International conflict continues to breed attendant cyber offensive operations and apparent hacktivism. India, which has seen minor but lethal skirmishes with China along their disputed border, continues to warn its businesses, organizations, and government agencies to be alert for continued Chinese cyberattacks. The Outlook reports that New Delhi's security agencies are distributing an alert from CERT-IN that many such attacks can be expected to take the form of COVID-19-themed phishing. Inc42 says that researchers at Cyfirma have been monitoring dark web chatter that appears to confirm such warnings.
Zscaler has taken a look at last week's warning from the Australian Cyber Security Centre about "Copy-paste compromises" used against Australian networks. None of the reported exploits involve zero-days; all take advantage of known and patchable vulnerabilities. These and several other recent campaigns against Australian targets have been widely attributed to China, as the Sydney Morning Herald summarizes.
And one case of possible hacktivism (or possibly state-directed hacktivism) has appeared in Ethiopia. Addis-Ababa says, according to Borkena, that unspecified Ethiopian government organizations have been hit by Egyptians working under the noms-de-hack of “Cyber Horus Group,” “AnuBis.Haker” and “Security _By _Passed." Their evident intent is to pressure the Ethiopian government over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, which has prompted an international dispute among Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan over water rights.
The US State Department has designated China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily, and the Global Times as "foreign missions," that is, Chinese government propaganda outlets.