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Dateline Moscow, Kyiv: Disinformation in a hybrid war.

Ukraine at D+88: Disinformation, old- and new-school. (The CyberWire) Amid continuing high losses, Russia continues its firepower intensive war. Moscow complains of being a victim of sanctions and cyberattacks, and Russia maintains its mix of old- and new-school propaganda, from loudspeakers and posters stapled to telephone poles, to botnets adapted to tuning campaigns of coordinated inauthenticity.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: List of key events, day 89 (Al Jazeera) As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 89th day, we take a look at the main developments.

Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 88 of the invasion (the Guardian) Russian airstrikes hit Mykolaiv and Donbas regions; only Ukraine can decide its future, says Polish president

Ukraine forces prepare for possible attack on Belarusian border (the Guardian) Unit of young and old volunteer fighters guard network of trenches built since February invasion

Russia destroys major shipment of Western weapons en route to Donbas (The Telegraph) Another blow to Ukraine came as Moscow finally seized the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, after a brutal three-month campaign

Russia has been waiting for this moment- but they could come unstuck (The Telegraph) While the dried earth of the Ukrainian steppe presents advantages for tank movements, the fields of Donbas are still littered with danger

Volodymyr Zelensky: Russia’s assault on the Donbas has turned it into hell (The Telegraph) Ukraine’s president accuses Moscow of ‘completely destroying’ the eastern region as it increases its attacks on the industrial heartland

Ukrainian leaders warn of dire situation in key eastern city of Severodonetsk (Washington Post) Ukrainian leaders are warning of an increasingly dire situation in Severodonetsk — one of the last major cities in eastern Luhansk province still in Kyiv’s control — with a high-ranking official saying it is becoming “a new Mariupol.”

Russian War Report: Russian forces use incendiary munitions in Mariupol (Atlantic Council) New photo and video evidence suggests that the Russian military continues to use incendiary and cluster munitions against Ukrainian forces.

Ukraine: Russian troops ‘concealing true death toll’ after bomb attack ( THE RUSSIAN attack on the Mariupol Drama Theatre could be greater cause for concern than previously thought as the mayor of the city claims we may never know the true death toll of bombing.

Vladimir Putin’s forever war in Ukraine: ‘The Russian military does not have to be effective in order to cause serious damage,’ analyst cautions. (Newsweek) “Russia could not take and hold a city like Mariupol, so they destroyed it, as if to say ‘perhaps we cannot conquer you, but we can at least punish you.'”

Russia’s military is now a ‘wounded bear.’ Can it revive itself? (Breaking Defense) The Norwegian chief of defense, along with experts, assess Russia’s poor performance, how long the conflict will likely last, and what Russia would have to do to rebuild its early losses.

Putin will “be gone by 2023,” likely to sanatorium, predicts ex-MI6 chief (Newsweek) Sir Richard Dearlove’s comments on Thursday come amid ongoing speculation about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s health.

Liz Truss: We’ll give Moldova weapons to stop an invasion by Vladimir Putin (The Telegraph) Foreign Secretary says Nato could increase support to Ukraine’s threatened neighbour amid fears it is Russia’s next target

British weapons will turn Moldovans into ‘cannon fodder’, says pro-Russian former president (The Telegraph) Igor Dodon’s warning comes after Liz Truss said that Britain wants to arm Moldova to ‘Nato standard’ to bolster its defence against Russia

US intel skeptical Putin will be swayed by Russian public opinion over war in Ukraine (CNN) US intelligence officials are skeptical that any change in Russian public opinion against the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine — even a dramatic one — would have an effect in persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the conflict, according to multiple sources familiar with the latest intelligence.

For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire (Foreign Policy) The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.

Chechen troops in Ukraine mocked for focusing on making TikTok videos over fighting (The Telegraph) There have also been accusations that Chechen fighters are standing aside to let Russian soldiers handle the frontline combat

Belarus dictator targets anti-war saboteurs with death penalty (Atlantic Council) Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has introduced amendments to the country’s capital punishment legislation that will make it possible to impose death sentences on anti-war saboteurs.

