to show that Elon Musk directly ordered staff to suspend a left-wing activist's account on the social-media platform. Bloomberg said it viewed a screenshot of the message in question, involving the account of Chad Loder, which read: "Suspension: direct request from Elon Musk." Loder told Insider's Sawdah Bhaimiya they suspected the suspension resulted from an "organized mass-reporting campaign," whereby a right-wing group published a Substack blog with instructions on how to falsely report breaches of Twitter's rules by particular accounts — with Loder's profile listed near the top. Twitter says users will be able to appeal account suspension Reuters Juby Babu Twitter users will be able to appeal account suspensions and be evaluated under the social media platform's new criteria for reinstatement, starting Feb. 1, the company said on Friday. Twitter research group stall complicates compliance with new EU law Reuters Sheila Dang The stalling of a Twitter program that was critical for outside researchers studying disinformation campaigns throws into question the company's strategy to comply with upcoming regulation in Europe, former employees and experts told Reuters. With Trump reinstatement, Meta finds new ways to punish world leaders The Washington Post Naomi Nix With its announcement that it would be reinstating former president Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, Meta warned that it could take a stronger stance against world leaders who post content that exacerbates civil unrest or breaks its rules. Artificial Intelligence What does GPT-3 “know” about me? MIT Technology Review Melissa Heikkilä Large language models (LLMs), such as OpenAI’s GPT-3, Google’s LaMDA, and Meta’s OPT-175B, are red hot in AI research, and they are becoming an increasingly integral part of the internet’s plumbing. LLMs are being used to power chatbots that help with customer service, to create more powerful online search, and to help software developers write code. If you’ve posted anything even remotely personal in English on the internet, chances are your data might be part of some of the world’s most popular LLMs. Misc Your therapist shouldn’t be on TikTok The New Statesman Sarah Manavis When therapy is going well it is a judgement-free space where you can be truly honest about your feelings and flaws. Your therapist creates a safe environment where you can explore the hardest parts of yourself without fear. The thoughts flow. Walking out of a session you feel lighter, safe in the knowledge that whatever came up in that last hour will remain between you and this trusted person. Which is why I can’t then imagine how it must feel to open up social media later that same day to find your wise, trusted therapist sharing information about your session through the medium of a sassy dance routine, performed while lip syncing along to a Jack Harlow song. SBF, Bored Ape Yacht Club, and the spectacular hangover after the art world’s NFT gold rush Vanity Fair Nate Freeman Auction houses and talent agencies thought the Web3 works were a fast track to billions. If it weren’t for a global crypto meltdown, they might have pulled it off.
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Extrema Ratio focuses on the topics we work on, including cybersecurity, critical technologies, foreign interference & disinformation. Have feedback? The FBI and law enforcement in Europe have shut down a major ransomware operation accused of extorting more than $100 million from organizations across the world by encrypting victims’ computer systems and demanding payments to provide a key to unlock them, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Washington Post BuzzFeed said it would rely on ChatGPT creator OpenAI to enhance its quizzes and personalize some content for its audiences, becoming the latest digital publisher to embrace artificial intelligence. The Wall Street Journal The FBI accused the notorious North Korean hacker group Lazarus of stealing $100 million from a United States-based cryptocurrency firm last year. During a crypto heist at the end of June, Lazarus allegedly hacked Horizon Bridge, a service that allows people to move virtual assets between different blockchain networks and is owned by the blockchain company Harmony. The Record by Recorded Future World FBI shuts down ransomware gang that targeted schools and hospitals The Washington Post Joseph Menn, Perry Stein and Aaron Schaffer The FBI and law enforcement in Europe have shut down a major ransomware operation accused of extorting more than $100 million from organizations across the world by encrypting victims’ computer systems and demanding payments to provide a key to unlock them, U.S. officials said Thursday. Australia Online dating platforms warned they will be hit with mandatory codes if they don't clean up their apps ABC News Chantelle Al-Khouri and Jake Evans Online dating platforms have been warned to do more to make dating apps safer or else they may be forced to do so, after a national roundtable meeting on the issue. The federal communications and social services ministers hosted the