11 Mar 2022

China says U.S. addresses used its computers to launch cyberattacks on Russia, Ukraine

China has experienced continuous cyberattacks since February in which internet addresses in the United States have been used to seize control of Chinese computers to target Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.  It cited the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC),

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10 Mar 2022

APT41 Spies Broke Into 6 US State Networks via a Livestock App

An app used by farmers to speed their response and other threats to livestock, USAHerds, has allowed one of China’s state-sponsored espionage groups to access six U.S. state networks. Mandiant detected the activity, a prolonged incursion by APT41, in May 2021 and tracked it until February 2022. Vulnerable, internet facing

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02 Mar 2022

Chinese Company Outs U.S. Cyber Espionage and Sends a Message

In late February 2022, Qi An Pangu Lab, a Chinese cybersecurity company, “declassified” technical details of a cyber espionage campaign allegedly perpetrated by an elite hacking group working under the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Per the company’s findings, these state actors dubbed the “Equation Group” by the cybersecurity community created an advanced backdoor that was used to monitor approximately 45 countries for over a decade.

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02 Mar 2022

Russia eyes sanctions workarounds in energy, gold, crypto

The harsh sanctions imposed on Russia and the resulting crash of the ruble have the Kremlin scrambling to keep the country’s economy running. For Vladimir Putin, that means finding workarounds to the Western economic blockade even as his forces continue to invade Ukraine. Former Treasury Department officials and sanctions experts expect

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25 Feb 2022

China lifts restrictions on Russian wheat imports

Restrictions on imports of Russian wheat have been relaxed in China to address food security concerns and could ease the impact of Western sanctions on Russia’s economy. The decision was made earlier this month during President Putin’s visit to Beijing and the announcement was made this week. This agreement is

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23 Feb 2022

Australia demands answers from China over alleged laser incident at sea

Australia has demanded that China investigate an incident that occurred in waters off the country’s north coast. The incident consisted of the alleged use of a laser to illuminate an Australian jet. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated on Monday that he called to Chinese government to explain how dangerous and

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18 Feb 2022

What The C-Suite Needs To Know About The Threat To Space Based Systems (and what to do about it)

OODA recently updated the analysis below on threats to space based assets (with a focus on what the C-Suite needs to know) because of tensions with Russia and continued testing of satellite destruction capabilities the most recent of which (Nov 2021) caused significant increases in dangerous space debris.  We recommend this be read in conjunction with our report on what the C-Suite needs to know about the cybersecurity threats due to the coming Russian invasion of Ukraine, see links in the document for more.

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16 Feb 2022

BBC News on ‘Lying flat’: Why some Chinese are putting work second

BBC business news published a special on what seems to be a trend in China, many workers seeking to devote more time to their personal lives vice making work their life. From the piece: When Jeff (not his real name), left his home city of Hangzhou, for a highly-paid job

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16 Feb 2022

Taiwan and Somaliland Build Closer Ties Amid Criticism from China

The National Interest reports that Taiwan and Somaliland, both de facto independent democratic states claimed by larger countries, are building closer ties: Essa Kayd Mohamoud, the foreign minister of the unrecognized state of Somaliland, accused the Chinese government of attempting to shape its foreign relations during a goodwill trip to

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15 Feb 2022

Will China Replicate Russia’s Cyber Offensives in a Taiwan Reunification?

The current situation in the Ukraine has garnered the world’s attention with stakeholders watching attentively as the crisis unfolds. Such regional hotspots have the potential of spilling over into neighboring countries and pulling in governments from all over the world in some capacity. The threat of armed conflict escalating into a major global engagement is always a possibility. China and Taiwan are eagerly watching the crisis as well, but largely for different reasons. While Taiwan is interested to see how friendly governments come to Ukraine’s aid, China is observing how Russia may go about reclaiming territory of the former Soviet Union, in the attempts of gaining insight into how such an act can be accomplished successfully, should Moscow do just that.

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