Ukraine at D+405: Soft power and cyberwar. (CyberWire) As people wait for the expected Ukrainian spring offensive, auxiliaries continue to squabble in cyberspace.
Russia-Ukraine war live: anyone supporting Moscow in conflict is an ‘accomplice’, Macron says during China visit (the Guardian) French president and EU leader in Beijing for meeting with Xi Jinping
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 406 (Al Jazeera) As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 406th day, we take a look at the main developments.
Ukraine-Russia war latest: Blasts heard in Russian-occupied Melitopol amid signs of counter-offensive (The Telegraph) Explosions have been heard in Russian-occupied Melitopol amid growing rumours that Ukraine is laying the groundwork for a counter-offensive.
New Weapons Aren’t Enough: The Challenges of Ukraine’s Coming Assault (New York Times) With powerful Western weapons, newly formed assault units and even a reconstituted Azov battalion, Ukraine is poised for a critical spring counteroffensive. But overcoming casualties and keeping war-weary troops motivated will be stern tests.
Zelensky visits neighboring Poland, as the two allies press West to keep up military support to Kyiv (CNN) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has crossed the border into Poland for his first formal visit to one of Kyiv's closest allies since Russia's invasion started in February 2022.
Zelenskyy visits Warsaw, against backdrop of angry Polish farmers (POLITICO) Ukraine’s leader will discuss issues including grain export tensions and sending more weapons to Kyiv.
France’s Macron visits China seeking breakthrough in Ukraine war (Al Jazeera) French president is expected to push Chinese counterpart Xi not to side with Russia while shoring up economic ties.
Additional U.S. Security Assistance for Ukraine - United States Department of State (United States Department of State) Pursuant to a delegation of authority from President Biden, I am authorizing our 35th drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine valued at $500 million. This military assistance package includes more ammunition for U.S.-provided HIMARS, air defense interceptors, and artillery rounds that Ukraine is using to defend itself, as well as anti-armor systems, small […]
Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing on Ukraine (U.S. Department of Defense) A senior defense official holds an on-background press briefing on Ukraine.
Large Quantity of Defensive Munitions Earmarked for Ukraine (U.S. Department of Defense) The United States and allies have been stepping up the production of munitions to keep Ukraine in the fight as the country tries to repel a Russian invasion and reclaim its territory from Russia, a
US to start training Ukrainians on Abrams tanks ‘relatively soon’ (The Hill) U.S. forces will start training Ukrainian troops on M1A1 Abrams tanks “relatively soon,” a senior defense official told reporters on Tuesday. They said training has not yet begun as military offic…
Russians tricking Ukrainian pilots into death traps (The Telegraph) Aces say they need Western aircraft to combat superior Russian jets
Finland's Accession to NATO Strengthens Alliance Security (U.S. Department of Defense) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the new member when Finland's flag was raised alongside those of the 30 other nations in the alliance during a ceremony at NATO headquarters in
Statement From Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Finland's Accession to NATO (U.S. Department of Defense) Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued a statement on Finland's acccession to NATO.
Why Neutrality Is Obsolete in the 21st Century (Foreign Policy) As Finland joins NATO, a few European holdouts cling to nonalignment.
NATO treads fine line on Ukraine membership (POLITICO) Even some of Kyiv’s closest partners in the alliance are hesitant.
Putin has broken one of the last taboos in a naked ploy for leverage (The Telegraph) Throwing foreign reporters in jail rather than out of the country has been unheard of since the Cold War and should set alarm bells ringing
US journalist arrested in Moscow meets his lawyers for first time (the Guardian) Evan Gershkovich in good health five days after his arrest on spying charges, according to his editor-in-chief
Watch: Germany's grovelling apology to Zelensky for weapons delays (The Telegraph) Robert Habeck, who is Olaf Scholz’s deputy, apologises to Volodymyr Zelensky in a surprise visit to Kyiv
Pressuring Ukraine into a premature peace would only encourage Putin (Atlantic Council) Efforts to pressure Ukraine into accepting a land-for-peace deal in order to end the war misunderstand Putin's imperial ambitions and will only encourage further Russian aggression, writes Andriy Zagorodnyuk.