Belarusians join war seeking to free Ukraine and themselves (Military Times) Belarusians are among those who have answered a call for foreign fighters to join the International Legion for the Territorial Defense of Ukraine.

Telegram channels and youth groups rally against Riga following Victory Day controversy (Medium) The city of Riga sparks pro-Russian outrage after voting to demolish Soviet monument and arresting pro-Kremlin activist

Russian State TV says Ukraine war is “rehearsal” for conflict with NATO (Newsweek) A panelist said on a show on Russia-1—a channel that has relentlessly pushed Kremlin propaganda about the invasion of Ukraine—that Russia can learn from the war for “future conflicts.”

Putin’s “illogical” acts show need to prepare for nuclear strike: Romney (Newsweek) In a Saturday op-ed, Mitt Romney cited warnings made by Russian ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov that NATO is not taking Russia’s nuclear threat seriously.

Russia Is a Real Threat to NATO (Foreign Policy) Despite its failings, the Russian military is still a powerful force.

Zelenskyy’s chief of staff: Ukraine has a shot at ‘complete liberation’ (Atlantic Council) Andriy Yermak urged the West to help his country maintain its momentum at an Atlantic Council Front Page event on Friday.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, Addresses World Economic Forum (World Economic Forum) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, in a live video address to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, told participants how he wakes up every day to read the numbers of his people killed in the war in the last 24 hours.

Sweden and Finland’s NATO Bids Hit a Roadblock Named Erdogan (World Politics Review) As of last week, NATO seemed well on its way to expanding. But it soon became clear that Finland’s and Sweden’s accessions might not be approved so quickly after all, because Turkey has threatened to block them. Why would Turkey get in the way of strengthening an alliance that it ostensibly benefits from?

Western resolve set to be tested as key US and EU figures want Ukraine to cede territory (The Telegraph) The inevitable outcome may be a compromise, but as the balance shifts there is more fighting to be done before either side will accept one

Pictured: Destroyed Russian tanks put on display in Kyiv (The Telegraph) Residents of the Ukrainian capital flocked to see the burnt out military vehicles left behind after the Russian retreat

Winning in Ukraine: a French perspective (Defense News) Besides their military support for Kyiv, France and Germany are also mindful of leaving the door open to a negotiated settlement of the conflict.

More nations expected to sign up for Pentagon’s Ukraine aid group (Defense News) A group of international defense chiefs convened by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to coordinate military aid for Ukraine is likely to be larger when it meets for the second time on Monday.

Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial (AP NEWS) A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison Monday for killing a civilian, sealing the first conviction for war crimes since Moscow’s invasion three months ago.

Russian soldier gets life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial (Washington Post) A 21-year-old Russian soldier was found guilty Monday of killing an unarmed civilian in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since Russia’s invasion. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Russian Soldier Sentenced to Life in Prison in Ukraine War-Crimes Trial (Wall Street Journal) A Russian soldier was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since the invasion began in February.

‘Such Bad Guys Will Come’: How One Russian Brigade Terrorized Bucha (New York Times) A particularly fearsome unit of Moscow’s invading army arrived in the Kyiv suburb in mid-March. The soldiers’ reputation preceded them.

Russia claims George Orwell wasn’t writing about totalitarianism in ‘1984’ in bizarre defence of war (The Telegraph) Vladimir Putin’s incessant propaganda campaign through state media has drawn many comparisons to the classic novel

Putin is bringing his disinformation war to Ukraine (Newsweek) Russia has long used propaganda as a weapon, and recent reports say its president has been spreading disinformation to the Ukrainian people about his war.

Russian government procured powerful botnet to shift social media trending topics (The Record by Recorded Future) Researchers at Nisos said the Fronton botnet was primarily developed “for coordinated inauthentic behavior on a massive scale.”

