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Dateline Moscow and Kyiv: Warfare as mindshare.

Ukraine at D+25: Digging in physically, and digging in with the narrative. (The CyberWire) Russia looks to gather fresh troops and expel traitors and failures. Cyber conflict plays out in influence operations.

Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict (AP NEWS) The battle for Ukraine’s strategic port of Mariupol raged on Monday, as Ukraine rejected a Russian offer to evacuate its troops from the besieged city and Russian bombardment continued.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: List of key events from day 26 (Al Jazeera) As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 26th day, we take a look at the main developments.

6 Questions About Russia’s War in Ukraine, Answered (Foreign Policy) Your guide to Foreign Policy’s coverage of the war so far.

Russia’s war for Ukraine could be headed toward stalemate (Washington Post) Casualties, equipment losses and a lack of progress on the ground are taking an unsustainable toll, experts say

Russian Wagner mercenaries enter Ukraine to assassinate Volodymyr Zelensky, officials claim (The Telegraph) The Ukrainian president has already survived three assassination attempts

Ukraine conflict: Russia trying to starve Mariupol into surrender – MP (BBC News) Russia issued an ultimatum offering to open humanitarian corridors in exchange for the surrender of the city.

‘The destruction is enormous’: Thousands more flee Mariupol and 350,000 remain hidden in shelters (The Telegraph) Refugees brave minefields, freezing weather and checkpoints – but it is unclear how much longer the humanitarian corridor might remain open

Ukraine crisis: claims Mariupol women and children forcibly sent to Russia (the Guardian) Thousands of resident illegally taken across border, says Mariupol council, as reports emerge its art school has been bombed while 400 were sheltering inside

Russia-Ukraine latest news: Mariupol civilians ‘forcibly’ taken to Russia (The Telegraph) Civilians in Mariupol have been forcibly taken to Russia by enemy forces, the city’s authorities have said.

Ukraine rejects Russian demand for surrender in Mariupol (AP NEWS) Ukrainian officials defiantly rejected a Russian demand that their forces in Mariupol lay down arms and raise white flags Monday in exchange for safe passage out of the besieged strategic port city.

Vladimir Putin accused of mass abductions of Ukrainian citizens (The Telegraph) Chilling echoes of Second World War as Kremlin troops forcibly deport thousands of people from Mariupol to cities deep inside Russia

New satellite imagery shows bombed-out Mariupol theater (Washington Post) New satellite imagery collected Saturday morning shows the damage done to Ukraine’s stately Mariupol Drama Theater during Russian shelling this week. The image, which was provided to The Washington Post by Maxar Technologies, shows more than half the roof collapsed. The remaining portion is mangled, buckling inward. Rubble is visible on both sides of the building, and portions of the interior appear to be burned.

Russian warships in Caspian Sea join in bombardment of Ukraine (The Telegraph) Missiles from the Caspian Flotilla are flying hundreds of miles, often at low altitude, over Russian territory before hitting targets

Volodymyr Zelensky tells Russia to seek ‘meaningful’ peace talks or face catastrophic losses (The Telegraph) Volodymyr Zelensky has called for comprehensive peace talks with Moscow, saying Russia would otherwise need generations to recover from losses suffered during the war.

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy calls for urgent peace talks and warns of Mariupol catastrophe (the Guardian) Russia has a chance to limit the damage by engaging in ‘meaningful’ talks, says Volodymyr Zelenskiy, amid fierce shelling in the south

Turkey says Russia and Ukraine are ‘close to agreement’ in talks (Al Jazeera) Turkish foreign minister says while negotiations were ‘not easy’, there is some ‘momentum’ towards an agreement.

Chechen special forces tighten grip on Mariupol as house-to-house fighting erupts (The Telegraph) Gun battles reported in the centre of the strategic port city as bomb victims are feared trapped under the rubble of ruined theatre

Russian War Report: Russia sends military contractors from Georgian breakaway region to Ukraine (Atlantic Council) Military contractors from South Ossetia, Belarus’ hesitancy to send troops, VPN’s, the dilemma US tech companies face over Russian citizens’ access, and more.

Russian mercenaries in Ukraine linked to far-right extremists (the Guardian) Wagner Group connected to white supremacists, Tech against Terrorism investigation finds

Legion of the damned: Inside Ukraine’s army of misfits, veterans, and war tourists in the fight against Russia (Task & Purpose) The recruits of Ukraine Foreign Legion has been a mixed bag – with a swarm of Fantasists for every one candidate with combat experience.