Ukraine war: Who are Russia's war bloggers and why are they popular? (BBC News) Vladlen Tatarsky, killed in a cafe blast, was one of Russia's "war correspondents". But who are they?
Former Putin Speechwriter Gallyamov Accused Of Discrediting Russian Armed Forces (RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty) A self-exiled former speechwriter of Putin, Abbas Gallyamov, whose name appeared in Russia's online registry of wanted persons last week, is suspected of discrediting Russia's armed forces, a charge Russian authorities have been using to stifle any criticism of Moscow's war in Ukraine.
Russian hackers attack German ministry’s website (TVP World) The webpage was to promote Berlin’s involvement in the reconstruction of Ukraine.
Zimbra Flaw Exploited by Russia Against NATO Countries Added to CISA 'Must Patch' List (SecurityWeek) CISA has added to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog a Zimbra vulnerability exploited in attacks targeting NATO countries
Zimbra vulnerability exploited by Russian hackers targeting Nato countries - CISA (Tech Monitor) A flaw in the popular Zimbra email client is being actively exploited, the US cybersecurity agency CISA says.
CISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency CISA) CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog based on evidence of active exploitation.
CVE-2022-27926 Zimbra Collaboration (ZCS) Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability
NVD - CVE-2022-27926 (National Vulnerability Database) A reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the /public/launchNewWindow.jsp component of Zimbra Collaboration (aka ZCS) 9.0 allows unauthenticated attackers to execute arbitrary web script or HTML via request parameters.
The Interview - Russian cyber weapons 'could do a lot of damage' in the US: Former counterterrorism czar (France 24) In an interview with FRANCE 24 in New York, former US counterterrorism czar Richard Alan Clarke described the main threats facing the United States' cyberspace and warned that Russia's cyber weapons…
Biden cybersecurity chief 'surprised' Russia has not hit US targets amid Ukraine war (Washington Examiner) The country's top cybersecurity official is "surprised" Russia has not targeted critical infrastructure in the United States as President Joe Biden coordinates an international effort against Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.
Ukrainian Cyber War Confirms the Lesson: Cyber Power Requires Soft Power (Council on Foreign Relations) Since the Russian invasion in February 2022, Ukraine has benefitted from a strong flow of technical assistance. That assistance was made possible by Ukraine’s reserves of soft power.
Russia's Wagner Group is a feature not a bug of the Putin regime (Atlantic Council) Russian private paramilitaries like the Wagner Group are a symptom of the institutionalized corruption at the heart of Putin’s regime and not just another instrument in Russia’s hybrid warfare toolbox, writes Allen Maggard.
Putin’s Götterdämmerung is fast approaching (The Telegraph) The Russian president knows he has to deal with his Wagner mercenaries – before they deal with him
Russian defector sheds light on Putin paranoia and his secret train network (the Guardian) Former security officer tells of president’s strict quarantine and says he has ‘lost touch with the world’
Antiwar Officer from Putin's Elite Security Team Defects (Military.com) Gleb Karakulov, an officer in Putin’s secretive personal security service, defected in October.
WSJ News Exclusive | Russia’s Aircraft Need Maintenance They Can No Longer Get (Wall Street Journal) Sanctions have cut off access to parts, software and technical skills needed for the key upkeep of hundreds of commercial jets, raising concerns over safety.
How to keep Western tech out of Russian weapons (Atlantic Council) The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center convened a panel of experts for a virtual event in March to discuss how to prevent the use of Western technologies in Russian weapons, reports Aleksander Cwalina.
Everybody in Washington wants the Ukrainian ambassador at their party (Washington Post) Oksana Markarova is hitting the town like her country depends on it
Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities
Hackers posed as reporters in attacks on North Korea experts, Google says (Record) Government-backed hackers allegedly connected to the North Korean military targeted people with expertise in North Korea policy issues by posing as journalists, according to a new report.
