The Russo-American summit between Presidents Putin and Biden concluded yesterday after three hours of face-to-face talks. Reuters calls them "professional" as opposed to "friendly," with some expressions of a willingness to pursue matters of arms control and cybersecurity going forward. Computing reports that President Biden said that critical infrastructure should be off-limits to cyberattack, and made reference to US retaliatory capabilities. (Forbes reads the US position directly promising retaliation in kind to future Russian cyberattacks.) Recent ransomware attacks came up, the New York Times writes (characterizing the two countries as remaining "profoundly divided' on this and other matters) with President Biden requesting an explanation and President Putin denying any Russian involvement.
A report by Kaspersky Labs details a six-year record of domestic surveillance by an Iranian APT, "Ferocious Kitten." As suggestive as the circumstantial evidence may be, Kaspersky doesn't explicitly attribute the operations to Iran's government, but, CyberScoop reports, FireEye does.
Proofpoint discerns a trend among ransomware gangs: they're relying less upon phishing and more on the services of initial access brokers to obtain a foothold in victims' networks.
Ukrainian police have arrested six alleged members of the Clop ransomware gang. The Record reports that law enforcement agencies from the Republic of Korea and the United States rendered assistance. The police seized not only servers, but a lot of cash and some gaudy luxury cars.
Akamai is working to resolve issues with its content delivery platform that have caused brief, intermittent outages in airline and financial services sites, CNN reports.