BetaNews: Australian political parties hit by hack orchestrated by ‘sophisticated state actor’

BetaNews: Australian political parties hit by hack orchestrated by ‘sophisticated state actor’. “Australia’s three main political parties — Liberals, Labor and Nationals — as well as the country’s parliament have all been hit by a security breach which Prime Minister Scott Morrison says was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”.”

CNN: Indian soldiers being ‘honey trapped’ by fake social media accounts from Pakistan

CNN: Indian soldiers being ‘honey trapped’ by fake social media accounts from Pakistan. “An Indian soldier has been ‘honey trapped’ into giving sensitive information to a fake Pakistani Facebook account, highlighting the widespread ‘catfishing’ problem facing India’s military. Sombir Singh, 22, was stationed near the India-Pakistan border when he struck up an intimate online relationship with an account he believed to be operated by an Indian army medical officer.”

Daniel Miessler: It Appears China is Building a Massive Espionage Database on America

Daniel Miessler: It Appears China is Building a Massive Espionage Database on America. “I’ve mentioned this in numerous places for the last few years, so I decided it was time to finally put it into a formal piece. It seems obvious at this point that China is building a massive database of information on American individuals and companies, which they can then use for various purposes—including espionage, intellectual property theft, extortion, and other types of coercion.”

Public Broadcasting of Latvia: First batch of Latvia’s KGB archives published online

Public Broadcasting of Latvia: First batch of Latvia’s KGB archives published online. “Accessible by providing the Latvian equivalent of a social security number, it seems that in reality only the email address has to be a valid one to register for access as LSM was able to register with fake credentials. According to Latvia’s state bulletin, the index spans some 4,300 out of about 25,000 KGB agents active in the period from 1953 to 1991, but it mostly concerns agents active in the late 1980s.”

TechCrunch: Supermicro says investigation firm found no spy chips

TechCrunch: Supermicro says investigation firm found no spy chips. “Supermicro has sent a letter to its customers saying that it has found no evidence of malicious chips on its motherboards. The company asked third-party company Nardello & Co. to audit Supermicro’s hardware. On October 4, a Bloomberg report claimed that China’s spies managed to conceal tiny malicious chips on Supermicro motherboards. Those chips would then end up in data centers operated by Supermicro customers, such as Amazon and Apple.”

CNET: Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers

CNET: Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers. “Russian hackers have a new tool up their sleeve to gain access to sensitive computers without getting caught, cybersecurity experts say. And they’re using it to target US and European government entities, as well as a former territory of the Soviet Union.”