Rorschach – A New Sophisticated and Fast Ransomware (Check Point Research) Research by: Jiri Vinopal, Dennis Yarizadeh and Gil Gekker Key Findings: Introduction While responding to a ransomware case against a US-based company, the CPIRT recently came across a unique ransomware strain deployed using a signed component of a commercial security product. Unlike other ransomware cases, the threat actor did not hide behind any alias and appears […]
What You Need to Know About the Anonymous Sudan Hacker Group (CYE) The Anonymous Sudan hacking group has claimed responsibility for numerous recent cyberattacks. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself.
Massive 3CX Supply-Chain Hack Targeted Cryptocurrency Firms (WIRED) North Korean hackers appear to have used the corrupted VoIP software to go after just a handful of crypto firms with "surgical precision."
Hacker claims breach of US immigration services (Cybernews) A well known hacker claimed to have breached the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but the US agency now says those claims are false.
Alcohol recovery startups Monument and Tempest shared patients' private data with advertisers (TechCrunch) The two startups were sharing personal and sensitive health information with Facebook, Google and advertisers for years.
Vendor Data Breach Impacts At Least 9 Healthcare Organizations (Health IT Security) Multiple healthcare organizations have reported breaches tied to Adelanto HealthCare Ventures, a consulting company that suffered a phishing attack in 2021.
Travel visa delays after UK’s crime records office hit by cyber ‘incident’ (Yahoo Sports) Agency warns data sent to it such as ‘criminal conviction data’ could possibly have been affected
STYX Marketplace emerged in Dark Web focused on Financial Fraud (Security Affairs) Resecurity has recently identified the STYX Marketplace, a new cybercriminal e-commerce platform with a specialized focus on financial fraud and money laundering. The STYX marketplace was launched at the beginning of 2023. This platform is specifically designed to facilitate financial crime, providing cybercriminals with a range of services, including stolen financial data, credit card information, […]
Watch out for online scams and vulnerabilities this tax season (Washington Post) Taxpayers and tax agencies must keep their heads on a swivel for cyberthreats
How a Benchmark Test Uncover Vulnerabilities in Over 80,000 QNAP Devices (Sternum) Part of our work involves deploying Sternum runtime security solutions on various devices and platforms, for ongoing compatibility and performance testing, as well as security research. And so it happened that a few months ago we deployed our runtime protection on a QNAP TS-230 NAS device, to run a series of run-of-the-mill benchmark tests. Almost […]
Hackers Can Remotely Open Smart Garage Doors Across the World (Vice) A security researcher found a series of vulnerabilities with the Nexx brand of smart garage openers. He says he could remotely find garages to target, and then open them across the internet.
GCA and partners present a Global Elections Security Report (GCA | Global Cyber Alliance | Working to Eradicate Cyber Risk) The Global Elections Security Report presented in London today contains ten recommendations that are critical to ensuring election security.
Global Elections Security Report - GCA | Global Cyber Alliance | Working to Eradicate Cyber Risk (GCA | Global Cyber Alliance | Working to Eradicate Cyber Risk) The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), supported by CrowdStrike and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), launched a series of multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions, culminating in this report offering ten recommendations to improve the cybersecurity of elections with a whole-of-society approach.
New Bitdefender Survey Reveals Top Cybersecurity Challenges and Concerns for Businesses Globally (Bitdefender) Shockingly, Over 42% of IT and Security Professionals Surveyed Were Told to Keep a Breach Confidential When it Should be Reported
Bitdefender 2023 Cybersecurity Assessment (Bitdefender) The Bitdefender 2023 Cybersecurity Assessment was conducted through a third-party research firm to survey 400 IT professionals ranging in title from IT managers up to CISO in various industry sectors.
58% of organizations claim high or critical OT security risk levels (Security Magazine) OT security strategies are an increasing concern according to a recent survey of 200 C-level executives and directors in the U.S. and Canada.
Cybersecurity Venture Spending in Q1 23 Dipped to Lowest Level Since Q3 20 (Metacurity) The sharp drop followed two banner years of VC investments. One VC says despite fluctuations, the long term trend for VC cybersecurity spending is bullish.