roundtable as part of a broader push to eliminate violence against women and children within a "generation". China Google shut down thousands of pro-Beijing disinformation channels on Taiwan, COVID-19 The Record by Recorded Future Jonathan Greig Google says it shut down more than 50,000 accounts promoting pro-People’s Republic of China (PRC) disinformation in 2022 that focused on Taiwan, COVID-19 and U.S. politics. The takedowns are the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between Google and a campaign it has named “Dragonbridge.” Chinese influence operations may lack critical element: influence CyberScoop Christian Vasquez One of China’s most prolific influence operations has turned out to be spammy, low-quality, and generally results in low engagement, Google’s Threat Analysis Group said after it disrupted more than 50,000 instances of activity from the so-called Dragonbridge network in 2020, according to a report released Thursday. Politics aside, China's CATL ramps up cell production in Germany Reuters Victoria Waldersee Chinese battery giant CATL is putting down roots near the small central German town of Arnstadt, ploughing ahead with the ramp-up of battery cell production despite uncertainty over Germany's future relations with China. USA US federal agencies hacked using legitimate remote desktop tools TechCrunch Carly Page The U.S. government’s cybersecurity agency has warned that criminal financially motivated hackers compromised federal agencies using legitimate remote desktop software. CISA said in a joint advisory with the National Security Agency on Wednesday that it had identified a “widespread cyber campaign involving the malicious use of legitimate remote monitoring and management (RMM) software” that had targeted multiple federal civilian executive branch agencies — known as FCEBs — a list that includes Homeland Security, the Treasury and the Justice Department. Madison Square Garden owner faces probe over facial recognition blacklisting Financial Times Joe Miller The New York attorney-general is probing allegations that the owners of Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden arena used facial recognition technology to bar lawyers involved in litigation against the entertainment company from attending events. U.S. lawsuit against Google could benefit Apple and others Reuters Sheila Dang and Diane Bartz A landmark lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department against Alphabet's Google over its dominance of advertising technology could help rivals and websites that sell ad space, but leaves an uncertain future for the advertisers themselves, experts told Reuters. Meta to reinstate Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts The New York Times Sheera Frenkel and Mike Isaac Just over two years after Donald J. Trump’s accounts were suspended from Facebook and Instagram, Meta, the owner of the platforms, said on Wednesday that it would reinstate the former president’s access to the social media services. TikTok’s new defense in Washington: Going on the offense The New York Times Cecilia Kang, Sapna Maheshwari and David McCabe TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app, has been in the cross-hairs of American regulators for years now, with both the Trump and Biden administrations weighing how to ensure that information about Americans who use the service doesn’t land in the hands of Beijing officials. North Asia FBI: North Korean hacking group Lazarus behind $100 million crypto heist The Record by Recorded Future Daryna Antoniuk The FBI accused the notorious North Korean hacker group Lazarus of stealing $100 million from a United States-based cryptocurrency firm last year. During a crypto heist at the end of June, Lazarus allegedly hacked Horizon Bridge, a service that allows people to move virtual assets between different blockchain networks and is owned by the blockchain company Harmony. Ukraine - Russia Russia bans largest independent news website Meduza Financial Times Max Seddon Meduza, the largest Russian independent news site, has been declared an “undesirable organisation” in one of the most stringent acts of censorship since President Vladimir Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February. Europe German cybersecurity officials looking into 'attacks' on websites Sky News Germany is looking into digital attacks by hackers targeting websites in the country. The attacks - known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) - work by directing high volumes of internet traffic towards targeted servers in a bid by so-called hacktivists to knock them offline. "The scope and source of these attacks are currently being clarified," the German interior ministry said. Elon Musk’s Twitter hit with holocaust denial hate speech lawsuit in Germany TechCrunch Natasha Lomas Twitter owner and self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist” Elon Musk is facing a legal challenge in Germany over how the platform handles antisemitic hate speech. The lawsuit, which was filed yesterday in the Berlin regional court by HateAid, a group that