More signal, less noise—we distill the day’s critical cyber security news into a concise daily briefing.


Title Date published
Cyberattacks with kinetic consequences. Thunderspy and evil maids. Developing background to the US bulk power security executive order. Conspiracy theories and the culture of social media. 2020-05-11
Cybersecurity First Principles 2020-05-11
The U.S. campaign trail is actually quite secure. 2020-05-09
PLA cyber espionage, and training WeChat censorship algorithms against the Chinese diaspora. Snake is back, and so is Charming Kitten. Election security. Recruiting money mules. 2020-05-08
Mining Monero. A RAT in a 2FA app. The decline of the Cereal botnet. Markets during the pandemic. Ransomware in Taiwan. Twitter appeals to reason. 2020-05-07
Taking down coordinated inauthenticity. Contact tracing and other COVID-19 notes. BlackInfinity taken down. 2020-05-06
Bear hunt in the Bundestag. Kaiji botnet described. Cryptojacking. Joint US-UK warning against attacks on COVID-19 response. Contact tracing. Puppy scams. 2020-05-05
A state of emergency over bulk power in the States. Beijing’s disinformation about COVID-19, and its motivation for a coverup. Hacking biomedical research. Curious Xiaomi phones. 2020-05-04
Fingerprint authentication is not completely secure. 2020-05-02
China hacks at Vietnam over a territorial dispute. Kim’s still in charge, but could Hidden Cobra get loose if his grip slackens? COVID-19 and cybersecurity. 2020-05-01
The persistence of ransomware. Exposure notifications and contact tracing. Doxing and conspiracy theories. More notes on the underworld. 2020-04-30
Content farmers and disinformation tactics. PhantomLance: quiet, selective, and apparently effective. Lawful intercept and contact-tracing apps. A look at the black market. 2020-04-29
Shade shuts down. CLOP hits pharma. Medical research firm breached. The pain caused by disinformation. Mr. Kim goes downy ocean? 2020-04-28
Where’s Kim Jong-un? Disinformation campaigns against European targets. Cyberattack against wastewater treatment plants. Hupigon RAT is back. 2020-04-27
Contact tracing as COVID-19 aid. 2020-04-25
iOS zero-days, reconsidered. Hacking during a pandemic. An old campaign connected with the ShadowBrokers comes to light. Advice on web shells. Astroturfing and influence. 2020-04-24
APT32 activity reported. Florentine Banker’s patient BEC. iOS zero-days exploited in the wild. Sinkholing a cryptomining botnet. Intelligence services and gangs follow the news. 2020-04-23
COVID-19 relief. Data exposure at the SBA. Ransomware gangland. The CTL-League’s volunteer defenders. Active measures, disinformation, and cyber deterrence. 2020-04-22
DPRK leadership crisis? Probably not. Economic espionage in the oil patch. COVID-19 relief fraud. US Supreme Court will take up CFAA. Virtual proctoring. 2020-04-21
Update on threats to Czech infrastructure. Relief funds looted. PoetRAT vs. ICS. CISA updates essential workforce guidelines. Data breaches. Zoom-bombing. 2020-04-20

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