London-based TurgenSec says that the Philippines' Office of the Solicitor General left about 345,000 documents exposed to the Internet, GMA New Online reports. Philippine authorities are investigating.
The AP says that the number of surveillance warrants issued in the US under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) fell off sharply during 2020. A report on FISA surveillance issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence attributes the decline in large part to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York Times reports that the report listed just four-hundred-fifty-one targets of wiretaps and search warrants under FISA last year.
The Babuk ransomware gang says, according to the Record, that it intends to give up ransomware attacks after its current caper directed against the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police. This is not due to an attack of conscience, however, nor to any newfound sense of public spirit or civility. It's just that Babuk has found it easier to simply steal documents and extort money by threatening their release. Thus online extortion, which began by encrypted data to deny them to their owners and moved to a double extortion by not only encrypting information but also threatening to make it public, may be moving into a third, doxing-only, stage. In any case paying ransom may make less sense than ever. Forbes reports that 92% of victims who pay don't get their files back.
The Washington Post reports that the US Justice Department has begun a 120-day review of its cybersecurity policies.