The company man: US glacial response to Nigeria’s detention of former IRS crypto investigator rankles federal agents


In a move that could send a chill among business people working overseas, a Nigerian court ruled on Friday that a former American IRS investigator, Tigran Gambaryan, could stand trial on behalf of his employer, the crypto currency exchange Binance, and denied his request for bail. Gambaryan has been held in Nigeria since February. Dina Temple-Raston, host and managing editor of the Recorded Future News podcast “Click Here,” has been following the story for months and explains.

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Inside the i-Soon papers and China’s secret world of hackers-for-hire

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Countries fear state-sponsored cyberwar

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Threat-hunter says Iran is stepping up the sophistication of its cyberattacks

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China’s dominant role in producing hacking bugs

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Exclusive: Inside an American hunt forward operation in Ukraine


In an interview with Recorded Future News’ podcast “Click Here,” Hartman says the cooperation between the US and foreign partners like Ukraine has become important in the effort to deter Russia’s cyber operations.

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The hacker Bassterlord in his own words: Portrait of an access broker as a young man


He started off doing simple phishing attacks. But the Russian, who is known as Bassterlord, soon graduated to planting ransomware in emails, holding companies’ data hostage. And he quickly became one of the best. In her exclusive interview with the hacker, Dina Temple-Raston of the “Click Here” podcast delves into the ransomware underworld.

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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.

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

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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.

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‘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.