Broad Pay Ranges Can Hamper Cybersecurity Hiring (Wall Street Journal) State and local laws were intended in part to provide transparency but comparing compensation listings is often impossible, recruiters say.
Apple and IBM join Big Tech layoffs (Computing) Both Apple and IBM have started to remove staff, though at a lower rate than contemporaries like AWS, Microsoft and Meta.
Cybereason Raises $100 Million, Appoints New CEO (SecurityWeek) Cybereason appoints new CEO as it receives $100 million in venture funding from SoftBank Corp.
Push Security raises $15 million and launches a host of new features (Help Net Security) Push Security has raised $15M and is launching a host of new features to help security teams take control of their SaaS portfolio.
Strivacity Scores $20M for CIAM Expansion Plans (SecurityWeek) Virginia startup Strivacity has attracted $20 million in funding to compete in the customer identity and access management category.
Trustle Raises $6M Seed Funding for Access Management Tech (SecurityWeek) California startup Trustle banks a $6 million seed round to join the competition in the cloud access management technology space.
KPMG spins out software business Cranium to tackle AI Security - Cranium AI (Cranium AI) KPMG LLP today announced the spin-out of Cranium, a cutting-edge software company that enables organizations to secure their artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Cranium was developed within KPMG’s startup incubator – KPMG Studio – and in collaboration with AI Security experts in the firm’s Advisory practice.
Sequoia and Other U.S.-Backed VCs Are Funding China’s Answer to OpenAI (The Information) A boom in artificial intelligence startup funding sparked by OpenAI has spilled over to China, the world’s second-biggest venture capital market. Now American institutional investors are indirectly financing a rash of Chinese AI startups aspiring to be China’s answer to OpenAI. The American ...
SPHERE Welcomes Scott Gibson as Chief Operating Officer (PR Newswire) SPHERE, an award-winning provider of innovative solutions for identity hygiene and access governance, is pleased to announce the appointment of...
Socure Names Senior Director of Government Affairs (Socure) Socure Names Jennifer Kerber Senior Director of Government Affairs to Further Public Sector Adoption of Equitable, Inclusive Identity Verification Standards.
Sophos Promotes Joe Levy to President of Sophos Technology Group and Appoints Bill Robbins President of Worldwide Field Operations (GlobeNewswire News Room) Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today...
Caveonix Expands Leadership Team to Accelerate U.S. Growth (GlobeNewswire News Room) New VP of Enterprise Sales, VP of Federal Sales and VP of Marketing to Support Commercial and Federal Market Expansion...
Top Cybersecurity Leaders Join Rubrik CISO Advisory Board Chaired by Chris Krebs (GlobeNewswire News Room) CISOs of Albertsons, Booking.com, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Schneider Electric to Drive Strategies for Cyber Collaboration...
Viakoo Welcomes Joe Lea as New Strategic Board Member (PR Newswire) Viakoo, the leader in IoT vulnerability remediation, today announced that Joe Lea is joining as a new Board Member. Lea will provide strategic...
Products, Services, and Solutions
F5 Safeguards Digital Services with New AI-Powered App and API Security Capabilities (F5) F5's enhanced API defenses, granular machine learning capabilities, and new managed service offerings provide comprehensive protection across distributed environments.
CardinalOps Launches MITRE ATT&CK Security Layers for Measuring Detection Posture Linked to Desired Business Outcomes (PR Newswire) CardinalOps, the detection posture management company, today announced a new approach for measuring detection posture and identifying gaps...
SafeBreach Integrates with ServiceNow | Cybersecurity News (SafeBreach) SafeBreach, the pioneer in BAS, today announced new integrations with ServiceNow to provide increased visibility into continuous security posture management.
Orca Security is First CNAPP to Launch Cloud to Dev Capabilities, Enabling Security Teams to Close the Loop for Faster Remediation of Production Alerts (Business Wire) Orca Cloud Security Platform now automatically traces risks in production environments to the origin code and its developer owner, freeing up precious time for higher-value activities
Sophos Named the Only Leader Across MDR, XDR, EDR, Endpoint Protection, and Firewall by G2 (GlobeNewswire News Room) OXFORD, United Kingdom, April 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today...
