Many security experts and analysts are applauding the U.S. for calling out China's cyber behavior, especially after the White House had focused so much attention on Russia's cyber activities. But some are calling for bolder action.
The leaking of an alleged target list of 50,000 individuals, tied to users of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, has prompted questions over the scale of such surveillance operations, if the use of commercial spyware gets sufficiently policed and whether the sale of spyware to certain countries should be blocked.
The Biden administration formally accused China's Ministry of State Security of conducting a series of attacks against vulnerable Microsoft Exchange servers earlier this year that affected thousands of organizations. This group is also accused of carrying out ransomware and other cyber operations.
The U.S. has indicted four Chinese nationals working with the nation's Ministry of State Security in connection with an alleged hacking campaign conducted from 2011 to 2018 that targeted universities and government entities to obtain trade secrets, medical research and other intellectual property.
The U.S and its allies formally accusing China of cyberattacks on Microsoft Exchange servers comes as no surprise because it's "indicative of the behavior of the administration in China for many years now," says Cybereason CSO Sam Curry.
A leak of 50,000 telephone numbers and email addresses led to the "Pegasus Project," a global media consortium's research effort that discovered how Pegasus spyware developed by NSO Group is being used in the wild.
A new exposé tracking how spyware has been used to target journalists and human rights advocates suggests attackers have been exploiting zero-day flaws in Apple applications and devices. Apple says the flaws, while serious, likely pose no risk to the vast majority of its users.
The Department of Commerce is restricting trade with four Russian IT and cybersecurity firms, along with two other entities, over concerns that these organizations pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Cyberattackers used spyware from the Israeli firm Candiru to target at least 100 human rights defenders, dissidents, journalists and others across 10 countries, according to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which tracks illegal hacking and surveillance.
The world is now focused on ransomware, perhaps more so than any previous cybersecurity threat in history. But if the viability of ransomware as a criminal business model should decline, expect those attackers to quickly embrace something else, such as illicitly mining for cryptocurrency.
The U.S. Department of State is now offering rewards of up to $10 million for information about cyberthreats to the nation's critical infrastructure. Meanwhile, the government has launched a StopRansomware website offering a central repository of resources.
Facebook's threat intelligence team says it has disrupted an Iranian advanced persistent threat group that was using the social network as part of an effort to spread malware and conduct cyberespionage operations, primarily in the U.S.
The FCC has finalized a $1.9 billion plan that will help smaller, rural telecommunications carriers pay to rip and replace technology from the Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE. The commission says using the gear poses a threat to U.S. national security.
Ransomware-wielding criminals continue to find innovative new ways to extort victims, develop technically and sidestep skills shortages by delivering ransomware as a service, said Robert Hannigan, the former head of U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, in his Infosecurity Europe 2021 virtual keynote speech.
Some security experts are questioning the findings of a recent report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank, that concludes China is 10 years behind the United States in "cyber capacity."