The Sydney Morning Herald reports that investigators are closer to singling out Chinese intelligence services as responsible for attempts to gain access to Australian Parliamentary and political party systems. The attempts are thought consistent with Beijing's long-term goal of gaining insight into the Five Eyes' intelligence products and operations.
A wave of other attacks disclosed in Australia seem more straightforwardly criminal in their motivation. Ransomware, as the Age notes, has afflicted a number of targets over the past few months, including a hospital, the large corporate superannuation fund TelstraSuper, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Reuters says Kiev's SBU security service has charged Russia with organizing a large influence campaign to secure election of its preferred candidate in Ukraine's upcoming presidential election. Which candidate Moscow favors isn't specified, but the methods used cover everything from state-of-the-art troll farming to the kind of ground-game bribing of voters an early-20th-century Chicago ward heeler would immediately recognize.
Huawei's lower-cost, generally reliable, and good-enough devices may be too attractive for the telecom sector to forego, the Wall Street Journal says. The tide seems now to have set against US efforts to convince other countries to exclude Huawei from their 5G networks. Forbes notes that 5G security touches control systems as well as IT devices.
If your phone seems to be losing its charge much faster than it ought to, Oracle may have a diagnosis. Its researchers have discovered an ad-fraud scheme they're calling DrainerBot that sucks prodigious amounts of both power and data.