The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center yesterday released a report on "DEV-0343," an "activity cluster" Redmond connects to Iran. DEV-0343 has been conducting password-spraying attacks against more than two-hundred-fifty Office 365 tenants. Fewer than twenty of the attempts were successful. Targets included "US and Israeli defense technology companies, Persian Gulf ports of entry, or global maritime transportation."
Microsoft also disclosed that in August it successfully mitigated a distributed denial-of-service attack against an unnamed Azure customer. At 2.4 terabytes per second, the incident was, according to the Record, the biggest volumetric attack so far observed.
The BBC reports that the head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, speaking at Chatham House Cyber 2021, described Russian-tolerated criminal cybercrime, notably ransomware, as a threat to the security of British businesses.
The Nobel Committee Friday announced that two journalists, Maria Ressa (of the Rappler, in the Philippines), and Dmitry Muratov (of Novaya Gazeta, in Russia) would be awarded this year's Peace Prize. The Washington Post describes both journalists' critical engagement with their respective governments.
A Maryland couple have been charged with violations of the Atomic Energy Act. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe are said to have sold Restricted Data related to submarine nuclear propulsion systems to an FBI undercover operative they believed to be an agent of a "foreign power." Jonathan Toebbe is an engineer employed by the US Department of the Navy. The information was, the Baltimore Sun reports, contained in SD cards, which were then hidden in a Band-Aid wrapper or a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.