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Fancy Bear phishes in think tanks. Lazarus Group takes a swipe at Russian organizations. New decryptor for GandCrab. Citizen Lab and Novalpina discuss NSO Group. Ryuk’s lousy help desk. 2019-02-20
International cyber conflict: India and Pakistan; Australia and China. Rietspoof malware. Microsoft ejects cyptojackers from its store. NCSC may go easy on Huawei. Parliament criticizes Facebook. 2019-02-19
Seedworm digs Middle East intelligence — Research Saturday 2019-02-16
GandCrab notes. Make tests, not bans, says GSMA. Content moderation. Takedown of inauthentic accounts. Influence operations. Happy birthday, GCHQ. 2019-02-15
Former Air Force counterintelligence specialist indicted on charges of spying for Iran. Where’s the stolen Equifax data? Two alleged Apophis Squad clowns indicted. 2019-02-14
China says it had nothing to do with the Parliament hack in Australia. Notes on Patch Tuesday. Shlayer and GreyEnergy malware analyzed. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day—act accordingly. 2019-02-13
VFEmail attacked, infrastructure wiped. EU considers a response to APT10. US Executive Order on AI is out. GPS jamming threat. Stryker hack. Shadow IT in the Corps. 2019-02-12
Cryptojackers gone wild. Attempted hack of Australia’s Parliament investigated. Huawei security concerns continue. Russia tests Internet autarky. Prosecutors investigate alleged blackmail. 2019-02-11
Trends and tips for cloud security — Research Saturday 2019-02-09
Australia’s Federal Parliament has a cyber incident. DHS warns of third-party spying. Legit privacy app tampered with. Credit Union phishing. Bezos vs. Pecker. FaceTime bounty. Seal scat. 2019-02-08
Social engineering and the power of brands. Insecure check-ins? APT10 is quiet but not gone. MacOS Keychain bug. Assessment of Chinese device manufacturers continues. 2019-02-07
APT10 stays busy. More skepticism about Huawei (and ZTE, for that matter). No foreign “material effect” on US midterms. Reverse RDP risk. IIoT bug found. RSA Innovation Sandbox finalists. 2019-02-06
ExileRAT versus Tibet. SpeakUp backdoors Linux. Facebook bans Myanmar militias. Norway sees a threat in Huawei. Westminster gets hacked? Bangladesh Bank sues over SWIFT caper. 2019-02-05
Tracking the impresario behind Collection#1. OceanLotus and a new downloader. CookieMiner malware afflicts Macs. Huawei’ prospects. Influence ops. Extortion by bluff. 2019-02-04
Online underground markets in the Middle East — Research Saturday 2019-02-02
No more Apple time-out for Facebook and Google. Inauthentic sites taken down. Fancy Bear paws at Washington, again. Malware-serving ads. Amplification DDoS. Data exposures in India. 2019-02-01
Commodity credential stuffing gets four new collections. Google was also doing a pay-to-pwn, like Facebook. Russian trolling. FaceTime bug investigation. Joanap botnet. Other online scams. 2019-01-31
US IC on cyber threats. Iran goes after PII. UAE surveillance described. Scanning for unpatched routers. Huawei’s possible fates. Scam exploits child. FaceTime disclosure. Facebook Research. 2019-01-30
004 Case studies in risk and regulation — CyberWire-X 2019-01-30
FaceTime’s odd bug, and how to squash it. FormBook malware surges through a new hosting service. Some international law enforcement wins. International conflict in cyberspace. 2019-01-29
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