No gun. No helmet. No action: The frustrations of some novice Americans who signed up to fight in Ukraine. (Washington Post) Before he decided to buy a one-way plane ticket to Ukraine, Adam worked two jobs, as a security guard and as a cashier at a dollar store. He owned guns and fired them at shooting ranges, but the only fighting he had ever done was in mixed martial arts classes.

The Enduring Danger of Cluster Bombs (Wired) Russia’s reported use of cluster munitions against Ukraine could cause devastation for decades.

British volunteer fighters may have triggered deadly strike on Ukrainian base after their phones were detected (The Telegraph) The Telegraph has learned that 12 to 14 phone numbers starting with +44 were visible to surveillance equipment before the missile strike

Ukraine warns Belarus planning ‘direct invasion’ to assist Putin’s forces (Fox News) Ukraine’s defense ministry warning the Belarus is planning an invasion from the north west to assist Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kyiv sees high risk of attack on western Ukraine from Belarus (Al Jazeera) President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office says there is a high risk of an attack on Volyn being launched from Belarus.

Stalled Russian offensive increases pressure on Belarus to join invasion (Financial Times) President Alexander Lukashenko has limited ability to resist Kremlin if called upon to contribute troops, say analysts

Ukrainian Railways Chief Says ‘Honest’ Belarusians Are Cutting Russian Supplies By Train (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty) In an interview with Current Time, the head of Ukraine’s state-run railroad said “honest people” among Belarusian railroad workers have completely cut off efforts to supply Russian forces by train via Belarus. “I can say that there is no railway connection between Ukraine and Belarus,” he said.

The Case for Ukrainian Neutrality (Foreign Affairs) A deal doesn’t have to be a death sentence.

Elon Musk’s Starlink is keeping Ukrainians online when traditional Internet fails (Washington Post) Musk sent terminals for the satellite Internet service after a Ukrainian official tweeted at him

Elon Musk’s Starlink helping Ukraine to win the drone war (The Telegraph) The advanced satellite system keeps the army connected despite power outages and helps forces to target Russian tanks and positions

Vladimir Putin turns on his own as he vows to ‘purify’ Russia of traitors (The Telegraph) General Roman Gavrilov, deputy head of Russia’s National Guard, arrested in apparent purge of military and intelligence commanders

Reported Detention of Russian Spy Boss Shows Tension Over Stalled Ukraine Invasion, U.S. Officials Say (Wall Street Journal) The U.S. deems credible reports that the chief of the FSB intelligence agency’s Ukraine unit is under house arrest. Bickering has occurred between the FSB and Russia’s defense ministry.

Russian elites planning to overthrow Putin: Ukrainian intelligence (New York Post) The intel alleges that the group has already been eyeing Alexander Bortnikov, the Russian Director of the Federal Security Service, as a successor to the president.

In a £10,500 Italian designer coat, a limping Vladimir Putin tries to rally his people (The Telegraph) Thousands cheer president’s tub-thumping speech which quoted chapter and verse from the Bible, although they dare not do otherwise

The signs showing Putin is interested in finding a way out of the war (Haaretz) There is no need to bring the Russian president to a psychologist’s couch in order to realize that he is in distress, while Israeli neutrality is being served with a twisted irony by Russia

Live updates: Ukraine says Russia shelled chemical plant (AP NEWS) Ukraine’s prosecutor general said a Russian shell struck a chemical plant outside the city of Sumy a little after 3 a.m. Monday, causing a leak in a 50-ton tank of ammonia that took hours to contain.

Russian strikes hit Ukrainian capital and outskirts of Lviv (AP NEWS) Russian forces pressed their assault on Ukrainian cities Friday, with new missile strikes and shelling on the capital Kyiv and the outskirts of the western city of Lviv, as world leaders pushed for an investigation of the Kremlin’s repeated attacks on civilian targets, including schools, hospitals and residential areas.

The Dangers of Putin’s Paranoia (Foreign Affairs) Why isolation encourages escalation.

Why Putin Probably Won’t Give Up Anytime Soon (Foreign Policy) History—and Putin’s penchant for risk—suggest he’s likely to dig in his heels.

