Facebook has taken down a Chinese disinformation network that sought to influence public opinion in the US and the Philippines; they also took down a Philippine-based network that may have some connection to the government in Manila.
TechCrunch summarizes the take-down as involving “155 Facebook accounts, 11 pages, nine groups and seven Instagram accounts connected to the Chinese activity and 57 accounts, 31 Pages and 20 Instagram accounts for the activity in the Philippines.” Grafika calls the Chinese campaign “Operation Naval Gazing” (noteworthy for using AI-generated photos in its accounts) since its principal objective was to support expansive Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea.
CISA and the FBI warn that foreign disinformation can be expected to call results of US elections into question. CISA has also warned of a resurgence in information-stealing LokiBot.
The Aachener Zeitung reports that the ransomware implicated in a Nord-Rhein Westfallen death was DoppelPaymer. The victim died when University Hospital Düsseldorf had to divert her to another facility because its own admission systems had been rendered unavailable. Newsweek observes that DoppelPaymer, a fork of Evil Corp's BitPaymer, is associated with the Russian cyber underworld.
The US Justice Department announced Operation DisrupTor, an international dragnet that's collared one-hundred-seventy Darknet contraband merchants.
Lest anyone forget that regional rivalries can be as serious as great power competition, and far more hair-triggered, Foreign Policy reminds us that Egypt and Ethiopia are engaged in a protracted squabble over Nile water rights that's being fought so far largely in cyberspace.