New York Times: Lithuania blames Russia for cyberattacks, citing threats over cargo restrictions.

New York Times: Lithuania blames Russia for cyberattacks, citing threats over cargo restrictions.. “Just days after Moscow threatened retaliation against Lithuania for placing restrictions on cargo traffic to the isolated Russian territory of Kaliningrad, computer hackers ‘linked to the Russian state’ attacked dozens of Lithuanian government and private organizations, the Baltic nation’s deputy defense minister said.”

The Verge: Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

The Verge: Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS. “A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates earlier findings from security research group Lookout, which has linked the spyware, dubbed Hermit, to Italian spyware vendor RCS Labs.”

WIRED: Google Warns of New Spyware Targeting iOS and Android Users

WIRED: Google Warns of New Spyware Targeting iOS and Android Users. “IN HEARINGS THIS week, the notorious spyware vendor NSO group told European legislators that at least five EU countries have used its powerful Pegasus surveillance malware. But as ever more comes to light about the reality of how NSO’s products have been abused around the world, researchers are also working to raise awareness that the surveillance-for-hire industry goes far beyond one company.”

Report: China-linked Twitter harassment targets female Asian journalists outside China (Axios)

Axios: Report: China-linked Twitter harassment targets female Asian journalists outside China. “A network of Twitter accounts previously linked to the Chinese government is targeting female journalists of Chinese heritage who work for western news outlets in a campaign of online harassment, according to a new report…. The campaign appears to be part of the Chinese government’s efforts to silence criticism of Beijing abroad through coercion, intimidation, and retaliation.”

US: Chinese govt hackers breached telcos to snoop on network traffic (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: US: Chinese govt hackers breached telcos to snoop on network traffic. “Several US federal agencies today revealed that Chinese-backed threat actors have targeted and compromised major telecommunications companies and network service providers to steal credentials and harvest data. As the NSA, CISA, and the FBI said in a joint cybersecurity advisory published on Tuesday, Chinese hacking groups have exploited publicly known vulnerabilities to breach anything from unpatched small office/home office (SOHO) routers to medium and even large enterprise networks.”

Bleeping Computer: Hackers stole data undetected from US, European orgs since 2019

Bleeping Computer: Hackers stole data undetected from US, European orgs since 2019. “The Chinese hacking group known as ‘Winnti’ has been stealthily stealing intellectual property assets like patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other corporate data – all while remaining undetected by researchers and targets since 2019. Winnti, also tracked as APT41, is an advanced and elusive cyber-espionage group that is believed to be backed by the Chinese state and operates on behalf of its national interests.”

Google: Chinese state hackers keep targeting Russian govt agencies (Bleeping Computer)

Bleeping Computer: Google: Chinese state hackers keep targeting Russian govt agencies. “Google said today that a Chinese-sponsored hacking group linked to China’s People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force (PLA SSF) is targeting Russian government agencies. The company’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG), a team of security experts that acts as a defense force for Google users from state-sponsored attacks, added in a report focused on Eastern Europe cyber activity that the APT group has also successfully breached several Russian companies.”

Radio Free Asia: Vietnam ‘opinion workers’ push Russian fake news on Ukraine on social media

Radio Free Asia: Vietnam ‘opinion workers’ push Russian fake news on Ukraine on social media. “Facebook groups like ‘Đơn vị Tác chiến Mạng’ (Cyber CombatUnit), ‘Truy quét Phản động’ (Elimination of Reactionary Forces), ‘Bộ Tự lệnh Tác chiến’ (Combat Command), and ‘Trung đoàn 47’ (Regiment 47) that have worked to counter criticism of the Communist Party all now post information in favor of Russia.”

The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The New Yorker: How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens. “Commercial spyware has grown into an industry estimated to be worth twelve billion dollars. It is largely unregulated and increasingly controversial. In recent years, investigations by the Citizen Lab and Amnesty International have revealed the presence of Pegasus on the phones of politicians, activists, and dissidents under repressive regimes. An analysis by Forensic Architecture, a research group at the University of London, has linked Pegasus to three hundred acts of physical violence.”

Axios: DOJ charges three Russians running ‘disinformation network’

Axios: DOJ charges three Russians running ‘disinformation network’. “A prominent Russian legislator and two of his aides have been charged with running a disinformation campaign targeting U.S. citizens, including lawmakers, for several years, the Department of Justice announced Thursday…. Aleksandr Babakov, 59, and two staffers allegedly operated an ‘international foreign influence and disinformation network to advance the interests of Russia,’ between 2012 and 2017, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court.”

Understanding Global Disinformation and Information Operations: Insights from ASPI’s new analytic website (Australian Strategic Policy Institute)

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI): Understanding Global Disinformation and Information Operations: Insights from ASPI’s new analytic website. “ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre has launched the Understanding Global Disinformation and Information Operations website alongside this companion paper. The site provides a visual breakdown of the publically-available data from state-linked information operations on social media.”