Putin’s increasingly deranged behaviour should worry us all (The Telegraph) Tirade against Western values fuels fears of a return to Soviet-era economic crises

A legacy of ‘secrecy and deception’: Why Russia clings to an outlawed chemical arsenal (Washington Post) On July 12, 2018, British scientists gathered at a restricted military base for a first look at the weapon used in a bizarre murder attempt a few weeks before. The device was a perfume bottle, tossed away by the assailants as they fled the country, and containing less than a tablespoon of a liquid so deadly that it could only be handled with heavy rubber gloves and hazmat gear.

Vladimir Putin’s war to crush Ukraine is part of a long Kremlin tradition (Atlantic Council) Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has stunned the world with its criminal brutality but the Russian invasion is actually very much in line with a long tradition of Kremlin policies aimed at crushing Ukraine.

NATO Wants to Avoid Getting Dragged Into a War With Russia by Mistake (Bloomberg) Military commanders are speaking to their Russian counterparts to avoid misunderstandings as the fighting in Ukraine moves closer to NATO borders.

A no-fly zone over Ukraine? The case for NATO doing it. (Atlantic Council) The West stands at the crossroads. It’s time to act by establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

A no-fly zone over Ukraine? The case against NATO doing it. (Atlantic Council) Intervening beyond providing weapons to Ukraine’s military and food to the Ukrainian population would only make the nightmare worse.

A no-fly zone over Ukraine? The case for NATO helping in other ways. (Atlantic Council) There’s plenty NATO member states can do to protect civilians on the ground short of shooting down Russian aircraft.

White House: Biden to visit Poland on Europe trip this week (AP NEWS) President Joe Biden has added a stop in Poland to his trip this week to Europe for urgent talks with NATO and European allies, as Russian forces concentrate their fire upon cities and trapped civilians in a nearly month-old invasion of Ukraine.

Tensions rise as Germany fails to deliver weapons promised to Ukraine (The Telegraph) Berlin has supplied just one-fifth of missiles pledged in response to Russian invasion, with many held up by red tape

The False Promise of Arming Insurgents (Foreign Affairs) The lessons of America’s checkered Cold War record.

Intel Sharing Between U.S. and Ukraine ‘Revolutionary’ Says DIA Director (USNI News) The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency described the sharing of information and intelligence between the United States and the Ukrainians as “revolutionary in terms of what we can do” at a Thursday congressional hearing. Army Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier told the House Armed Services subcommittee on intelligence that he could go into greater detail …

Should Israel arm Ukraine? Israeli generals speak out | Opinion (Haaretz) Amid rising calls to send military aid, despite Israel’s unbending policy of refusal, here are Israel’s top defense experts on whether Israel can risk arming Kyiv, how to deal with the fallout from Russia, and what is really at stake

Subtle shift in China’s view on Ukraine war as state media moves away from Russian narrative (The Telegraph) Beijing has until recently refrained from accusing Moscow of an invasion, but it has now begun to show footage of attacks on civilians

Opinion: China is complicit in Russia’s war on Ukraine (Washington Post) The Chinese Communist Party has a long list of sins, including the systematic repression of basic human rights, industrial espionage, the use of slave labor and genocide. Now, the CCP’s complicity in the atrocities Russia is committing in Ukraine can be added to that list.

Biden reaches out to China’s Xi on Ukraine (Washington Post) In a phone call between the leaders, Biden and the Xi discussed their different approaches to the Ukraine crisis.

Biden Warned Xi of ‘Consequences’ for Backing Russia in War (Bloomberg) Xi tells U.S. president China didn’t want Ukraine invasion. China has denied it’s considering support for Kremlin.

Joe Biden warns China not to send weapons for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine (The Telegraph) US threatens Beijing with ‘consequences’, but Xi Jinping refuses to condemn invasion and instead blames America for conflict

US wants to challenge China, now Biden needs Xi’s help to end Russia’s war (Newsweek) “I think major powers have to work together to get us out this crisis,” Huiyao Wang, president of the Center for China and Globalization, told Newsweek.

Biden tells Xi what happens if he backs Putin, but Taiwan still top issue (Newsweek) After the leaders’ call, a senior Biden administration official said that “China will make its own decisions” in the coming days and weeks.

Huawei may support Russia, other Chinese companies chose to remain silent (The BL)
On March 18, Voice of America reported that since Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, any are…

Cyber threats and the Ukraine conflict (Avast) Several new cyber threats have emerged from the Ukraine conflict, including ransomware, crypto scams that play on the turmoil, and calls for DDoS hacktivism.

