At a glance.
- Albania's national IT networks continue to work toward recovery.
- Malicious apps ejected from Google Play.
- SVR cyberespionage exploits penetration-testing tools.
- Shaking up Ukraine's intelligence services.
- US Justice Department seizes $500k from DPRK threat actors.
- FBI warns of apps designed to defraud cryptocurrency speculators.
Albania's national IT networks continue to work toward recovery.
The Register follows developments in the large-scale disruption of Albanian networks that began over the weekend. The e-Albania portal has been particularly disrupted by the attacks, and that disruption has been especially painful given Albania's closure of many in-person services back in May, judging the new online service platform to have rendered the older services redundant and unnecessary. The disruption offers an object lesson in the importance of redundancy and the availability of manual backups to provide continuity of service during emergencies.
There's no attribution of the attacks so far, but the Register, on the basis of a little circumstantial evidence and a lot of a priori possibility, suggests that there may be a Russian hand behind them.