Fronton: Russian IoT Botnet Designed to Run Social Media Disinformation Campaigns (The Hacker News) Fronton: Russian IoT Botnet Designed to Run Social Media Disinformation Campaigns

Sandworm uses a new version of ArguePatch to attack targets in Ukraine (WeLiveSecurity) ESET researchers spot a new version of the ArguePatch malware loader that was previously used in the Industroyer2 and CaddyWiper attacks.

Putin complains about barrage of cyberattacks (Military Times) Putin charged that “an outright aggression has been unleashed against Russia, a war has been waged in the information space.”

Putin promises to bolster Russia’s IT security in face of cyber attacks (Reuters) President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the number of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign “state structures” had increased several times over and that Russia must bolster its cyber defences by reducing the use of foreign software and hardware.

Russia keeps getting hacked (Mashable) Oh, how the tables have turned.

Italy target of major Russia-linked cyberattack, again (Euractiv) Pro-Russian hacker group Killnet and its affiliate Legion targeted thousands of websites, including government websites, in a coordinated cyberattack on Friday, Italian police reported.

Russian Hackers Claim Responsibility for Attacks on Italian Government Websites (Wall Street Journal) MILAN—Italian police on Friday sought to confirm the claim by pro-Russian hackers that they were responsible for taking down several government websites, some of which remained offline for almost 24 hours.
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Anonymous Declares Cyber-War on Pro-Russian Hacker Gang Killnet (Infosecurity Magazine) After declaring cyber-war, Anonymous announced that the official Killnet site was offline

Moscow to build new military bases on western front in ‘response to Nato’ (The Telegraph) Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said that Moscow will create new military bases in western Russia in response to the expansion of Nato.

For Finland, the Cold War never ended. That’s why it’s ready for NATO. (Atlantic Council) For decades, Finland has persevered on its own—and now NATO has the opportunity to benefit from that.

Ukraine’s EU application is splitting Europe in two (Newsweek) Western nations are more hesitant on Ukraine’s EU ambitions, while eastern member states are pushing for progress.

WSJ News Exclusive | Pentagon Weighs Deploying Special Forces to Guard Kyiv Embassy (Wall Street Journal) The Biden administration is weighing the desire to avoid escalating the military presence against the security of U.S. diplomats in a conflict zone.

Cosmopolitan no more: Russians feel sting of cultural and economic rift (the Guardian) Magazines, production lines and consumer choices suffer as isolation from the west bites

Russia halts gas supplies to Finland as payments row with the west escalates (the Guardian) Russia cut off gas to Bulgaria and Poland last month amid an energy payments dispute sparked by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Germany prepares for gas rationing as Schröder quits Rosneft (The Telegraph) German regulators are drawing up plans to ration gas to the country’s businesses in the event of Russia cutting off supplies.

Vladimir Putin is goading the West into joining the war by creating global food meltdown (The Telegraph) Western leaders face the challenge of resolving blockaded exports and the prospect of famine without instigating direct conflict with Russia

Russia bans 963 Americans, including Biden and Harris — but not Trump (Washington Post) Russia is permanently banning nearly 1,000 Americans, including President Biden and Vice President Harris, from entering the country in response to the United States’ support of Ukraine and the historic sanctions facing Moscow nearly three months into its invasion.

Russian Inflation Makes U.S. Price Rises Look Tame (Wall Street Journal) Sanctions are hitting Russian families at the grocery store, amid surging inflation that is running at double the rate of the West.

