[TheRecord] Bipartisan bill would boost satellite cybersecurity

A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday introduced legislation that would require the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity branch to supply commercial satellite owners and operators with tools to better protect against hackers. The Satellite Cybersecurity Act from Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) would mandate that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) […]

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[TheRecord] Biden directs national security agencies to strengthen their digital defenses

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a national security memorandum aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of networks used in the country’s national defense, as the administration issues warnings of potential digital strikes by Russian hackers over the escalating crisis in Ukraine. The 17-page document specifies how the national security systems and networks utilized by the […]

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[TheRecord] Nigerian police arrest members of SilverTerrier BEC gang

Interpol said today that Nigerian authorities have detained 11 internet scammers, including members of the SilverTerrier cybercrime group. Authorities said the suspects engaged in Business Email Compromise (BEC), a type of internet crime where hackers use phishing emails or email account hacks to trick companies or government entities into making payments to the wrong bank accounts. […]

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[TheRecord] A top Ukrainian security official on defending the nation against cyber attacks

Editor’s Note: In November 2020, The Record published an interview between ​​Recorded Future expert threat intelligence analyst Dmitry Smilyanets and Serhii Demediuk, the Deputy Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council. In the wake of an escalating crisis between Ukraine and Russia, Demediuk agreed to a follow-up interview in which he discussed issues including […]

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[TheRecord] Ukraine investigates multiple intrusion vectors in last week’s website defacements, data wiper attacks

The Ukrainian government said on Monday that it is investigating multiple intrusion vectors that could have been used to carry out the cyber-attacks that hit its government agencies last week. The attacks, which took place last Friday, included an attempt to deface more than 70 Ukrainian government websites and the deployment of a data-wiper on some government systems, a […]

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[TheRecord] Europol takes down VPNLab, a service used by ransomware gangs

An international law enforcement operation has seized the servers of VPNLab.net, a virtual private network provider that advertised its services on the criminal underground and catered to various cybercrime groups, including ransomware gangs. Europol said it seized 15 servers operated by the VPNLab team in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, […]

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[TheRecord] Earth Lusca threat actor targets governments and cryptocurrency companies alike

Cybersecurity researchers said they discovered a Chinese cyber-espionage group that, besides spying on strategic targets, also dabbled in financially-motivated attacks for their own profits. Named Earth Lusca, the group has spent the past years spying on targets that could be considered of interest to the Chinese government, such as: Government institutions in Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, […]

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