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Countries fear state-sponsored cyberwar

Nation-state actors are changing their cyber tactics: China's Volt Typhoon and Russia's GRU are engaged in espionage operations, often infiltrating a company's routers, but the countries are also prepositioning for a conflict later.

Countries fear state-sponsored cyberwar
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Threat-hunter says Iran is stepping up the sophistication of its cyberattacks

Threat-hunter says Iran is stepping up the sophistication of its cyberattacks
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China's dominant role in producing hacking bugs

China's dominant role in producing hacking bugs
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Exclusive: Inside an American hunt forward operation in Ukraine

Exclusive: Inside an American hunt forward operation in Ukraine
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The hacker Bassterlord in his own words: Portrait of an access broker as a young man

The hacker Bassterlord in his own words: Portrait of an access broker as a young man
US Army recruits in assumed position, wearing black t-shirts that have "ARMY" written across in bold yellow letters

The US military faces challenges on the homefront as recruitment shortages continue

The US Army missed its target by 25% during the past fiscal year. Other branches of the military are also seeing a drop in recruiting.

The US military faces challenges on the homefront as recruitment shortages continue
Graphic of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China’s tech weapons roll in to quell demonstrations, identify protesters

The latest demonstrations across China ended when the central government unleashed a digital arsenal that was less deadly than the tanks used to quell the 1989 protests, but just as effective. China managed to use the internet to defuse national outrage over President Xi Jinping’s strict COVID-19 policies without firing a single shot.

China’s tech weapons roll in to quell demonstrations, identify protesters
In this June 19, 2017, file photo, a person types on a laptop keyboard in North Andover, Massachusetts. 

'Ransomware Diaries:' Going undercover with the leader of LockBit

Jon DiMaggio, chief security analyst at Analyst1, spent more than a year inside LockBit private channels interacting with LockBitSupp and other members. He recently released a report called "Ransomware Diaries: Volume 1," that revealed how he infiltrated the group and what he learned while he was on the inside.

'Ransomware Diaries:' Going undercover with the leader of LockBit
Funeral workers burry a coffin with an unidentified civilian body, who died in Bucha during the Russian occupation period in February-March 2022, during a funeral in Bucha, Ukraine

Digital clues and the stories Ukraine’s mass graves tell

There are two kinds of mass graves in Ukraine, the ones left after Russian executions, and the ones dug by local people to prevent disease or to protect the bodies. Now, there are efforts underway to document the graves and create digital records of the bodies, in order to identify them later.

Digital clues and the stories Ukraine’s mass graves tell
A woman typing on a laptop on a train in New Jersey

What comes after Hydra, the darknet marketplace that changed everything?

Dina Temple-Raston of the "Click Here" podcast spoke with Niko Vorobyov, the Russian author of Dopeworld and Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis and an expert in cryptocurrency economics and crime, about Hydra, its closure in April and who or what is likely to replace it.

What comes after Hydra, the darknet marketplace that changed everything?
Barcelona’s MareNostrum 4 supercomputer is one of the fastest in the world

Barcelona’s supercomputer MareNostrum is one of the world's fastest. It's about to get a massive upgrade.

In a few months, the MareNostrum 4 will be replaced by the 5. It will be able to compute in one hour what the 4 needed an entire year to complete.

Barcelona’s supercomputer MareNostrum is one of the world's fastest. It's about to get a massive upgrade.
Chinese policemen patrol the bund area in Shanghai, June 1, 2022.

Massive data breach in China raises questions around govt's responsibility in securing data, expert says

Zeyi Yang, a China reporter with MIT Technology Review, looked at some of the data and spoke from New York with The World's host Marco Werman about the situation.

Massive data breach in China raises questions around govt's responsibility in securing data, expert says
Commercial satellite companies provide views once reserved for governments, like this image of a Russian military training facility in Crimea.

Technology is revolutionizing how intelligence is gathered and analyzed — and opening a window onto Russian military activity around Ukraine

National security professionals and armchair sleuths alike are taking advantage of vast amounts of publicly available information and software tools to monitor geopolitical events around the world.

Technology is revolutionizing how intelligence is gathered and analyzed — and opening a window onto Russian military activity around Ukraine
The Department of Justice indicted six officers of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service in October 2020 on charges of hacking and deploying malware.

Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US — but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely

Russia probably has the means to attack US electrical grids and otherwise create havoc but probably won’t go that far. Instead, watch for disinformation aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

Russia could unleash disruptive cyberattacks against the US — but efforts to sow confusion and division are more likely
Efforts to reduce tensions between the Koreas, like the 2018 inter-Korean summit, are frequently the target of disinformation campaigns in South Korea.

Disinformation is spreading beyond the realm of spycraft to become a shady industry – lessons from South Korea

Disinformation is being privatized around the world. This new industry is built on a dangerous combination of cheap labor, high-tech algorithms and emotional national narratives.

Disinformation is spreading beyond the realm of spycraft to become a shady industry – lessons from South Korea