Cyber ‘cold war’ rages online but Russia holds back on massive digital attacks (Times of Israel) Destructive global breaches have not yet materialized, observers say, as non-state actors and hacktivists engage in digital combat

Mar 13- Mar 19 Ukraine – Russia the silent cyber conflict (Security Affairs) This post provides a timeline of the events related to the Russia invasion of Ukraine from the cyber security perspective. Below is the timeline of the events related to the previous weeks: March 18 – China-linked threat actors are targeting the government of Ukraine Google’s TAG team revealed that China-linked APT groups are targeting Ukraine […]

Former CIA officer shows what a Russian cyberattack on the US would look like (Fox News) Former CIA officer Bryan Dean Wright previewed a hot war with Russia Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

EU and US agencies warn that Russia could attack satellite communications networks (Security Affairs) FBI, CISA, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) warn of possible threats to international satellite communication (SATCOM) networks. Satellite communication (SATCOM) networks are critical infrastructure for modern society, US and EU agencies warn of possible threats to them. Victor Zhora, Chief Digital Transformation Officer at the State Service of Special Communication and Information […]

Banks on alert for Russian reprisal cyberattacks on Swift (Ars Technica) Payments messaging system could be targeted as pinch point of global transactions network.

Activists are targeting Russians with open-source “protestware” (MIT Technology Review) At least one open-source software project has had malicious code added which aimed to wipe computers located in Russia and Belarus.

Cyber warfare gets real for satellite operators (SpaceNews) The U.S. government on March 17 advised satellite operators to put their guard up in the wake of a cyberattack that disrupted internet services in Europe provided by Viasat’s KA-SAT.

More Conti ransomware source code leaked on Twitter out of revenge (BleepingComputer) A Ukrainian security researcher has leaked newer malware source code from the Conti ransomware operation in revenge for the cybercriminals siding with Russia on the invasion of Ukraine.

Open Source Maintainer Sabotages Code to Wipe Russian, Belarusian Computers (Vice) The shortsighted protest has caused a massive uproar in the open source community.

Anonymous has unleashed a successful cyberwar to undermine Putin’s Ukraine invasion (Fortune) Anonymous has successfully infiltrated Russian state TV, leaked emails and files, and wiped out databases.

Anonymous leaked data stolen from Russian pipeline company Transneft (Security Affairs) Anonymous hacked Omega Company, the in-house R&D unit of Transneft, the Russian oil pipeline giant, and leaked stolen data. Anonymous collective claims it has hacked Omega Company, which is the in-house R&D unit of Transneft, the Russia-based state-controlled oil pipeline company. Transneft is the largest oil pipeline company in the world, the hacktivists have stolen […]

Fake donation pages promising help to Ukraine appear on Darknet (SecurityBrief Asia) Fraudulent donation pages promising aid to the Ukraine are appearing on the Darknet, according to Check Point Software.

Some Russians are breaking through Putin’s digital iron curtain — leading to fights with friends and family (Washington Post) Pro-government propaganda saturates TV, but on Russians’ social media feeds the truth about the war is still contested

On Russia’s VK, anti-war messages defy Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine censors (Newsweek) VKontakte is seeing a surge in pro-Kremlin rhetoric surrounding Ukraine, but also anti-war sentiment in common interest groups.

Slovakian creatives ‘hack’ Tinder to get Ukraine war news to Russians (The Drum) As the Kremlin tightens its control on the information Russians can access online, a group of Slovakian creatives are trying to get news past the wall of censorship via dating app Tinder.

Why Russia’s anti-war movement matters (Atlantic Council) While opinion polls consistently indicate strong Russian public support for Putin’s Ukraine War, the country’s anti-war movement also matters and may actually be larger than it at first appears.

Telegram Thrives Amid Russia’s Media Crackdown (Wall Street Journal) Russia’s campaign to restrict access to Twitter, Facebook and other sources of uncensored information on its invasion of Ukraine has skipped one crucial platform: the social media and chat app Telegram.

Analysis: Inside Russia, a campaign gathers steam against fifth columnists and life under the ‘Z’ (CNN) Look at Moscow through the lens of Russian state television, and everything seems to be going swimmingly for President Vladimir Putin.

