10 Jun 2019

China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban

Over the course of last week, China warned giants including Microsoft, Dell (both US), Arm (UK), SK Hynix and Samsung (both South Korea) against cooperating with recent US sanctions that forbid the sale of important US technology to China. Last month, US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over

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03 Jun 2019

The Spycraft Revolution

As modern life is being reshaped by technological, political, legal, social, and commercial changes, so is one of the world’s oldest professions, namely that of being a spy. According to Edward Lucas of the Economist, global changes are forcing the intelligence community to face various challenges such as: The balance

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03 Jun 2019

China Threatens To Blacklist U.S. Firms Refusing To Supply Huawei

China continues to retaliate against recent US sanctions targeting Huawei and other Chinese firms. Last Friday, Beijing threatened to blacklist US companies that comply with those sanctions. A week before that, China had issued a draft bill ordering Chinese firms that want to buy “network products and services that affect

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31 May 2019

Tech giants sign letter condemning UK agency’s plan to spy on encrypted messages

Four tech giants have slammed a proposal by the UK government to allow government spies secret access to private chats that are supposed to be encrypted. In a joint letter to the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Microsoft, Google, WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and Apple said that the “ghost protocol”

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31 May 2019

Turla turns PowerShell into a weapon in attacks against EU diplomats

ESET researchers recently uncovered a new cyber espionage campaign by Turla, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group believed to operate from Russia. The hackers are using PowerShell scripts in order to go after diplomatic targets in the Eastern Europe. Turla has used PowerShell in previous campaigns, but it has now

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30 May 2019

Russia’s Would-Be Windows Replacement Gets a Security Upgrade

Earlier this week, we reported that China is developing a custom operating system (OS) for military computers in order to replace the Windows systems currently in use. It now seems that Russia is pursuing a similar strategy, since the Kremlin recently gave the domestically developed Astra Linux operating system the

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30 May 2019

Chinese Cyber-Spies Target Government Organizations in Middle East

Researchers with Palo Alto Networks have uncovered a new campaign by Chinese hackers that targets governments in the Middle East. The actor behind the attacks has been identified as Chinese cyber espionage group Emissary Panda (aka APT27, TG-3390, Bronze Union, and Lucky Mouse). Between April 1 and 16, Emissary Panda

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29 May 2019

Huawei Files New Motion Against Federal Ban

Huawei is attempting to get the US Federal Court to speed up the judgement process in the Chinese tech giant’s lawsuit against the US government over the latter’s ban of Huawei telecommunications equipment. Huawei is arguing that the ban under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is unconstitutional because the

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28 May 2019

Chinese military to replace Windows OS amid fears of US hacking

China is reportedly working to develop a custom operating system (OS) for military computers in order to replace the Windows systems currently in use. The initiative follows a “security by obscurity” approach that aims to make it more difficult for US government hackers and other foreign threat actors to conduct

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28 May 2019

Japan to Restrict Foreign Tech Investment on Security Fears

Less than two weeks after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order enabling his government to forbid US firms from using Chinese tech products over security concerns, the Japanese government also took steps to limit China’s influence in the tech industry. Japan is taking a different route than the

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