campaigns against hate speech, and the European Union of Jewish Students, argues that Musk-owned Twitter is failing to enforce its own rules against antisemitic content, including holocaust denial. Don’t use TikTok, Dutch officials are told POLITICO Pieter Haeck Public authorities in the Netherlands are being told to steer clear of TikTok amid growing concerns across the EU and U.S. that the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform poses privacy risks. Dutch officials headed to Washington to talk controls on chipmaking gear Reuters Michael Martina Dutch and U.S. officials will meet in Washington on Friday to discuss potential new controls on exporting semiconductor manufacturing gear to China, with a deal possible by the end of the month, according to two sources familiar with the matter. UK British cyber agency issues warning over Russian and Iranian espionage campaigns The Record by Recorded Future Alexander Martin Two separate but similar espionage campaigns from Russian and Iranian-linked groups have prompted a warning from Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre. In a document published on Thursday local time the NCSC warned how instead of sending surprise phishing emails, the hacking groups – identified as “Russia-based” SEABORGIUM and “Iran-based” APT42, or Charming Kitten – are contacting their targets in a benign fashion and attempting to build a rapport and a sense of trust. Africa Facebook offers African moderators a pitiful severance Mail & Guardian Lydia Namubiru About 200 African content moderators are being laid off by Sama, Meta’s Kenyan subcontractor. This comes after Facebook’s parent company Meta declined to renew Sama’s contract, which expires at the end of March. Nigeria launches domestic card scheme in cashless bid Reuters Camillus Eboh Nigeria's central bank on Thursday launched a domestic card scheme to rival foreign cards like Mastercard and Visa, hoping to enhance its drive to make Africa's biggest economy a cashless society and save the country foreign transaction fees. Middle East Pro-Iranian hacking group focused on Saudi Arabia, researchers say CyberScoop AJ Vicens In a report published Thursday, researchers with Secureworks Counter Threat Unit Research Team say they can find no evidence that ties Abraham’s Ax to Hezbollah. Rather, it’s more likely the group is operated by the same entity behind Moses Staff, a hacktivist group that went after Israeli targets with hack-and-leak operations that researchers have previously linked to the Iranian government and Secureworks calls Cobalt Sapling. Israel’s high-tech economic engine balks at govt policies Associated Press Tia Goldenberg Israel’s tech industry has long been the driving force behind the country’s economy. Now, as Israel’s new government pushes ahead with its far-right agenda, the industry is flexing its muscle and speaking out in unprecedented criticism against policies it fears will drive away investors and decimate the booming sector. NZ & Pacific Islands Tech companies fly to Fiji for ‘do good’ initiative: Australian Information Industry Association The Australian David Swan The AIIA’s Pacific Islands Digital Capability Uplift Program, which will take place next month, follows Telstra’s multibillion-dollar acquisition of Digicel Pacific last year, a buy partially funded by the federal government in what was viewed as a political move to counter the rising regional influence of China. The program would deliver on-the-ground training and capability uplift to Pacific countries with a focus on cloud, digital government, digital transformation and cybersecurity fundamentals, Australian Information Industry Association boss Simon Bush said in an interview. Big Tech BuzzFeed to use ChatGPT creator OpenAI to help create quizzes and other content The Wall Street Journal Alexandra Bruell BuzzFeed said it would rely on ChatGPT creator OpenAI to enhance its quizzes and personalize some content for its audiences, becoming the latest digital publisher to embrace artificial intelligence. In a memo to staff sent Thursday morning, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Jonah Peretti said he intends for AI to play a larger role in the company’s editorial and business operations this year. Research Europe’s strategic technology autonomy from China: Assessing foundational and emerging technologies German Council on Foreign Relations Dr. Tim Rühlig Open Strategic Autonomy in emerging and foundational technologies has rightly been identified as a crucial policy goal in order to preserve the European Union’s capability to act. China is at the centre of this discussion, not least because of increasing geopolitical tensions and China’s growing footprint in digital technologies. What sounds good in abstract terms, however, can be difficult to operationalize. We identify four dimensions of Open Strategic Autonomy: supply chain resilience, national security, values and sustainability, and technological competitiveness. All four dimensions are equally legitimate policy goals but require different policy tools that can at times be conflicting.
