At a glance.
- The FAA attributes its January NOTAM outage to a contractor error.
- Gamer alert.
- Iranian threat actors reported active against a range of targets.
- UK's NCSC warns of increased risk of Russian and Iranian social engineering attacks.
- This week's trends and reports.
- Threat actor movements observed and reported over the week.
- Latest developments in the hybrid war.
- Patch news.
- Crime and punishment.
- Courts and torts.
- Policies, procurements, and agency equities.
- Business news.
- Research developments.
The FAA attributes this month's NOTAM outage to a contractor error.
The Wall Street Journal reported late last week that the FAA has traced the cause of this month's NOTAM outage to an error committed by IT contractors during synchronization of backup files. "The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that a contractor working for the air-safety regulator had unintentionally deleted computer files used in a pilot-alert system, leading to an outage that disrupted U.S. air traffic last week," the Journal wrote. "The agency, which declined to identify the contractor, said its personnel were working to correctly synchronize two databases—a main one and a backup—used for the alert system when the files were unintentionally deleted." For more on the NOTAM outage, see CyberWire Pro.
RockPaperShotgun reports chatter that modders are abusing remote code cheats to alter opponents' stats and disable accounts in Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto. That's not the only case being reported. In an unrelated incident, Dot Esports says that Riot Games has sustained a social engineering attack that affected systems in its development environment. The attack preceded the "start of various leagues in the League of Legends esports circuit." Gamerant reports that Riot Games may delay issuing updates as a consequence.