Russia could rename McDonald’s ZBurger or Rusburger amid rush for last Big Macs (The Telegraph) More than 800 McDonald’s restaurants in Russia are set to undergo a rebrand

Russian film director: Why I went to Cannes despite calls for me to be banned (The Telegraph) Kirill Serebrennikov, director of the film Tchaikovsky’s Wife, chose to attend the festival this year despite calls for him to be barred

Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

DisCONTInued: The End of Conti’s Brand Marks New Chapter For Cybercrime Landscape (AdvIntel) By Yelisey Bogusalvskiy & Vitali Kremez (with special thanks to AdvIntel Intel Production Analyst Marley Smith) This is a redacted report that is based on our internal investigations. The full version of the report includes additional information, evidence, IOCs, and commentary for AdvIntel customers and Law Enforcement. Conti’s Death Notice On May 19, 2022, the admin panel of the Conti ransomware gang’s official website, Conti News, was shut down. The negotiations service site was also down, wh

Notorious cybercrime gang Conti ‘shuts down,’ but its influence and talent are still out there (The Record by Recorded Future) The group’s web presence was officially just a shell as of May 19. But pinning down what happened to all its workers is more difficult.

Could a Cyber Attack Overthrow a Government? Conti Ransomware Group Now Threatening To Topple Costa Rican Government if Ransom Not Paid (CPO Magazine) The spate of ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure companies in 2021 was seen as a major escalation by cyber criminal groups. The Conti ransomware gang appears to be attempting to skip several steps by threatening to overthrow the government of Costa Rica, having established a presence throughout its national agencies.

Fears grow after ransomware attack on Costa Rica escalates (TechCrunch) The Russia-linked ransomware gang demanded $20 million in ransom — and the overthrow of Costa Rica’s elected government.

Cyber security: Global food supply chain at risk from malicious hackers (BBC News) The growth of “smart” farm machinery is increasing the risk of hacking of food and farming systems.

Cisco Warns of Exploitation Attempts Targeting New IOS XR Vulnerability (SecurityWeek) Cisco has warned users that it’s aware of in-the-wild exploitation attempts targeting CVE-2022-20821, a new vulnerability affecting its IOS XR software.

Snake Keylogger Spreads Through Malicious PDFs (Threatpost) Microsoft Word also leveraged in the email campaign, which uses a 22-year-old Office RCE bug.

PDF Malware Is Not Yet Dead (HP Wolf Security) Don’t let cyber threats get the best of you. Read our post, PDF Malware Is Not Yet Dead, to learn more about cyber threats and cyber security.

Google: Predator spyware infected Android devices using zero-days (BleepingComputer) Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) says that state-backed threat actors used five zero-day vulnerabilities to install Predator spyware developed by commercial surveillance developer Cytrox.

The Week in Ransomware – May 20th 2022 – Another one bites the dust (BleepingComputer) Ransomware attacks continue to slow down, likely due to the invasion of Ukraine, instability in the region, and subsequent worldwide sanctions against Russia.

Fake domains offer Windows 11 installers – but deliver malware instead (ZDNet) Be careful what you are downloading – these files deliver the Vidar infostealer.

Nikkei becomes latest major news outlet hit with ransomware (The Record by Recorded Future) Investigators are trying to determine the nature and scope of an incident involving Nikkei’s Asia headquarters in Singapore.

Microsoft sounds the alarm on – wait for it – a Linux botnet (Register) Redmond claims the numbers are scary, but won’t release them

Tesla, Microsoft and Ubuntu bugs found during Pwn2Own hacking competition (The Record by Recorded Future) Several bugs in Microsoft, Ubuntu and Tesla products were found and exploited during the three-day Pwn2Own hacking conference in Vancouver.

Windows 11 hacked three more times on last day of Pwn2Own contest (BleepingComputer) On the third and last day of the 2022 Pwn2Own Vancouver hacking contest, security researchers successfully hacked Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system three more times using zero-day exploits.

Zero Day Initiative — Pwn2Own Vancouver 2022 – The Results (Zero Day Initiative) Pwn2Own Vancouver for 2022 is underway, and the 15th anniversary of the contest has already seen some amazing research demonstrated. Stay tuned to this blog for updated results, picture, and videos from the event. We’ll be posting it all here – including the most recent Master of Pwn leaderboard.

