A leak of purportedly secret documents outlining alleged topics of Anglo-American trade talks appears to be foreign disinformation, most likely of Russian origin. Reuters reports that researchers see similarities to the Secondary Infektion campaign the Atlantic Council unmasked in June. The incident has raised concerns that foreign attempts to interfere with upcoming British elections may already be in progress.
US security start-up Strider has released a report on how China has penetrated quantum research laboratories in the US, Switzerland, the UK, and Germany to obtain results that have important military applications. Much of that penetration seems to have been obtained in traditional ways, by forming partnerships with universities, recruiting Western scientists, and placing students and faculty in research institutions of interest.
Responding to Senatorial questions, the US FBI said the Russian-developed facial-image-editing application FaceApp represents a counterintelligence threat. The New York Times points out that FaceApp denies sharing data with anyone, including the Russian intelligence and security organs, and says that "most" images are deleted from its servers within forty-eight hours. But the FBI regards any app built in Russia as inherently problematic. Russian services have "robust cyber exploitation capabilities," with both the ability and authority to "remotely access all communications and servers on Russian networks without making a request to ISPs."
BlackBerry Cylance describes PyXie, a new Python remote-access Trojan. This particular RAT delivers ransomware to targets in the education and healthcare sectors.
A US Ethereum developer was charged Friday with offenses related to helping North Korea evade sanctions.