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CISA has warned in an alert that threat actors based in Iran have increased their exploitation of known vulnerabilities in virtual private networks. VPN use has spiked during the pandemic, and the attackers are taking advantage of the expanded attack surface. Federal agencies and private sector organizations in healthcare, technology, financial, insurance, and the media were targeted.
The warning comes as tensions between the US and Iran remain high. The US Justice Department yesterday unsealed its indictment of two Iranians in connection with their alleged defacement of websites in response to the US drone strike that killed Iranian General Suleimani during his activities in Baghdad.
Bloomberg Law reports that Sandvine, citing the abuse of its products by the Belarusian government in shutting down Internet access through most of the country during a disputed election, has said it will no longer do business with Minsk. The Voice of America’s Russian-language service has an account of how Belarus's Lukashenka regime made use of Sandvine’s technology.
Vice describes ways in which Facebook has apparently figured in Ethiopia’s growing ethnic violence.
ByteDance’s deal with Oracle has grown clearer. According to the Wall Street Journal, TikTok’s American operations will be incorporated as a US company, with Oracle holding a significant but still minority stake in the new company. ByteDance will retain majority ownership. The Washington Post thinks the reorganization is likely to meet with US regulatory approval.
Federal News Network reports the US House passed a bill to increase the security of Federal Internet-of-things acquisitions.
Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ethiopia, the Holy See, India, Iran, Israel, Russia, and the United States.
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