Philippines eyes partnership with Japan on cyber defense, drones (Kyodo News+) The head of the Philippines' military says that the country is considering partnering with Japan to beef up its cyber defense and drone capability as part of its force modernization program.
The U.S. Intelligence Community Is Not Prepared for the China Threat (Foreign Affairs) A Fundamental Realignment Is Needed to Counter Beijing
Forget Counterterrorism, the United States Needs a Counter-Disinformation Strategy (Foreign Policy) If the U.S. government wants to win the information wars, Cold War-era tactics won’t cut it anymore.
Chairman Pai Statement on Section 230 (Federal Communications Commission) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement on Section 230 of the Communications Act
FCC Acts as Trump Intensifies Call to Dilute Social Media Shield (Bloomberg) U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will consider Donald Trump’s request to weaken a legal shield for social media companies such as Twitter Inc. as the president intensified his call to strip companies of their protections.
Trump's feud with social media amps up with more skirmishes, blocked accounts (SeekingAlpha) Heat between President Trump's campaign and social media is rising today after yesterday saw Facebook (FB -2.3%) and Twitter (TWTR -2.4%) putting the brakes on dissemination of a New York Post story.
Sens. Peters, Klobuchar and Reed introduce bill to counter COVID-19 misinformation (Homeland Preparedness News) U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) has introduced a bill that would create a COVID-19 Misinformation & Disinformation Task Force to counter the rising misinformation and disinformation related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The task force will be charged with coordinating the … Read More »
Secretary Ross Highlights Commerce Actions Supporting Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies (U.S. Department of Commerce) In support of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said the Department is fully behind the President’s strategy and has already implemented a number of export controls on emerging technologies.
Multi-Domain Operations doctrine still a few years out, says US Army chief (Defense News) The Army is working to refine its war-fighting concept, but calling it doctrine won't happen for several years, the Army chief said.
DoD identifies top information operations adviser (C4ISRNET) Legislation mandated the department designate a person — dubbed the principal information operations adviser — to counsel the defense secretary on information operations.
State CIOs face same cyber issues as corporate peers, with budget constraints (SC Media) States must focus more on digital modernization and improve the role of CISOs, and the cyber issues they face mirror those of broad array of industries.
WeChat Judge Skeptical Of Feds' Bid To Quickly Shutter App (Law360) A California federal judge said during a hearing Thursday she's unlikely to lift a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from shutting down WeChat's U.S. operations, despite the government's concerns that China may be using the communications platform to surveil Americans and potentially interfere in elections.
U.S. Lawmaker, Citing Snowden, Seeks Probe Into NSA Targeting of Congressional, Supreme Court Emails (Gizmodo Australia) The acting intelligence community inspector general, Thomas Monheim, has been asked to investigate claims that Edward Snowden, while working as a contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, was able to search a classified database for the private emails of a senior member of U.S. Congress. Rep. Anna Eshoo, Democrat...
Senate to Subpoena Twitter CEO Over Blocking of Disputed Biden Articles (Wall Street Journal) GOP senators said the Judiciary Committee would subpoena Jack Dorsey after his social-media company limited sharing of New York Post articles about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son.
US intelligence analysts feared Russia would dump hacked and forged Burisma emails targeting Biden as an 'October surprise,' report says (Business Insider) The news came hours after the New York Post published a misleading story with unverified emails said to be between Hunter Biden and a Burisma exec.
Feds examining whether alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to a foreign intel operation (NBC News) One email, which has not been confirmed to be authentic, suggested a meeting between Joe Biden and a rep from a Ukraine firm that once paid his son Hunter.
White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump (Washington Post) U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence, according to four former officials familiar with the matter.
Giuliani Details Steps Taken to Authenticate Hunter Biden Material (Epoch Times) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he spent three weeks authenticating the materials on a copy ...
The platforms spy a hack-and-leak (Platformer) In a New York Post report, Facebook and Twitter smell a rat
Facebook Gave A Platform To The Shady Ukrainians Pushing The New York Post Biden Story (BuzzFeed News) Facebook may have throttled the reach of the New York Post story. But these men are celebrating all the same.
Malwarebytes, Inc. v. Enigma Software Group USA, LLC on Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Supreme Court of the United States) Statement of JUSTICE THOMAS respecting the denial of certiorari. This petition asks us to interpret a provision commonly called §230, a federal law enacted in 1996 that gives Internet platforms immunity from some civil and criminal claims.
US charges QQAAZZ group for laundering money for malware gangs (ZDNet) Among the QQAAZZ group's clients were famous malware groups like Dridex, Trickbot, and GozNym.
US, European authorities carry out sweeping crackdown on prolific QQAAZZ cybercriminal group (CyberScoop) U.S. and European law enforcement have embarked on a coordinated crackdown on an Eastern European cybercriminal group accused of trying to launder tens of millions of dollars stolen from victims.
Officials Announce International Operation Targeting Transnational Criminal Organization QQAAZZ that Provided Money Laundering Services to High-Level Cybercriminals (US Department of Justice) Fourteen members of the transnational criminal organization, QQAAZZ, were charged by a federal grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania in an indictment unsealed today. A related indictment unsealed in October 2019 charged five members of QQAAZZ. One additional conspirator, a Russian national, was arrested by criminal complaint in late March 2020 while visiting the United States, bringing the total number of charged defendants to 20.
U.S. Government Privacy Watchdog Asked to Investigate Surveillance of Black Lives Matter (Gizmodo Australia) A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged the U.S. government’s privacy and civil liberties watchdog to launch an investigation into claims of government surveillance at protests against police violence and racial inequality spurred this year by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Citing concerns that U.S....
UK’s ICO reduces British Airways data breach fine to £20M, after originally setting it at £184M (TechCrunch) One of the biggest data breaches in UK corporate history has been closed off by regulators not with a bang, but a whimper. Today the Information Commissioner’s Office, the UK’s data watchdog, announced that it would be fining British Airways £20 million ($25.8 million) for a data breach…