Securing Communications for Operational Military Success (Salt | Secure Communications) The significance in having Secure Communications for Military Operations Thanks to expertly planned operational communications, military duties can be carried out in a successful manner to avoid crisis situations. To preserve the highest level of security for military communications a method of secure communication technology should be deployed. This should protect and facilitate communications for […]
Scale Compliance With Ease: Introducing Multi-Instance Management (Drata) Drata releases multi-instance management to simplify and scale vCISO and MSSP compliance capabilities.
BlackBerry Introduces Industry-First Integrated Solution to Assure Secure Bi-Directional Response Communications During Cyber Incidents (PR Newswire) BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB) (TSX: BB) today announced a new integration that combines the award-winning Managed Detection and Response (MDR)...
Noname Security Announces the Industry’s First Comprehensive, Hardened API Security Platform (Noname Security) Noname Public Sector’s Hardened Virtual Appliance makes the API security platform available to the U.S. Federal Government, highly regulated industry customers, and FedRAMP-authorized vendors.
Design and Innovation
AI is entering an era of corporate control (The Verge) The world of AI is increasingly run by Big Tech firms.
The Call to Halt ‘Dangerous’ AI Research Ignores a Simple Truth (WIRED) Tech leaders' Open Letter proposed a pause on ChatGPT. But researchers already know how to make artificial intelligence safer.
Let’s pump the brakes on the rush to incorporate AI into cybersecurity (CSO Online) AI has the promise to enhance many forms of security and help implement protective measures. But hold on a minute — as its take on just one Microsoft update shows, it’s not fast enough or expert enough to be trusted yet.
Research and Development
The impact of Quantum Computing on cybersecurity (Tripwire) We are currently in a period of a quantum revolution. Many organizations are currently investing in the quantum computer industry, and it is predicted that the quantum computing market may increase by 500% by 2028.
BU creates standards for chatbots in the classroom (Boston Globe) The school’s Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences issued new standards last week to guide students and faculty on how to use powerful AI systems like ChatGPT in their academic work.
Universities express doubt over tool to detect AI-powered plagiarism (Financial Times) Turnitin launches service to check for text generated by services such as ChatGPT
Legislation, Policy, and Regulation
Europe Upgrades its Cybersecurity Arsenal — Frightening the US (CEPA) The EU’s emphasis on privacy in its mission to advance cybersecurity could drive a wedge between public and private partners.
Government says it’s acting on advice from security agencies (Bloomberg) Australia joins list of countries taking action against TikTok
Canadian privacy commissioner launches investigation into ChatGPT (BetaKit) The Canadian privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into OpenAI, the company behind the AI chatbot ChatGPT.
ChatGPT Has a Big Privacy Problem (WIRED) Italy’s recent ban of Open AI’s generative text tool may just be the beginning of ChatGPT's regulatory woes.
America Can Win the AI Race (Foreign Affairs) It has the resources—now it needs a plan.
Biden eyes AI dangers, says tech companies must make sure products are safe (Reuters) U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday it remains to be seen whether artificial intelligence (AI) is dangerous, but underscored that technology companies had a responsibility to ensure their products were safe before making them public.
'Deliberate' or 'disappointing,' DoD doesn't expect cyber policy nominee before the fall (Breaking Defense) “I’m confident that the Senate is ready to rapidly confirm a nominee,” Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., said. “I’ve had many conversations to that effect.”
Duckworth introduces bill to build out 'imperative' tech skills in military (Breaking Defense) “To ensure our national security and military readiness is as strong as it can be, we cannot risk overlooking the computer programming, artificial intelligence and other advanced technological talent of our servicemembers," Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said.
