Bitdefender researchers describe the activities of a hitherto little remarked Chinese cyberespionage group. It’s called “FunnyDream” after one of the toolsets it uses. Most of the group’s infrastructure is in Hong Kong, but with one additional server each in Vietnam, China proper, and South Korea. Bitdefender is cautious about attribution, not going much farther than “Chinese” or “Chinese speaking,” and is also reticent about the targets, which it characterizes as “potential government sector victims in South East Asia.”
This isn’t the first time FunnyDream has come to researchers’ attention. ZDNet points out that a Kaspersky report this past spring found FunnyDream mostly interested in Vietnam, with additional targets in Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Last night President Trump fired Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security director Christopher Krebs, calling Director Krebs’s assurance that the recent US elections were secure “highly inaccurate.” Krebs’s work at CISA had received good, bipartisan, international, and industry reviews; he was generally well-regarded in the cybersecurity sector. The Wall Street Journal and SC Media summarize reactions to his dismissal.
Twitter’s CEO Dorsey and Facebook’s CEO Zuckerberg described their platforms’ approach to election-season disinformation before a Senate panel yesterday. The Wall Street Journal says both gave themselves good marks, but signaled their openness to further regulation. The hearings are considering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The Vancouver extradition hearing for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou continues. Reuters reports that a Canada Border Services Agency official testified that he was not pressured into improper actions by the US FBI.