Researchers Find Backdoor in School Management Plugin for WordPress (The Hacker News) Researchers have found a backdoor in multiple versions of a WordPress plugin called School Management Pro that gives attackers complete control.

Ransomware attack exposes data of 500,000 Chicago students (BleepingComputer) The Chicago Public Schools has suffered a massive data breach that exposed the data of almost 500,000 students and 60,000 employee after their vendor, Battelle for Kids, suffered a ransomware attack in December.

Chicago Public Schools says ransomware attack affects nearly 500,000 students and 56,000 employees (Chicago Tribune) A CPS vendor storing the data had a ransonware attack in December, CPS says.

Ransomware attack affects nearly 500,000 CPS students (WGN-TV) A ransomware attack last year affected nearly 500,000 Chicago Public School students. The district said over 495,000 student records and over 56,000 staff records were compromised. The br…

Over 8 GB Database Exposing Millions of Hotel Guests Dumped (for Free) on Telegram (vpnMentor) Over 142 million records were publicly shared on Telegram, exposing the personally identifiable information (PII) of MGM Hotels customers around the world, including the names,

Security Patches, Mitigations, and Software Updates

Microsoft patches the Patch Tuesday patch that broke authentication (Naked Security) Remember the good old days when security patches rarely needed patches? Because security patches themlelves were rare enough anyway?

Cisco Issues Patch for New IOS XR Zero-Day Vulnerability Exploited in the Wild (The Hacker News) Cisco on Friday released security patches for a new vulnerability in its IOS XR software that has been exploited in real-world attacks to access Redis

US Government says: Patch VMware right now, or get off our network (Naked Security) Find and patch. Right now. If you can’t patch, get it off the network. Right now! Oh, and show us what you did to comply.

Trojan cyber attacks hitting SMBs harder than ever – Kaspersky (SecurityBrief Asia) In 2022 the number of Trojan-PSW detections increased by almost a quarter compared to the same period in 2021 to reach 4,003,323.

America’s small businesses aren’t ready for a cyberattack (CNBC) Small business owners consistently leave cybersecurity off their list of top risks. The level of threat is higher than they think, and customers are worried.


Y Combinator Warns Startups In 2022 To Plan For Economic Downturn (Crunchbase News) Startup accelerator Y Combinator is the latest investment firm to warn the good times may be coming to an end for startups and the venture market.

Cyber Sec startup MazeBolt raises $10m to stop DDoS attacks (Jerusalem Post) The company uses its tech to prevent attacks before they happen.

Broadcom in Talks to Acquire Cloud Company VMware (Yahoo) Broadcom Inc. is in talks to acquire VMware Inc., the cloud-computing company backed by billionaire Michael Dell, setting up a blockbuster tech deal that would vault the chipmaker into a highly specialized area of software. Most Read from BloombergWalmart’s Troubles Should Have Everyone on High AlertBroadcom in Talks to Acquire Cloud Company VMwareStocks Rise on Biden Tariff Comments; Dollar Drops: Markets WrapA $5 Trillion ‘Wealth Shock’ Is Cracking Americans’ Nest EggsHow an Ene

SolarWinds ready to move past breach and help customers manage theirs (ZDNet) Acknowledging that 2021 was a tough year, SolarWinds CEO says it has bolstered its build model and expanded its systems monitoring capabilities so customers can better manage the complexities of hybrid cloud environments.

Palo Alto Surges as Cybersecurity Provider Raises Guidance (Barron’s) Palo Alto, which offers security systems, says that demand remains strong and that supply-chain issues aren’t getting in the way of sales.