DHS adds artificial intelligence subcommittee to Homeland Security Advisory Council (Inside Cybersecurity) A new subcommittee on artificial intelligence is among the additions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, according to a Department of Homeland Security “notice of new taskings” in the Federal Register.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Announces New Director of the Defense Innovation Unit (U.S. Department of Defense) The Defense Department announces Doug Beck will serve as the next Director of the Defense Innovation Unit.
Biden picks Heritage for Marine Corps info warfare post (Yahoo Life) The Senate received Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Ryan Heritage's nomination March 30.
CISA and Partners Launch National Supply Chain Integrity Month | CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency CISA) April is Supply Chain Integrity Moth. This year’s theme, “Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) – The Recipe for Resilience”, is a call to action to encourage stakeholders and partners to apply a comprehensive SCRM approach to secure the nation’s most critical supply chains.
Litigation, Investigation, and Law Enforcement
Watchdog dings Energy Dept over cloud security (FCW) The agency's inspector general identified multiple security risks in the way Energy Department components authorize and use cloud computing applications.
'Operation Cookie Monster': International police action seizes dark web market (Reuters) International law enforcement agencies have seized a sprawling dark web marketplace popular with cybercriminals, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Wednesday, in a multinational crackdown dubbed 'Operation Cookie Monster'.
Stolen credential warehouse Genesis Market seized by FBI (Register) Operation Cookie Monster crumbles stolen data-as-a-service vendor
FBI Seizes Bot Shop ‘Genesis Market’ Amid Arrests Targeting Operators, Suppliers (KrebsOnSecurity) Several domain names tied to Genesis Market, a bustling cybercrime store that sold access to passwords and other data stolen from millions of computers infected with malicious software, were seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today. Sources tell…
Genesis Market, one of world’s largest platforms for cyber fraud, seized by police (Record) The FBI and international partners took down Genesis Market,which functioned as a one-stop-shop for criminals, selling both stolen credentials and the tools to weaponize that data.
'Operation Cookie Monster': FBI seizes popular cybercrime forum used for large-scale identity theft (CNN) The FBI has seized a popular cybercrime forum accused of facilitating large-scale identity theft, according to an FBI notice posted to the forum's website on Tuesday.
Cybercrime marketplace Genesis Market shut by FBI, international law enforcement (CNBC) The takedown, dubbed Operation Cookie Monster, targeted an online marketplace that allowed criminals to impersonate consumers online.
FBI seizes stolen credentials market Genesis in Operation Cookie Monster (BleepingComputer) The domains for Genesis Market, one of the most popular marketplaces for stolen credentials of all types, were seized by law enforcement earlier this week as part of Operation Cookie Monster.
Notorious Genesis Market cybercrime forum seized in international law enforcement operation (CyberScoop) The FBI led "Operation Cookie Monster" to shutter the site linked to millions of instances of fraud and cybercrime globally.
UK watchdog fines TikTok $16 mln for 'misusing children's data' (Reuters) Britain's data watchdog said on Tuesday it had fined TikTok 12.7 million pounds ($15.9 million) for breaching data protection law including by using the personal data of children aged under 13 without parental consent.
TikTok Fined $15.8 Million by U.K. Regulator for Misuse of Children’s Data (Wall Street Journal) U.K. authorities said TikTok failed to get consent from the parents of children on its platform and didn’t do enough to remove underage users.
EXCLUSIVE: EU Prosecutor probes Greek ‘Predatorgate’ (Euractiv) The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) has launched an investigation into the use of illegal Predator spyware in a wiretapping scandal that has shaken Greek politics, EURACTIV has learnt.
UK data regulator fines TikTok £13M for letting children under 13 on platform (POLITICO) The ICO estimates that 1.4 million children in the UK were on TikTok in 2020.
Tesla to warn of data privacy risk from car security cameras in Germany (Reuters) Tesla will warn that its 'sentry mode', which records a car's surroundings, risks infringing data privacy laws in Germany after consumer group vzbv sued the manufacturer for failing to mention this in advertising.
Germany accuses Twitter of failing to remove illegal hate speech (TechCrunch) In an early FAFO test for Elon Musk, Germany could be set to fine Twitter for repeatedly failing to comply with its social media hate speech takedown law.