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U.S. accuses Google of abusing monopoly in ad technology - Pakistani authorities investigating if cyberattack caused nationwide blackout - China has the potential to spy on millions of people in UK The Justice Department and a group of eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing it of illegally abusing a monopoly over the technology that powers online advertising, in the agency’s first antitrust lawsuit against a tech giant under President Biden and an escalation in legal pressure on one of the world’s biggest internet companies. The New York Times Pakistani authorities are investigating whether a nationwide blackout which left millions of people without power on Monday was caused by a cyberattack. The Record by Recorded Future China has the potential to spy on millions of people in Britain via microchips in cars, household appliances and lightbulbs, according to a report sent to the government by a former diplomat. The report warns that small modules, known as cellular IoTs (Internet of Things), gather data and transmit it via the 5G network, which gives the Chinese authorities intelligence and the ability to track people and businesses. The Times World Assessing the likelihood of a ‘catastrophic’ cyberattack The Wall Street Journal David Breg A “catastrophic cyber event” is likely in the next two years, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2023, released last week at the annual WEF meeting in Davos. The survey found that 86% of business leaders expected such an event and 93% of cybersecurity leaders. Australia Scam posts target Australians with fake financial aid offer AFP Kate Tan Australian government officials have warned against scam Facebook posts impersonating "agents" from the national government services platform and tax office to offer financial aid to citizens. Representatives for myGov and the Australian Taxation Office said they do not perform financial transactions over social media. China China is the world’s biggest face recognition dealer WIRED Will Knight Early last year, the government of Bangladesh began weighing an offer from an unnamed Chinese company to build a smart city on the Bay of Bengal with infrastructure enhanced by artificial intelligence. Construction of the high-tech metropolis has yet to begin, but if it proceeds it may include face recognition software that can use public cameras to identify missing persons or track criminals in a crowd—capabilities already standard in many Chinese cities. China leads global patent race but needs ‘breakthrough’ to close gap with West in AI, chips South China Morning Post Salina Li China’s patent-intensive industry, a key engine of economic growth and technological advancement, produces more intellectual property than any country in the world, but its contribution to the economy still lags behind the US and Europe, according to official figures and analysts. China NFT platforms expand into Hong Kong in face of compliance risks on mainland South China Morning Post Non-fungible token platforms in China are expanding into Hong Kong to offset compliance risk for an industry that remains in a legal grey area on the mainland. It helps that the city has thrown out a welcome mat for digital asset industries. USA U.S. accuses Google of abusing monopoly in ad technology The New York Times David McCabe and Nico Grant The Justice Department and a group of eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing it of illegally abusing a monopoly over the technology that powers online advertising, in the agency’s first antitrust lawsuit against a tech giant under President Biden and an escalation in legal pressure on one of the world’s biggest internet companies. Google to stop exempting campaign email from automated spam detection The Washington Post Isaac Stanley-Becker Google plans to discontinue a pilot program that allows political campaigns to evade its email spam filters, the latest round in the technology giant’s tussle with the GOP over online fundraising. Ticketmaster says cyberattack disrupted Taylor Swift ticket sales POLITICO Josh Sisco and Maggie Miller Ticketmaster was hit by a cyberattack in November that led to the problems with ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming U.S. tour, the president of its parent company plans to tell a congressional committee Tuesday. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley wants to ban TikTok nationwide Reuters Diane Bartz U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican and China hawk, said on Tuesday that he would introduce a bill to ban the short video app TikTok in the United States. South & Central Asia Pakistani authorities investigating if cyberattack caused nationwide blackout The Record by Recorded Future Alexander Martin Pakistani authorities are investigating whether a nationwide blackout which left millions of people without power on Monday was caused by a cyberattack. Ukraine - Russia The unrelenting menace of the LockBit ransomware gang WIRED Matt Burgess and Lily Hay Newman High profile ransomware attacks have become a fact of life in recent years, and it’s not unusual to hear about major monthly attacks perpetrated by Russia-based gangs and their affiliates. The LockBit ransomware gang may