Palantir chief Alex Karp: War is here — you need a pariah on your side (Times) It is a Saturday afternoon in London and Alex Karp, a tousle-haired American billionaire, is talking about nuclear war. “The risk of a nuclear event is signific

TitanHQ Hires Axcient, NinjaOne, MSP Veteran Tom Watson as Channel Chief – ChannelE2E: Technology News for MSPs & Channel Partners (ChannelE2E) TitanHQ, the email security platform provider, hires eFolder, Axcient & NinjaOne veteran Tom Watson as channel chief. Watson also is a former MSP owner.

Gigamon appoints Mark Coates as VP EMEA (PCR) Gigamon Inc. has appointed Mark Coates as VP EMEA. With over 25 years of experience from inside and

Amit Serper joins Sternum as Director of Security Research (Help Net Security) Sternum welcomes Amit Serper, an international cybersecurity expert, as its new Director of Security Research.

LastPass Announces New Chief Secure Technology Officer and Expanded Executive Team (The LastPass Blog) LastPass, the global leader in zero-knowledge password management, today announced four new hires to its executive team. This expansion brings experienced talent to the company and highlights LastPass’ commitment to investing in innovation and a seamless user experience. Joining LastPass is Christofer Hoff as Chief Secure Technology Officer, Lora Rodstein […]

Cybersecurity Veterans Join BlueVoyant’s Strategic Development Group (PR Newswire) BlueVoyant, an industry-leading internal and external cyber defense platform, today announced that veteran cybersecurity professionals Malcolm…

Meet David Maynor & Chloé Messdaghi – Cybrary New Hire Q&A (Cybrary) The Cybrary team is excited to announce two experienced cybersecurity leaders have joined the team to advance our mission to equip professionals at all stages of their careers with the skills to succeed against ever-evolving cyber threats. David Maynor joins us as the head of our new Cybrary Threat Intelligence Group (CTIG), and Chloé Messdaghi is our new Chief Impact Officer.

Products, Services, and Solutions

Cybercrime Intelligence Provider Hudson Rock Offers MSSP Security Sales Tool (MSSP Alert) Cybercrime intelligence solutions provider Hudson Rock offers Bayonet security sales prospecting tool; MSSPs gain insights into compromised companies.

Zscaler Says Two More FedRAMP Authorizations in Process (MeriTalk) Cloud security provider Zscaler said this week that it has two additional Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) authorizations in process, and expects to receive certifications in the coming weeks.

CyberSheath launches partner program to help DIB companies achieve CMMC compliance (Help Net Security) CyberSheath has launched a partner program designed to empower vendors to expand their core capabilities and achieve CMMC compliance faster.

Finally, a single source of truth for Network Security Objects with AlgoSec ObjectFlow (Palmbay Herald) AlgoSec’s new product manages network objects in firewall, SDN and cloud platforms to securely accelerate connectivity changes

Penta: Enterprise grade cyber security now affordable for SMEs (PR Newswire) In today’s interconnected world, cyber security is becoming a must-have for organizations of all sizes. Companies big and small need robust…

Technologies, Techniques, and Standards

NASA, ESA, and JAXA Expand Earth Observing Dashboard to Include Environmental Data (Via Satellite) NASA announced Thursday that it reached an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to expand the

For CISA, being the newest federal cyber agency means needing modern tech to back it up (FedScoop) When you’re the newest federal agency on the block like the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, you can’t just have run-of-the-mill technology — especially when your mission is to defend the government’s sprawling IT networks. Bob Costello is hyper-aware that a big part of his role as CIO of CISA — the Department of Homeland […]

Design and Innovation

Snapchat’s parental control features spotted in development (TechCrunch) Snapchat is preparing to introduce a new parental control feature dubbed “Family Center,” which will allow parents to see who their teen is friends with on the app as well as who they’ve been messaging with over the past seven days, and more. Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel first te…

Microsoft Is Censoring Searches in U.S. for Politically Sensitive Chinese Names, Researchers Say (Wall Street Journal) Bing’s autofill feature failed to make suggestions for terms that could be considered controversial in Beijing, according to a cybersecurity and surveillance group.

