The CyberWire Daily Podcast 4.7.22
Ep 1552 | 4.7.22

Blocking and tackling in the cyber phases of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. Info-harvesting SDK. Recon into a power grid. Hydra Market indictment. Catphishing. Advance fee scams with a new twist.

Show Notes

An update on US cyber defensive operations and the war in Ukraine. You can’t tell your oligarchs without a scorecard. Google ejects data-harvesting apps from Play. China preps the cyber battlespace against India’s power grid. More moves against Hydra Market. Bearded Barbie’s catphishing. Betsy Carmelite from BAH on a blueprint for achieving a secure and resilient dot gov. Our guest is Padraic O'Reilly from CyberSaint with a fresh look at ransomware. And your majesty, meet this here dissident, who also needs to move money for the best of reasons….

Selected reading.

Pentagon: Russia has fully withdrawn from Kyiv, Chernihiv (Washington Post) 

Zelenskyy tells UN: Act now on Russia or dissolve yourself altogether (Atlantic Council) 

DoJ takes down Russian botnet that targeted WatchGuard and Asus routers (ZDNet) 

FBI Disables "Cyclops Blink" Botnet Controlled by Russian Intelligence Agency (SecurityWeek) 

Justice Department Announces Court-Authorized Disruption of Botnet Controlled by the Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) (US Department of Justice) 

Adversarial Threat Report (Meta)

Facebook cracks down on covert influence networks targeting Ukraine (Washington Post)

Russian-backed hackers broke into Facebook accounts of Ukrainian military officials (CBS News) 

Britain slaps sanctions on Russia’s biggest bank  (The Telegraph) 

Russia hit with new round of U.S. sanctions as Biden decries 'major war crimes' (Reuters) 

U.S. to Sanction Putin Children, Banks Over Bucha Atrocities (Bloomberg)

The Forbes Ultimate Guide To Russian Oligarchs (Forbes) 

Suspected Chinese Hackers Collect Intelligence From India’s Grid (Bloomberg) 

Continued Targeting of Indian Power Grid Assets by Chinese State-Sponsored Activity Group (Recorded Future) 

Operation Bearded Barbie: APT-C-23 Campaign Targeting Israeli Officials (Cybereason) 

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software (Wall Street Journal)

The Nigerian Prince Scam, with a Russian Twist (Avanan)