How does a pro-Putin TV host defend the indefensible? (Telegraph) We spoke to Russian state TV host Evgeny Popov, whose prime-time talk show pumps out the Kremlin’s propagandist narrative to millions

Russian foreign minister praises Fox News coverage of war in Ukraine (the Guardian) Sergei Lavrov says only Fox is presenting an ‘alternative point of view’ rather than ‘information terrorism’

There’s no evidence Putin is using cryptocurrencies to dodge sanctions — and Russia’s too big for that anyway, crypto experts tell lawmakers (Markets Insider) “You can’t flip a switch overnight, and run a G-20 economy on cryptocurrency,” Michael Mosier, a deputy director at FinCEN, told a Senate committee.

Ferrari stripping Russian sponsor Kaspersky Lab from its Formula One cars (Fox Business) Ferrari’s Formula One team will not feature the logos of its sponsor Kaspersky Labs until further notice as the automaker assesses its relationship with the software security firm. Several governments are concerned that the company’s products could be hacked by Russian agents.

Do svidaniya, Kaspersky — goodbye (Computerworld) Can you trust a Russian company with your technology? Your security? No — not with Vladimir Putin calling the shots when push comes to shove.

Ukraine War Threatens to Cause a Global Food Crisis (New York Times) A critical share of the world’s food and fertilizer is stuck in Russia and Ukraine, sending global prices soaring and foreshadowing a rise in world hunger.

The Month Companies United Against Russia’s War (Wall Street Journal) The Ukraine invasion forced CEOs across the U.S. and Europe into crisis mode. They moved with unusual speed and a sense of collective action to evacuate employees, shut factories and rewrite the rules.

Australia Bans Aluminum Ore Exports to Russia (The Maritime Executive) The government of Australia has decided to ban the export of bauxite and alumina to Russia, dealing…

You’re barred, Putin! Russian leader no longer welcome at Dresden pub he frequented as young KGB officer (The Telegraph) Russian leader developed a taste for German beer when he was stationed in Dresden during the Cold War

Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

Iran’s very simplistic cyberattack makes them look pretty bad – cybersec experts (Jerusalem Post) An Iranian cyberattack on Monday evening was likely an attempt to harm the government’s reputation but was undermined by its simplicity.

Serpent, No Swiping! New Backdoor Targets French Entities with Unique Attack Chain (Proofpoint) Proofpoint identified a targeted attack leveraging an open-source package installer Chocolatey to deliver a backdoor.

New Backdoor Targets French Entities via Open-Source Package Installer (The Hacker News) Hackers use an open-source package installer to compromise French entities in the construction, real estate and government sectors with a new backdoor

Microsoft Investigating Claim of Breach by Extortion Gang (Vice) The LAPSUS$ group has previously compromised Nvidia and Samsung. Over the weekend the group published a screenshot that appeared to show access to internal Microsoft systems.

Hacking group that went after NVIDIA may have also attacked Microsoft (Windows Central) Well-known hacking group Lapsus$ claimed that it gained access to Microsoft’s internal systems, according to a recent report. Microsoft has confirmed that it is looking into the claim.

Microsoft Allegedly Breached by LAPSUS Group (Cyber Kendra) Hacker group Lapsus has allegedly breached Microsoft’s DevOps accounts.

Lapsus$ gang sends a worrying message to would-be criminals (Register) Hitting big targets, untouchable, technically proficient. Who will it inspire next?

Hackers Target Bank Networks with new Rootkit to Steal Money from ATM Machines (The Hacker News) Hackers have been spotted deploying a new rootkit targeting Oracle Solaris systems at Banks in an attempt to compromise Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)

Russian hackers’ Cyclops Blink botnet targets Asus routers around the world (Android Police) Don’t get hijacked by Voodoo Bear

US Critical Infrastructure Targeted by AvosLocker Ransomware (SecurityWeek) New cybersecurity advisory warns organizations in the US about attacks involving the AvosLocker ransomware, which has been used to target critical infrastructure sectors.

DirtyMoe Worming Malware is Targeting Hundreds of Thousands Devices Per Day (CySecurity News) Victims using unpatched systems or weak passwords are at high risk.

Gh0stCringe RAT Targeting Database Servers in Recent Attacks (SecurityWeek) Security researchers have identified a series of recent Gh0stCringe RAT attacks that target MS-SQL and MySQL database servers for credential harvesting and data exfiltration.

