14 Feb 2022

More Details Emerge: REvil Gang Arrestee Tied to 2021 Colonial Pipeline Attack; Ukrainian Data Wiping Attack a False Flag Operation

A month ago, we provided an analyst of two incidents in the Ukrainian conflict that occurred on the same day (Friday, January 14th):  the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) takedown of the REvil Ransomware Gang and a major cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites.  At the time, these events felt neither coincidental nor unrelated. The following is an update on both events as tensions rise in Eastern Europe.  Only time will tell if they are confirmed pieces of the larger information war waged by Putin.

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14 Jan 2022

Today, Putin Sends Cybercrime Crackdown Signal to U.S.; Unattributed Cyber Attack on Ukrainian Government Sites

More than any of the mixed signals of the high-level meetings between the U.S. and Russia, two cyberwar developments today are far more clear indicators of the direction of the Ukrainian conflict playing out between NATO, Putin, and the U.S. 

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12 Jan 2022

Social Media Platforms Remain a Force Multiplier for Information-Based Threats

A recent report published by The Washington Post revealed how China is aggressively using advanced software to surveil popular social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, among others, in order to monitor the activities of and collect information against Western government officials and journalists. Mining these platforms is not solely the purview of intelligence and security services. In fact, “social media intelligence” as a discipline has emerged because of the booming popularity of these outlets. 

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02 Dec 2021

Iran-Israel Cyber Conflict Shows Leadership Needed to Curb Critical and Civilian Infrastructure Targeting

Over the course of several months, Israel is suspected of perpetrating several attacks that have disrupted key services in Iran. Not one to play victim, Iran has been retaliating in its own way, targeting Israeli targets as well. While the two countries have engaged one another covertly in most domains (air, land, sea, and cyberspace), for the past year both have appeared to move away from traditional symbols of state power such as military sites, individuals of interest, or government facilities, to civilian infrastructure. The intent of these attacks is quite clear: to inflict pain on the civilian communities in their respective countries in a show that neither government can protect them.

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14 May 2020

Cyberwar Was Coming: A Reflection on the 25 Year Old Thesis that Predicted a Generation of Cyberconflict

“You’ve got to read what this kid is writing out of his basement at the University of Vermont…”  – recently retired CIA officer to intelligence and military colleagues in 1994. A candid 25 year retrospective on a thesis that launched a tremendous amount of dialogue and action on the issues of information warfare, cyberterrorism, and cybersecurity.

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