The Taliban sifts seized data.
Reuters reports that the Taliban is actively seeking access to the emails of former government officials, and that Google has, temporarily at least, locked down access to such accounts. Google didn’t directly confirm their move to deny the Taliban access to the accounts, saying only it was monitoring events and was "taking temporary actions to secure relevant accounts." The concern over email accounts and other data belonging to the fallen government coming into the possession of the Taliban is that the information gained would be used to track and arrest former government officials or, indeed, anyone else of suspect loyalty.
Ghostwriter hits Bundestag targets.
The German Foreign Ministry lodged a complaint with Russia over ongoing attempts to stage cyberespionage and influence operations against the Bundestag during the run-up to national elections, Deutsche Welle reports. The activity, which is reported to have successfully compromised some Federal networks, is part of the long-running and often described Ghostwriter campaign against Central and Eastern European targets.
German prosecutors have opened an investigation into the Ghostwriter campaign Berlin has attributed to Russian intelligence services, Der Spiegel reports. Germany's Foreign Ministry has warned, an Agence France Presse story says, that Russia will face unspecified consequences should the cyberespionage and election-related disinformation persist.