How We Discovered Vulnerabilities in CI/CD Pipelines of Popular Open-Source Projects (Cycode) Cycode discovered critical vulnerabilities in several popular open-source projects, each of which can cause a supply-chain attack through the CI process.

30% of Log4j instances still remain vulnerable, with open source apps a major hurdle (SC Magazine) Security researchers point out that many serious vulnerabilities are never fully removed from the internet.

NFT scams: what are the most common modalities and how to protect yourself from them – OI Canadian (OI Canadian) To avoid cyber scams, ESET recommended to be vigilant and distrust anything that is too good to be true. Non-Fungible Tokens, better known as NFT (for its acronym in English), are becoming more and more important: In 2020, the NFT market grew by almost 300% compared to 2019, and NFT operations currently exceed USD 300

Is ‘The Great Resignation’ encouraging more cyber-threats? (theHRDIRECTOR) While the Great Resignation has been a game changer for companies in all industries, for businesses in the recruitment and HR industry, it has been a seismic – and in some ways positive – change. But, one troubling aspect that has flown under the radar is the cybersecurity implications. For businesses in the recruitment industry, the wave of employee churn has been a boon – but every silver lining has its cloud, and it looks like the explosion in job-seekers is catching the attention of cybercriminals and, in particular, bot operators.

Your co-workers have probably been involved in a data breach (TechRadar) Using personal devices at work is still a big security no-no

TransUnion cyber attack – hackers demand R225 million ransom (Business Tech) TransUnion South Africa, is currently in an ongoing battle with a hacker group that is demanding a $15 million (R225 million) ransom over four terabytes of compromised data.

TransUnion Confirms Data Breach at South Africa Business (SecurityWeek) TransUnion has confirmed a data breach at its South Africa business, but the credit reporting agency says it will not pay the ransom demanded by the cybercriminals.

UPDATE | TransUnion believes breach of 54 million SA records unrelated to current hack (Fin24) TransUnion believes claims by its alleged hackers that 54 million South African records were compromised are actually from an old incident that doesn’t involve the company, and has nothing to do with the current attack.

Banks move to protect consumers in wake of TransUnion cyberattack (TechCentral) Following the cyberattack on credit bureau TransUnion, banking risk centre Sabric has said it is working with banks to protect consumers.

Wheeling Health Right victim of a cyberattack (WTRF) Wheeling Health Right announced in a press release on March 18 that the organization was victimized by a highly-sophisticated cyber attack that resulted in unauthoriz…

Emsisoft releases free decryptor for the victims of the Diavol ransomware (Security Affairs) Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft released a free decryptor that allows the victims of the Diavol ransomware to recover their files without paying a ransom. Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft has released a free decryption tool to help Diavol ransomware victims recover their files without paying a ransom. In January, the FBI officially linked the Diavol ransomware operation to the infamous TrickBot […]

NRA finally admits it was hacked by a ransomware group in 2021 (Mashable) It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving group.

Massachusetts Dairy Firm Resumes Plant Operations After Cyber Attack (Insurance Journal) Most HP Hood LLC plants are back up and running after the dairy company’s network system was the victim of a “cyber security event,” but some school

Most Hood plants up after cyber ‘event,’ schools concerned (AP NEWS) Most HP Hood LLC plants are back up and running after the dairy company’s network system was the victim of a “cyber security event,” but some school districts are concerned that they will have a milk shortage as a result.

5 online scam red flags – signs you’re dealing with scammers (SecurityBrief Asia) No matter who the victim is or how sophisticated the scheme may be, there is always a way to sniff out fraud before it’s too late.

Security Patches, Mitigations, and Software Updates

High-Severity Vulnerabilities Patched in BIND Server (SecurityWeek) ISC patches vulnerabilities in BIND that could be exploited remotely to cause a denial-of-service (DOS) problems.

Google’s Android app will finally let you delete the last 15 minutes of your search history (The Verge) The long-awaited feature seems to be rolling out.

GCSB urges key businesses to expect cyber attacks, protect supply chains (RNZ) The GCSB is urging the country’s critical businesses to stay alert in the face of increasing cyber threats.

Spear-phishing attacks on the rise, with risk to small businesses (SecurityBrief New Zealand) According to a new report by Barracuda, Spear-phishing attacks are evolving and becoming significantly more common.

