US President Trump said, in an interview the Washington Post published late Friday, that he had authorized a US Cyber Command response to Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The Post had reported on the cyber operation in February 2019, sourcing the story to unnamed US officials, but this is the first time the President has claimed direct involvement. The attack knocked the Internet Research Agency offline in a demonstration intended, it was said at the time, to show the Russian government that cyber operations, particularly influence operations, would not be "cost-free." The New York Times says the 2018 operation was intended as both a deterrent and a realistic test of US capabilities against an actual adversary.
The Telegraph reviews North Korean financially motivated hacking, including LinkedIn phishing and cryptocurrency fraud, and notes its opportunistic and indiscriminate character. The Washington Times says the increase in Pyongyang's cyber optempo coincides with the rising influence of Kim Yo-jong, sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.
Advanced Intelligence describes curious TrickBot behavior: a test version of a password-stealing module appears to have been mistakenly deployed.
Amazon told its employees to delete TikTok, but then withdrew the order as an "error," the Wall Street Journal reports.
The COVID-19 pandemic having delayed US income-tax filing from its customary April 15th to this coming Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to stay alert for scams. In particular, the IRS wants all to know that it won't ask for personal information by phone or email.