The Russo-American virtual summit is in progress, with the threat of Russian military action against Ukraine the principal topic under discussion. The Guardian reports that Latvia's foreign minister has warned NATO to prepare a swift response should Russia invade Ukraine: forward deployment of troops, cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Europe, and the stiffest available economic sanctions. According to the Record, a senior unnamed administration official yesterday said that a Russian offensive might well be a cyber as opposed to a kinetic campaign. The principal US leverage appears to be economic as opposed to military; Bloomberg reviews the range of sanctions available. The New York Times is running live updates on the meeting as details become available.
Russian government activity in cyberspace retains, as Mandiant reported yesterday, the high tempo it reached during the SolarWinds compromise. Kremlin toleration and (arguably) encouragement of ransomware gangs is increasingly an open secret. The New York Times says that extortion payments are passing through Federation Tower East, the tallest building in Moscow and the choicest business address in the city's financial district. Official toleration of cybercrime is expected to come up at today's summit.
Microsoft has seized, pursuant to a court order the company obtained, websites operated by the Chinese government threat actor Redmond calls "Nickel" and others APT15.
This just in, yesterday from the Wall Street Journal: whoever Satoshi Nakamoto is or was, it's not these two guys, at least according to a Florida jury in a civil case.