Cyber Espionage & Warfare

February 4, 2021 — The web is full of algorithmically created content, made to trick our eyes into believing it’s true. There are numerous fake face generators sometimes used to populate fake social media accounts. But now there is a way to accurately tell whether someone behind the black mirror is real.

Researchers at Sensity, an Amsterdam-based visual threat intelligence company, released an online tool designed to spot fake human faces in pictures and videos. With a high degree of confidence, the tool’s algorithms can spot whether the content was manipulated using general adversarial networks (GAN). These are often employed to craft various deepfakes that freely circulate the web. Source: cybernews

January 1, 2021 — Think before you link to unknown people or profiles, and pause before you post professional and personal information online. It may be used by foreign spies or others to identify and then target you.

If a stranger reaches out online, ask yourself if you really know who you are talking to. The friendly, generous young person claiming to be a global head-hunter or think tank researcher might be trying to win your trust and steal your secrets. Source: ESPC

December 20, 2020 — (Reuters) -Speaking at a private dinner for tech security executives at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco in late February, America’s cyber defense chief boasted how well his organizations protect the country from spies.

U.S. teams were “understanding the adversary better than the adversary understands themselves,” said General Paul Nakasone, boss of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command, according to a Reuters reporter present at the Feb. 26 dinner. His speech has not been previously reported. Source: Reuters

December 3, 2020 — There are 160 apps on my phone. What they’re actually doing, I don’t know. But I decided to find out.

This is an English translation, read the original here.

I have a feeling these apps are spying on me. Well, not listening in, but that they’re keeping track of where I am at all times. That my every move is shared on. When I am shopping for groceries, having a drink, or hanging out with friends.

I know there are those that buy and sell such information. How are they tracking us, and what do they want with our data? Source: NRKbeta

The National Cyber Force is part of the UK’s future defence plans. It’s been operational since April and is on the attack

November 20, 2020 — The highly secretive world of government-led hacking is slowly opening up. UK officials have revealed that an offensive hacking group has been working against criminals and hostile state activities since April this year and is working on new incidents every day. Source: WIRED 

November 9, 2020 — Suspected Vietnamese state-backed hackers are targeting dissidents from the South East Asian nation residing in Germany.

An investigation by German broadcaster BR and weekly newspaper Zeit Online has revealed how the OceanLotus (APT32) group are using spear-phishing, watering hole (compromised legitimate websites) and similar tactics to target Vietnamese expatriates in Germany. Source: Portswigger

November 9, 2020 — India is not only facing threats from foreign actors on land but also in the digital world. India’s geopolitical situation, especially with respect to Pakistan and China, has been under severe stress over the past six months.

As a result, state-sponsored actors and financially motivated hackers are now looking at India’s government agencies and Indian companies as their next target, according to the India Threat Landscape Report 2020. Source: Business Insider India

October 20, 2020 — The Sandworm team of Russian military intelligence, alleged to have unleashed computer chaos against the Kremlin’s enemies around the world, is said to operate out of a blue-tinted glass skyscraper known simply as “the tower”.

From that address, 22 Kirova Street in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, the Sandworm hackers, also known more prosaically as the unit 74455 and “the main centre for special technologies”, launched attacks on the Ukrainian power system, Emmanuel Macron’s presidential bid in France in 2017, the South Korean Olympics in 2018 and the UK investigation into the 2018 Russian nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The Guardian

September 30, 2020 — Dataintelo publishes a detailed report on Cyber Warfare market providing a complete information on the current market situation and offering robust insights about the potential size, volume, and dynamics of the market during the forecast period, 2020-2026. This report offers an in-depth analysis that includes the latest information including the current COVID-19 impact on the market and future assessment of the impact on Global Cyber Warfare Market. Source: The Market Records

Manila (Reuters): September 23, 2020 — The Philippine police and military on Wednesday denied any links to Facebook accounts that were taken down by the social media giant after it said they had engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” interfering in Asian and American politics. Source: Reuters

September 14, 2020 — In the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine nationalism has become an important and controversial phenomenon. Rather than cooperate through global mechanisms to develop, manufacture, and distribute a vaccine against the coronavirus, countries with the means to do so have prioritized national access to a vaccine. Despite warnings about its adverse consequences for global health and international cooperation, vaccine nationalism is not abating. The political momentum of vaccine nationalism can be found in not only the pharmaceutical realm but also cyberspace. Source: Council on Foreign Relations

August 28, 2020 — The NSA and FBI released a new cybersecurity advisory on August 13 about previously undisclosed Russian malware. According to the NSA’s press release, the malware (dubbed “Drovorub”) had been deployed as part of the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Special Service Center (GTsSS).

Source: ClearanceJobs

Australia: July 31, 2020 — One of the theories floated about China’s recent cyber espionage campaign against Australia is that it’s being used to punish us for banning Huawei from our future 5G networks and for introducing laws to combat foreign interference. Some in the UK expressed similar fears after the government’s decision to remove Huawei from the country’s telecommunications networks. But this cyber-operations-as-punishment theory is probably not correct. Source: ASPI

July 14, 2020 – Australia is one of the world’s most hacked countries, according to recently released data. 

The data was compiled by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and shows Australia coming in at equal sixth place, with 16 major cyber attacks in the period between May 2006 and June 2020. Source: 9NEWS

July 12, 2020 – The government must be alert to potential cyber attacks from countries such as China, ministers have said as tensions increase between London and Beijing. Source: Metro

July 3, 2020 – By posing as recruiters on LinkedIn, a new tactic has emerged by which advanced persistent threat (APT) hackers have been able to commit cyber espionage. Source: COP Magazine