Citizen Lab reports that people approached two of its researchers to express interest in their work on commercial intercept tools, specifically those produced by the NSO Group. Those who made the approach represented themselves as socially conscious investors associated with "FlameTech" and "CPW-Consulting," both of which appear to be fictions. Citizen Lab worked with the AP to expose what they characterize as an approach similar to what might be expected from private security firms. They stress they have no evidence NSO Group was involved in the approach. The University of Toronto-based Lab had been investigating possible use of NSO Group tools against murdered Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
Transparency activists at Distributed Denial of Secrets have released a very large set of documents produced by prominent Russians—politicians, oligarchs, journalists, and religious leaders—Rappler and others report.
Ukraine's cyber police say they're seeing an upsurge in Russian phishing aimed at disrupting upcoming elections, Reuters reports. Russia says it's never done anything of the kind, anywhere, to anyone.
Russia and China blocked a US-sponsored attempt to gain UN recognition of Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's acting president in place of Chavista incumbent Maduro, whom the National Assembly declared constitutionally ineligible for office, Reuters says. Reuters also reports deniable Russian military contractors in Venezuela. Hybrid operations may ensue.
The Daily Motion has sustained a credential-stuffing attack, ZDNet reports.
The US Federal Government reopened for business today, at least for now. The Washington Post says the first order of that business is looking for hackers.