not be the most wildly unhinged of these criminal groups, but its callous persistence, effectiveness, and professionalism make it sinister in its own way. The software giant warning Ukraine where Russia plans to strike The Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hartcher The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre monitors 24 trillion signals daily, received from devices and cloud services worldwide, according to the company. It decided to offer Ukraine the benefit of this trove. UK China ‘can spy on us via smart bulbs and fridges’ The Times Nadeem Badshah China has the potential to spy on millions of people in Britain via microchips in cars, household appliances and lightbulbs, according to a report sent to the government by a former diplomat. The report warns that small modules, known as cellular IoTs (Internet of Things), gather data and transmit it via the 5G network, which gives the Chinese authorities intelligence and the ability to track people and businesses. Big Tech Ex-Twitter engineer tells FTC security violations persist after Musk The Washington Post Joseph Menn A new Twitter whistleblower has emerged, supporting last year’s surprising testimony about the dismal state of the company’s privacy protections and saying the company continues to violate its legal obligations under new owner Elon Musk. The hidden trackers inside your Telegram, Signal, Whatsapp apps Australian Financial Review Max Mason Encrypted messaging app Telegram contains a Huawei tracker in its Android version, according to analysis by an Australian cybersecurity firm that has broken down the source code of popular mobile apps, with researchers questioning the safety of the program. Misc Learning to lie: AI tools adept at creating disinformation Associated Press David Klepper Artificial intelligence is writing fiction, making images inspired by Van Gogh and fighting wildfires. Now it’s competing in another endeavor once limited to humans — creating propaganda and disinformation. For tech companies, years of easy money yield to hard times The New York Times David Streitfeld Eighteen months ago, the online used car retailer Carvana had such great prospects that it was worth $80 billion. Now it is valued at less than $1.5 billion, a 98 percent plunge, and is struggling to survive. Many other tech companies are also seeing their fortunes reverse and their dreams dim. They are shedding employees, cutting back, watching their financial valuations shrivel — even as the larger economy chugs along with a low unemployment rate and a 3.2 percent annualized growth rate in the third quarter.
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In October, CyberCX discovered three distinct vulnerabilities in Symantec Identity Manager 14.3 during a routine penetration test. This blog outlines how we found them and the complexities of exploiting them in our customer’s environment, which involved a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that it was not possible to disable during the test. Zero days in common identity manager system (And the complexities of exploiting them via a WAF)
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The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland have signed a memorandum on digital transformation. During the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov and Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Timo Harakka discussed further exchange of experience and cooperation between the countries in rebuilding digital infrastructure and strengthening cyber defense. Ukraine and Finland to cooperate in digitalization and digital resilience
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The man who oversees cybersecurity for the federal government says Canadians should be wary of apps that could leave their data in the "wrong hands" — a warning that comes as the wildly popular Chinese-owned social media app TikTok faces claims that it has spied on its users. As TikTok faces data-harvesting claims, spy agency warns Canadians to protect themselves
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Did Eric Dai expose a Chinese scheme to steal critical military technology? Or did he steal millions of dollars from a Chinese business partner by exploiting geopolitical tensions? Patriot Games
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About 60 miles south of the center of Beijing, a new city is being built as a showcase of high-tech ecologically friendly development. Its massive high-speed rail station and “city brain” data center have been heralded by Chinese state media as evidence of the speed and superiority of China’s growth model—not least because the city is a “signature initiative” of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xiongan New Area is also a test for whether China can boost domestic innovation and climb into the ranks of advanced nations in the face of slowing economic growth and efforts by the United States and others to restrict its access to advanced technology. China’s futuristic city is a test of its planning power
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The Netherlands and Japan, home to key suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, are close to joining a Biden administration-led effort to restrict exports of the technology to China and hobble its push into the chips industry. US-China tech war: Japan, Netherlands poised to join Biden’s chip crackdown on Beijing
