21 Mar 2019

Cyber-espionage warning: Russian hacking groups step up attacks ahead of European elections

Security researchers with FireEye are warning that hacking groups supported by the Russian government have already launched attack campaigns in Europe in an attempt to disrupt the elections for the parliament of the European Union (EU), which will take place in May. Russian advanced persistent threat groups including APT28 (aka

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18 Mar 2019

Ukraine Ready to Take on Russian Election Hackers

Ukrainian security officials say that they are “ready to repel […] cyber attacks” launched by Russian state-backed hackers in an ongoing attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Ukraine’s presidential elections that will take place on 31 March. Ukraine recently held joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) in order

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15 Mar 2019

US Warns of Sophisticated Cyberattacks From Russia, China

In addition to discussing the US government’s new cyber strategy, Department of Defense (DoD) officials on Wednesday elaborated on the growing cyber threat from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran in a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee. According to the officials, the DoD will draw on the positive

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13 Mar 2019

CISA Cyber Chief Warns Political Candidates ‘Everybody’s a Potential Target’

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning that all candidates in every official election, including federal, state and local elections, are potential targets for cyberattacks aimed at influencing the campaign and the results. The agency, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security and is in charge of

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05 Mar 2019

Eyeing Russia, EU Girds for Cyberthreats to Parliament Vote

EU security officials are taking steps to counter efforts by Russian state-backed hackers to interfere in the European Parliament elections that will be held in May of this year. The vote comes at a critical time for Europe, not only because of the planned departure of the UK from the

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20 Feb 2019

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Targeted European Think Tanks

Microsoft is investigating a cyber attack campaign by Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, also known as APT 28. The campaign lasted from September to December of last year and targeted think tanks in Europe, including the German Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund. The

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20 Feb 2019

Ukraine Announces Joint Exercises with EU to Fend Off Russian Cyber Threats

Ukraine has announced that it will hold joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) before the country’s March 31 presidential election. The Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council stated that “[t]he available information indicates that Russia intends to use the entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic means, to

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23 Jan 2019

European Parliament Elections in May: Europe’s most hackable election

While individual European countries have held elections in recent years since the Russian campaign on the US election in 2016, the EU is gearing up for its first election since 2014. According to one European expert, “since then [2016], we have tested national systems for the security environment as we

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07 Nov 2018

DHS Cyber Unit Fields False Alarms But No Hacks on Election Day

“Despite a few scares, there is no evidence of any cyberattacks against election infrastructure Tuesday, DHS officials said. As expected, federal officials spent much of the day chasing down anomalies that appeared to have a cyber angle, though all turned out to be typical malfunctions or accidents. For example, in

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07 Nov 2018

Midterms Security Watch: Quiet Election Day early sign of cyber policy success

“For months, top U.S. officials have warned that foreign countries, specifically Russia and China, have the capability to hack the American midterm elections. Fifth Domain is live-blogging election security updates before, during and after the Nov. 6 vote, following the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and others to

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