India’s answer to Twitter already offers self-verification (Rest of World) “Already doing what Elon Musk wants to do is such a high,” co-founder of Koo, Aprameya Radhakrishna, posted on Twitter.

The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it (MIT Technology Review) Some worry that the chatter about these tools is doing the whole field a disservice.


Cyberattack delays second summer semester at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (WWMTCW) Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) students will have an extra week to prepare for summer courses. The second summer semester that was supposed to start May 23, is now delayed until May 31, according to a Thursday post on the school’s Facebook page. A cyberattack knocked the school’s computer network offline Monday. Email, online classes, and online portions of in-person classes have been inaccessible since.

Immaculata’s New Partnership to Support Ever-Evolving Workforce Development Needs Within Cybersecurity (Vista Today) Immaculata University has partnered with cybersecurity firm Fortalice Solutions LLC, a leading national security company. This new partnership will support the ever-evolving workforce development needs within the cybersecurity field. Professionals working in cybersecurity or current college students can enroll for the fall semester for the first online course in Offensive Cybersecurity Operations and Open-Source Intelligence.

Ranchi University to offer diploma in cyber security, conduct research in cyberspace (Bharat Times) Ranchi University has collaborated with the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and Cyberpeace Foundation to work together in the

Butler Community College’s Cybersecurity program offers online option ( Butler Community College will add a completely online option for its Cybersecurity one-year certificate and two-year degree beginning in August. The program’s availability online and its affordability

Legislation, Policy, and Regulation

Lagarde Says Crypto Is ‘Worth Nothing’ and Should Be Regulated (Bloomberg) Digital euro will be safer store of value, ECB president says. Comments come amid turbulent times for crypto markets.

Canada bans Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks over security concerns (BleepingComputer) The Government of Canada announced its intention to ban the use of Huawei and ZTE telecommunications equipment and services across the country’s 5G and 4G networks.

Huawei and ZTE are now banned in Canada over cybersecurity concerns (Android Central) Another country is banning Huawei and ZTE over cybersecurity concerns.

Huawei ban won’t solve the problem of Chinese spying on Canada, experts say (National Post) China ‘will continue to be very effective in engaging in espionage’ in Canada, one analyst says, ‘regardless of the telecommunications network equipment they…

Former Richmond MP said Canada’s recent ban on Huawei’s 5G network is ‘too late’ (Richmond News) Canada missed an opportunity to show leadership on the international stage: Chiu

Huawei 5G ban delay wasn’t tied to efforts to free Spavor and Kovrig, Mendicino says (CTVNews) Canada’s Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino insists the once unknown fate of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig was not why the government delayed its decision to ban Huawei technologies from Canada’s 5G network.

Rising Cases of Data Breaches in Indonesia: a Sign to Urgently Enact the Data Protection Bill? (Indonesia Investments) Breaches of personal data are unfortunately common news in Indonesia as it occurs on a widespread and frequent basis in not only the public sectors, but also in private sectors.

Inside India’s New 6 Hour Cybersecurity Incident Notification Requirement ( The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) now requires a notification 6 hours after a cybersecurity incident for most types of incidents. Here’s what entities who do business in India or work with Indian service providers need to know.

US agencies announce initiatives to crack down on ransomware (The Record by Recorded Future) CISA announced plans for a Joint Ransomware Task Force, while the DOJ said it is launching two international cyber initiatives.

A year after report, task force urges U.S. to keep ransomware on front burner (CyberScoop) The Ransomware Task Force said that a year after its initial report, the U.S. has made progress on some of its recommendations.

Pentagon making progress on cybersecurity amid challenges, watchdog says (C4ISRNet) “Safeguarding federal computer systems has been a longstanding concern,” the GAO wrote in a May 19 memo to congressional committees, noting cybersecurity has been “on our high-risk list since 1997.”

