Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’

Nicolas Chaillan served as the US Air Force’s software chief and worked on Pentagon security. He quit in September and told the Financial Times last week that the US was far behind China on AI. “We have no competing fighting chance against China in fifteen to twenty years,” he said. A senior cybersecurity official at the PentagonContinue reading “A Pentagon official said he resigned because US cybersecurity is no match for China, calling it ‘kindergarten level’”

Russian hackers target aid groups in new cyber-attack, says Microsoft

Microsoft says another wave of Russian cyber-attacks has targeted government agencies and human rights groups in 24 countries, most in the US. It said about 3,000 email accounts at more than 150 different organisations had been attacked this week. The group responsible was the same one that carried out last year’s SolarWinds attacks, which Russia’sContinue reading “Russian hackers target aid groups in new cyber-attack, says Microsoft”

SolarWinds hack was ‘largest and most sophisticated attack’ ever: Microsoft president

A hacking campaign that used a U.S. tech company as a springboard to compromise a raft of U.S. government agencies is “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen,” Microsoft Corp President Brad Smith said. The operation, which was identified in December and that the U.S. government has said was likely orchestratedContinue reading “SolarWinds hack was ‘largest and most sophisticated attack’ ever: Microsoft president”

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