Sentinel Labs attributes the cyberattacks Russia's FSB and other organizations in that country sustained to China. The espionage group ThunderCats gets the credit, Sentinel Labs reports, and it bases its conclusions on what it regards as decisive code similarities to campaigns the APT has earlier used against targets in Southeast Asia.
US President Biden this morning issued an Executive Order that effectively rescinds his predecessor's bans of WeChat and TikTok. The new Executive Order, "Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries," revokes President Trump's Executive Order 13942 of August 6, 2020 ("Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok, and Taking Additional Steps To Address the National Emergency With Respect to the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain"), Executive Order 13943 of August 6, 2020 ("Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat, and Taking Additional Steps To Address the National Emergency With Respect to the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain"); and Executive Order 13971 of January 5, 2021 ("Addressing the Threat Posed by Applications and Other Software Developed or Controlled by Chinese Companies"). While acknowledging an ongoing emergency, the new Executive Order directs engagement, security reviews, and data protection instead of outright bans.
Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, and Microsoft addressed forty-nine issues, five of them rated “critical,” the rest assessed as “important.”
Reuters confirms that Fastly has attributed the widespread brief outages that problems with its servers induced among users to error: bugs caused the failures, not hackers, and service was largely restored in less than an hour.