TechLetters #84 - Cyber vs Lithuania. Politician sacked for cyberattack on Norwegian parliament. Starlink as critical infrastructure. Geneva filled with spies?
Cyberattack on Lithuanian systems, including government ones. Alleged Russian (non-government?) response to a railway blockade to Königsberg. It seems to be a non-event with little to no impact. Also the reckless tweet by Lithuanian ministry of defence vice-minister who said that there’s a war between Russia and the West (there is not):
Google/Cloud is automating Security Operations Centers? Out of existence? Well, not quite. While automating common markers (ATT&CK) of cyber operations is impressive, field-task operators remain crucial in many cases. Especially against resourced adversaries.
One of the largest US book publishers Macmillan infected. With ransomware. IT systems down, offices closed.
British army social media accounts hijacked. To popularise NFTs…
Data breach = politician is out. The Secretary General of the Norwegian parliament resigned after the parliament was hacked by Russia and the Norwegian data protection authority fined the parliament got a $205,000 #GDPR fine for negligence
Starlink now became part of critical infrastructure. Who knows, where this leads. That depends on their perspectives. We shall see.
Cyber in conflicts, and more. Report of Swiss intelligence service. "In conflicts in general and in warfare in particular, cyber activities are always to be expected. Cyber espionage for the purposes of carrying out reconnaissance of the opposing party is an integral part of the capabilities of any relevant power." "Non-state actors, especially technology companies, are playing an increasing role in modern conflicts. Elon Musk provided Ukraine with 10,000 terminals for accessing Starlink satellites. Microsoft have been working closely with the Ukrainian government and cyber security". "New technologies such as mRNA vaccines make it possible to prepare a biological attack in such a way that one's own side receives adequate protection in advance. This applies not just to people but also, for example, to the agriculture sector."
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