The CyberWire Daily Podcast 12.8.23
Ep 1963 | 12.8.23

Russia here, Russia there, Russia everywhere.

Show Notes

Legal action against Star Blizzard's FSB operators. A critical Bluetooth vulnerability has been discovered. How the GRU faked celebrity videos in its Doppelgänger campaign. The persistence of Log4j vulnerabilities. Lack of encryption as a contributor to data loss. Supply chain breaches plague the energy sector. Our guest is Allan Liska, creator of a new comic book featuring the adventures of Johnny Dollar, a hard-nosed cyber insurance investigator. And Russian activists make clever use of QR codes.

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CyberWire Guest

Guest Allan Liska, creator of Green Archer Comics, shares the first installment in a new comic book series: "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar #1." The series follows the adventures of Johnny Dollar, a hard-nosed cyber insurance investigator, as he takes on ransomware attacks, insider threats and more. The series is based on a popular radio serial of the same name that ran from 1949 through 1962, now reimagined for the digital age.

Selected Reading

Russian FSB Cyber Actor Star Blizzard Continues Worldwide Spear-phishing Campaigns (CISA)

The cyberattacks also allegedly took aim at U.S. energy networks and American spies. (Wall Street Journal)

Russian Star Blizzard hackers linked to efforts to hamper war crimes investigation (The Guardian)

U.S. Takes Action to Further Disrupt Russian Cyber Activities (US Department of State)

Rewards for Justice (Rewards for Justice)

Two Russian Nationals Working with Russia’s Federal Security Service Charged with Global Computer Intrusion Campaign (US Department of Justice)

United States and the United Kingdom Sanction Members of Russian State Intelligence-Sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat Group (US Department of Treasury)

Critical Bluetooth Flaw Exposes Android, Apple & Linux Devices to Takeover (DarkReading)

Obfuscation and AI Content in the Russian Influence Network “Doppelgänger” Signals Evolving Tactics (Recorded Future)

Russian influence and cyber operations adapt for long haul and exploit war fatigue (Microsoft)

State of Log4j Vulnerabilities: How Much Did Log4Shell Change? (Veracode)

ESG Report Operationalizing Encryption and Key Management (Fortanix)

Russian opposition activists use QR codes to spread anti-Putin messages (The Record)

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