Experts see progress on federal cybersecurity (The Hill) After grappling with multiple devastating cyberattacks, experts are applauding the progress made by the White House in the year since President Biden signed an executive order aimed to st…

DOD: It’s Not Just State Actors Who Pose Cyber Threat to U.S. (U.S. Department of Defense) It’s not just hackers operating at the behest of adversarial nation states who pose a threat to U.S. cyber infrastructure — it’s cyber criminals who are just in it for the money, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.

NSF Official: Sharing Data, Threat Intel Vital to Fighting Cyber Threats (MeriTalk) Federal agencies are balancing evolving security requirements while defending against persistent threats, and the increased use of cyber threat intelligence and information sharing is helping government organizations make faster, more informed decisions to combat malicious activity, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF) technology official.

U.S. Army South, Argentine army work to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities ( “In traditional military operations we need to be able to shoot, move and communicate. We need to identify key…

Navy’s Cyber Chief: Leadership is Key to Integrating Sea Power and Cyber (DVIDS) Myers mentored more than a dozen NROTC students at his alma mater on May 19, sharing his knowledge, experiences, and providing them advice on how to become successful leaders in a world that is more connected and intertwined than ever before.

Milancy Harris Nominated to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Security and Intelligence (HS Today) Harris is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Defense.

Litigation, Investigation, and Law Enforcement

Why It’s Hard to Sanction Ransomware Groups (ProPublica) The Russia-linked ransomware gang Conti avoided the sanctions that hit Russian banks and businesses after the invasion of Ukraine, spotlighting the difficulty of reining in cybercriminals. Meanwhile, confused victims face uncertainty.

FTC warns it will go after ed tech companies misusing children’s data (CyberScoop) The crackdown comes as lawmakers look to update children’s privacy protections.

Trump gets new ammo in efforts to dismiss Russia collusion as “witch hunt” (Newsweek) Testimony from a former Hillary Clinton campaign manager concerned the release of information about an alleged tie between Trump’s company and a Russian bank.

Clinton campaign wasn’t fully confident about Trump’s connection to Russia (Newsweek) Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager said Friday that officials weren’t “totally confident” in the accuracy of data linking Donald Trump to a Russian bank.

Sussmann prosecutors also take aim at Clinton, FBI and the news media (Washington Post) Testimony shows how the FBI worried about being “played” in the wake of the 2016 probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Former BitMEX CEO Sentenced to House Arrest on Anti-Money-Laundering Charges (Wall Street Journal) Arthur Hayes, a co-founder and former chief executive of cryptocurrency derivatives exchange BitMEX, has been sentenced to serve six months of house arrest for violating U.S. law by failing to establish a compliant anti-money-laundering program.

Do People Caught on Ring Cameras Have Privacy Rights? (Wired) Surveillance devices are becoming more ubiquitous. Do those who unknowingly appear in cam footage have rights—and who gets to decide?

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Tax Data Leaked Out a Year Ago. IRS Leaders Still Wait for Answers (Wall Street Journal) Treasury Secretary Yellen, IRS Commissioner Rettig and lawmakers say they want findings from investigations, and have so far received none.

SEC Fines Wells Fargo Brokerage Unit $7M For AML Lapses (Law360) A Wells Fargo & Co. unit has agreed to pay a $7 million fine to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims of anti-money laundering lapses stemming in part from the allegedly faulty rollout of a new version of its transaction monitoring system, the agency said Friday.

Objectors Say Pizza Chain Hack Deal Unfairly Ignores CCPA (Law360) A proposed settlement that would end litigation stemming from California Pizza Kitchen’s September data breach is a “rotten deal” because it ignores potentially valuable claims under California’s Consumer Privacy Act, two objectors have claimed.

Security breach? Confidential audit of Kansas Department of Labor identifies 31 recommendations (Topeka Capital-Journal) A Kansas Department of Labor outside audit identified 31 cybersecurity recommendations. A leak of the report was called a security breach.

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