Dissident hacktivists appear to have intensified their efforts against the government of President Lukashenka. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, Bloomberg reports, claim to have compromised a large number of official databases, including "lists of alleged police informants, personal information about top government officials and spies, video footage gathered from police drones and detention centers and secret recordings of phone calls from a government wiretapping system." They've released some of these publicly.
That data can be toxic, whatever government collects them, may be seen in the growing likelihood of Taliban exploitation of data seized from the wreckage of the former US-supported Afghan regime. POLITICO reports on the ongoing US effort to contain the damage.
Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 describes four rising ransomware operations: Hive, HelloKitty, LockBit 2.0, and AvosLocker. The gangs behind them run complex and effective extortion campaigns; Unit 42 expects them to become increasingly prevalent.
US President Biden has convened a meeting of industry leaders at the White House for discussions of ways of improving cybersecurity. According to the Washington Post, participants include the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and JPMorgan Chase, as well as CEOs from "major insurance, energy and water companies." Representatives of computer education not-for-profits are also attending. The meeting has been planned for a month, and Administration sources tell the Record that “You will definitely be seeing a set of concrete announcements.”