Episodic, nuisance-level hacktivism continues to accompany protests in the US. According to KXAN, Anonymous has claimed responsibility for taking down an Austin, Texas, public website in an anti-police gesture, and Variety reports that K-Pop fans remain an odd force in social media hashtag-jamming.
Kaspersky reports finding a new strain of USB-based malware, USBCulprit, that's being run by Chinese-speaking threat actors, "Cycldek" or "Goblin Panda" ("two operational entities that are active under a mutual quartermaster"). USBCulprit is intended for use against air-gapped systems; its targets have been in Southeast Asia.
POLITICO sees the German intention to prosecute a Russian GRU officer for hacking the Bundestag as indicating hardening European attitudes toward Russian cyber operations. (Even TASS is authorized to take notice of the indictment.)
The US Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) yesterday announced the launch of a new public resource for information about cybersecurity and the other areas in the agency's portfolio.
CISA Director Krebs yesterday said in an interview on Intelligence Matters that as a matter of course nations would collect COVID-19 information. “We do expect every intelligence service to be in the mix here,” he said. China has been the most brazen in its pursuit of information about the pandemic and research into treatments, but COVID-19 is an obvious intelligence target. NATO yesterday issued a statement of solidarity with all healthcare and research organizations that have been affected by cyber attacks.
The BBC says France's StopCovid contact-tracing app is "off to a good start."