Tomorrow is Super Tuesday in the US: fourteen states will hold their Democratic presidential primaries. The Washington Post, noting the ways in which occasions for influence operations are topical and closely tied to current events and popular sentiment, observes that several experts, including Government officials, are expecting coronavirus to serve as fodder for attempts to suppress turnout. Such attempts could be either foreign or domestic.
Visser Precision, a manufacturer with customers in several industrial sectors, disclosed over the weekend that it had been the victim of a cyberattack. TechCrunch reports that the attack was a ransomware infection, specifically an attack using the DoppelPaymer ransomware strain. Visser said in a brief statement to TechCrunch that the company “continues its comprehensive investigation of the attack, and business is operating normally.” DoppelPaymer followed its recent pattern of stealing as well as encrypting data. Emsisoft researchers told TechCrunch they’d found a website that listed the files stolen in the incident. On display were folders named for Visser customers (those included Tesla, SpaceX, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin). Some but not all of the files were available for download.
Vulnerabilities in several WordPress plugins are being actively exploited in the wild, ZDNet reports.
The US Administration continues to squeeze Huawei on security grounds. The next round of bilateral talks on the matter has been, Reuters says, pushed to March 11th.
RT sniffs that accusations of “Russian collusion” go back to the Cold War. But, as RT ought to know, so do Russian (briefly, “Soviet”) influence operations.