Marketplace

ForAllSecure Raises $21 Million to Secure the World’s Software (PR Newswire) ForAllSecure, the world’s most advanced application security testing technology, today announced it has raised $21 million in a series B…

TA to invest in Veracode (PE Hub) TA Associates has agreed to make a significant investment in Veracode, a provider of application security solutions.

After struggling to find funding, Albuquerque cybersecurity startup Proof Labs pivots (Albuquerque Business Journal) Sometimes, a startup kicks off with a bit of turbulence. But in the case of Proof Labs, a newfound cybersecurity technologies startup in Albuquerque, the ride has smoothed out.

NSI Global acquires Geopolitical Intelligence Group (PR Newswire APAC) Today, NSI Global Counter Intelligence (NSI) announced it has acquired Geopolitical Intelligence Group (GIG), a leading geopolitical risk advisory firm, previously established in Canberra, Australia. The amalgamation will enable NSI and GIG to deliver an expanded suite of services for corporate risk teams, corporations, and governments who aim to mitigate, manage, and understand geopolitical threats from across the globe.

Fresche Fills Security Gap with Trinity Guard (IT Jungle) We live in a world full of security threats. Black hat hackers – some working for themselves and some working for the governments of China and Russia – are constantly probing the Internet, looking for weak links in the information supply chain. With its acquisition of Trinity Guard, Fresche Solutions is determined to prevent your

Why Google’s acquisition of Mandiant may change cloud and cyber security (Cyber Security Hub) Google says the deal will help Google Cloud customer stay protected and extend the offering in five key areas

Palo Alto Networks Stock Is a Way to Play the Cybersecurity Boom (Barron’s) Palo Alto Networks is gaining market share and has strong cash flow.

Cybersecurity companies seen entering a ‘golden age’ for network protection (SeekingAlpha) The opportunities for cybersecurity companies to grow their businesses are reaching levels not seen in years. Read more.

Radware Expands its Partnership with Presidio – News Azi (News Azi) Radware® (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, today announced it signed a multi-year agreement to expand its partnership with Presidio, Inc, a global digital services and solutions provider that accelerates business transformation through security technology modernization. To protect […]

Sophos’ data centre begins operations in India (The HinduBusinessline) This is the third centre for Sophos in the Asia-Pacific and Japan after Australia and Japan.

Perimeter 81 hires Gily Netzer as VP of Marketing (Help Net Security) Perimeter 81 announced the appointment of Gily Netzer as VP Marketing to help fuel the next level of growth for the company.

EY nabs AustCyber CEO Michelle Price (iTnews) For Oceania cyber security partner role.

Changing of the Guard at AustCyber (Australian Cyber Security Magazine) AustCyber has announced its CEO of four years, Michelle Price, will be leaving the company to take up an appointment as Partner at EY.

Products, Services, and Solutions

AwareGO integrates with Microsoft Teams to improve cybersecurity awareness in the workplace (Help Net Security) AwareGO announced its training solutions now integrates with Microsoft Teams helping organizations suffering from email fatigue.

After retiring Bitdefender Free, Bitdefender launches Antivirus Free for Windows – gHacks Tech News (gHacks Technology News) Security company Bitdefender announced last year that it would retire Bitdefender Free at the end of 2021. Now, three months later, the company launched a new free product, called Bitdefender Antivirus Free.

Titaniam Announces Completion of Product Suite to Push Back (MarTech Series) Titaniam, Inc., the industry’s most advanced data protection and cyber immunity platform, today announced its full product offering, the Titaniam Suite.

Resistant AI and ComplyAdvantage Join Forces Amid New Global Sanctions (PRWeb) To better address the tougher compliance rules resulting from recently extended sanctions and resulting increase in money laundering activity,

BlackBerry and Samsung: A Better Way to Respond to Critical Events and Protect Your People (BlackBerry) Today every organization must be prepared to manage critical events, including operational disruptions, infrastructure outages, natural disasters, and pandemics. BlackBerry and Samsung, veterans of keeping critical information flowing and secure, have partnered to to deliver the BlackBerry® comprehensive CEM solution using rugged Samsung Galaxy® devices.

Technologies, Techniques, and Standards

Why Small Cybersecurity Decisions Can Expose Companies to Cyberattacks (Wall Street Journal) Too often, corporate leaders fail to consider the potential consequences of minor decisions. They pay a high price.

How to Limit Who Can Contact You on Twitter (Wired) Lock down your account to tweet in peace or take the guardrails off to court controversy.

