06 Oct 2020

What The Business Strategist Should Know About Congress’s Latest Report On Future Threats and Defense

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chartered a special task force to assess what the nation should know about the dynamic national security environment and produce a report to guide future action. The report was just issued. It evaluates strategic priorities of the US DoD to seek better matches of national resources to next-generation threats and sets goals for the entire national security community to achieve to ensure success in the coming decades.

The report was not meant to inform action in corporate America, but there are some considerations that may be of critical importance to strategic planning. This report provides our cut on what this report means for business strategists and suggestions on what actions to consider because of the shifting national security environment discussed in this report.

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02 Oct 2020

New APT Group XDSpy Targets Belarus and Russian-Speakers

A new APT group targeting Belarus and other Eastern European governments and businesses has been uncovered and dubbed “XDSpy.” The advanced persistent threat group has reportedly been conducting malicious activity against Eastern European entities for over nine years. The group does not share any similarities of regional targets, network infrastructure,

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02 Oct 2020

U.S. patchwork of state, county election computer networks still vulnerable to cyberattacks

A minor incident in 2016 in which Riverside, California, voters were turned away at the polls due to hackers changing their voter registration information during the primaries has lead cybersecurity professionals to uncover the underlying issue, that voting machines are still susceptible to cyberattacks. Further investigation concluded that it was

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01 Oct 2020

Armenia-Azerbaijan, Both sides defy Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire calls

Just days after a cease-fire was brokered between neighboring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan, forces have defied the calls for an agreement and continuously engaged in conflict along the border and in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia and France have been the most involved in the conflict, as the two countries

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23 Sep 2020

Ransomware gang targets Russian businesses in rare coordinated attacks

Cybersecurity researchers at Group-IB have reportedly identified a new cybercrime group targeting Russian entities with a new strain of ransomware named TinyCryptor. The group has been named OldGremlin and has been only targeting Russian businesses so far. Group-IB researchers stated that this case is unusual in that Russian-speaking gangs often

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21 Sep 2020

Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays

According to recently leaked documents, one of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends may have been laundering money and avoiding sanctions through Barclays Bank in London. The associate, billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, has been close to the president since childhood. Barclays has released a statement claiming that it has met all legal duties

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18 Sep 2020

Novichok found on water bottle suggests Russia’s Navalny poisoned before he went to airport, aides say

On Thursday, the Russian opposition party announced that traces of Novichok, a chemical nerve agent, was found on a bottle of water from Alexey Navalny’s hotel room in Siberia, where he stayed before falling ill on a subsequent flight. However, Navalny’s team has stated that this was not necessarily the

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17 Sep 2020

Likely Links Emerge Between Lazarus Group and Russian-Speaking Cybercriminals

Yesterday, newly published nalysis from the security firm Intel 471 uncovered links between North Korea’s Lazarus Group and Russian-speaking cybercriminals. The report pinpoints links between the two organizations through examining years of security incidents. The conclusion, however, depends on two popular and generally accepted assumptions: that the Trickbot, TA505, and

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11 Sep 2020

Microsoft confirms Chinese, Iranian, and Russian cyber-attacks on Biden and Trump campaigns

Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Chinese, Iranian, and Russian hackers attempted to breach email accounts associated with both the Biden and Trump election campaigns, confirming former suspicions over foreign interference in the US 2020 presidential elections. According to Microsoft, the majority of the attacks were immediately detected and blocked by security

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03 Sep 2020

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Poisoned With Novichok, Berlin Says

According to an announcement made by the German government, Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent known as Novichok. Navalny has been hospitalized since the incident and transferred to a facility in Germany where he has been receiving care. This represents the strongest evidence that

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