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When Cambridge University signed a “joint research initiative” with President Xi’s alma mater in 2019, it said it was “delighted”. Less than four years on, the deal looks less wise, with Tsinghua University linked to cyberattacks and high levels of defence research for Beijing. The partnership between one of Britain’s leading institutions and Tsinghua is the tip of the iceberg. A Times investigation has revealed the full extent of UK links with Chinese institutions deemed very high risk for their links to military and security research. In Britain, 42 have links with institutions considered a concern. In 22 cases British universities have agreements with Chinese institutions deemed “very high risk” by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think tank. Links to campuses at heart of China’s military ambitions
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The theft of trade secrets is attractive because it allows countries to "leapfrog up global value chains relatively quickly - and without the costs, both in terms of time and money, of relying completely on indigenous capabilities", Nick Marro of the Economist Intelligence Unit told the BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-64206950?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email
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18 gen 2023
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About 1,000 vessels have been affected by a ransomware attack against a major software supplier for ships. Oslo-based DNV – one of the world’s largest maritime organizations – said it was hit with ransomware on the evening of January 7 and was forced to shut down the IT servers connected to their ShipManager system. https://substack.com/redirect/fc0a447c-dd6a-4d73-a855-0698ab4c6fd3?j=eyJ1IjoiZjNwMWsifQ.1NQFfnZXYLptssJCjTlJcnWUw8jVgAz1TJizKHtvcQE
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25 ott 2022
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The United States on Monday unveiled charges accusing two Chinese intelligence officers of attempting to subvert a criminal investigation into a Chinese telecommunications giant, alleging that two men working on behalf of Beijing sought to obtain prosecution secrets by bribing a person they did not realize was a U.S. double agent. The Washington Post
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14 ott 2022
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13 ott 2022
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From riding high at the Beijing Olympics, China-Poland relations have faltered due to the nations’ opposing approaches to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. https://thediplomat.com/2022/10/china-poland-relations-amid-the-ukraine-war/
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13 ott 2022
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Technology is central to today’s geopolitical competition and to the future of our national security, economy and democracy. U.S. and allied leadership in technology and innovation has long underpinned our economic prosperity and military strength. In the next decade, critical and emerging technologies are poised to retool economies, transform militaries, and reshape the world. https://substack.com/redirect/f366aafb-ba8a-4c75-b6f2-5eb3790c7b0d?r=f3p1k
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13 ott 2022
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U.S. chip equipment suppliers are pulling out staff based at China’s leading memory chip maker and pausing business activities there, according to people familiar with the matter, as they rush to assess the impact of Commerce Department semiconductor export restrictions. https://substack.com/redirect/7e09760d-ba18-4121-9eb8-59718eef6a14?r=f3p1k
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13 ott 2022
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Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, American companies have been prohibited from dealing with MMZ Avangard, a state-owned firm that makes missiles for one of Russia's most sophisticated weapons, the S-400 air-defense system. But even as the United States was taking actions to blunt MMZ Avangard's business, a publicly traded American technology company, Extreme Networks, was providing MMZ Avangard with computer networking equipment for its office IT systems.  Reuters
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11 ott 2022
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The head of Germany’s national cybersecurity agency is under scrutiny over reports of ties to Russian intelligence, officials said Monday. Associated Press
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11 ott 2022
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China is using its financial and scientific muscle to manipulate technologies in a manner that risks global security, Britain's top cyber spy will say on Tuesday, warning that Beijing's actions could represent "a huge threat to us all." Reuters
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