Research and Development

Quantum computing cybersecurity research gets $715k grant (Register) Yes, the ones that don’t exist yet

Academia

This Queens high school is one of 12 across the country that will have a combined cybersecurity and JROTC program. (Chalkbeat New York) The school is one of 12 across the country to combine JROTC and cybersecurity, to set students up for cybersecurity careers as the sector sees a worker shortage.

Russian cyber threats to universities prompts action by FSU (FSU News) A particular threatening target is Universities where serious implications may be imposed upon students and university members.

Legislation, Policy, and Regulation

China requires Microsoft’s Bing to suspend auto-suggest feature (Reuters) Microsoft Corp’s Bing, the only major foreign search engine available in China, said a “relevant government agency” has required it to suspend its auto-suggest function in China for seven days.

Singapore: Cyber Security Agency advises businesses to strengthen cybersecurity posture against cyberattacks (Global Compliance News) The Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT), set up by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore to facilitate the detection, resolution and prevention of cybersecurity-related incidents on the internet, has issued a list of measures that organisations should adopt to ensure proper cyber hygiene controls are in place and operating correctly. SingCERT’s advisory is issued on the basis of warnings of increased cyber threats globally arising from the recent cyberattacks on Ukraine and the developments in the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Japan launches new cyber defense command to counter threat from neighboring countries (Japan News) The Defense Ministry has launched a cyber defense command by reorganizing related units of the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces. The move is aimed at strengthening its ability to cope with rapidly growing cyber threats from China, North Korea and Russia.

House panel calls for manpower push to boost cybersecurity (Hindustan Times) The House panel, in its report, noted that budget constraints have caused the ministry to upgrade its infrastructure in a phased manner

Forget Cyberwar: We Need Cybersecurity First (The National Interest) Cybersecurity is not about who can do the flashiest hacks but about how to keep our networks safe.

Commentary: To strengthen American cybersecurity, we need clear incident reporting rules (Fortune) The Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act certainly has good intentions but its incident reporting requirements are too vague.

Biden Administration Considers Splitting NSA, CYBERCOM (Air Force Magazine) Gen. Paul M. Nakasone currently serves as head of CYBERCOM and director of the NSA. The new administration is considering a change to that.

DoD official: Keeping Cyber Command, NSA leadership together will be ‘looked at’ (The Record by Recorded Future) A senior Pentagon official on Thursday said the Biden administration will review the joint leadership structure that has long governed U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.

New centre launched to combat cyber crime (Defence Connect) A new cyber-crime detection and law enforcement hub has been established by the Commonwealth government.   ​​Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews has announced the opening of the Joint Policin

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Major government surveillance revelations fail to make a big splash (TheHill) Multiple covert government surveillance operations hoovering up Americans’ information without oversight have been exposed in the last year. Those not following closely may not have noticed.

Australian watchdog sues Facebook-owner Meta over scam advertisements (Reuters) Australia’s competition watchdog filed a lawsuit against Facebook owner Meta Platforms on Friday, alleging the social media giant failed to prevent scammers using its platform to promote fake ads featuring well-known people.

Pegasus was offered to Bengal police for Rs 25 cr: Mamata Banerjee (Prag News) Banerjee claimed she declined the offer because the spyware could have been used for political purposes, targeting judges and officials, which she found unacceptable.

Hunter Biden Paid Tax Bill, but Broad Federal Investigation Continues (New York Times) The Justice Department inquiry into the business dealings of the president’s son has remained active, with a grand jury seeking information about payments from around the world.

Sen. Johnson blasts NY Times, former intel experts over Hunter Biden laptop (New York Post) Sen. Ron Johnson said people should be “outraged” at the New York Times, demanding apologies from the 51 former US intelligence experts who cast doubt on The Post’s report on Hunt…

Amici for freedom and the fate of free speech | Opinion (Newsweek) What will be the fate of free speech in the United States? The answer is coming soon from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Spies who lie: 51 ‘intelligence’ experts refuse to apologize for discrediting true Hunter Biden story (New York Post) The 51 former “intelligence” officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president.

Ex-Apple Worker Accused Of Defrauding Tech Giant Out Of Millions (CBS Local San Francisco) A former Apple employee is facing federal charges after he allegedly defrauded the tech giant out of millions of dollars over the span of several years, prosecutors said.



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