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Various accusations of cyberattack emerge from regional rivals. Belarus takes the official view that its Internet outage is the work of ill-intentioned foreign operators, but as Meduza says, domestic dissidents say (and most observers are with them on this) that it's the work of Minsk itself. The News reports that Pakistan's Army assesses recent incidents on soldiers' mobile devices as representing cyberattacks from inveterate adversary India. The National Council of Resistance of Iran accuses Tehran of attempting to take down the website of the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. And Data Center Dynamics reminds us that Australia, more-or-less on behalf of Papua New Guinea, continues to point out that Papua's National Data Centre was compromised from the outset by Chinese-funded Huawei installations.
Both China (as noted in the South China Morning Post) and Russia (see the Star) complain that, cyber-wise, they're more sinned against than sinning. China says most of the cyberattacks it sustains come from the US, and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov points with concern to the threat his country faces in cyberspace from Germany.
The Wall Street Journal reports that TikTok had, until last November, collected MAC addresses in an undisclosed user tracking program. In an unrelated development, Reuters says that TikTok's proposed move of data centers from the US to a presumably friendlier Europe may have also hit a snag, as French regulators open an investigation into the services' privacy safeguards.
Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Iran, NATO/OTAN, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, and the United States.
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