A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

The IC updates Congress on worldwide threats, and the Biden Administration responds to Russian hacks and election interference. On the second day the leaders of the United States (U.S.) Intelligence Community (IC) were testifying before Congress on the global threat landscape, the Biden Administration ratchets up the sanctions on the Russian Federation for the SolarWinds … Continue reading A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (7 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that Facebook’s purchase of Giphy would substantially lessen competition and is giving the companies the opportunity to respond to this finding before the CMA moves on to the next phase of its investigation. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is also looking at … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (7 April 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (25 March 2021)

Other Developments California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, but before he left this position, he named Matt Rodriguez Chief Deputy Attorney General. Rodriguez will be the acting Attorney General until Governor Gavin Newsom (D) nominates a person the legislature confirms.The White House indicated President Joe … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (25 March 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

Other Developments The Biden Administration announced it had triggered the response framework laid out in Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41) in response to the Microsoft Exchange hack that includes private sector stakeholders for the first time. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that “the National Security Council (NSC) established a Unified … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (24 March 2021)

U.S. Intelligence Community Again Finds Russian Efforts To Influence Election

The IC at the end of the Trump Administration found Russian interference in the 2020 election but did not assess the impact of these efforts. The IC also found Iranian and possibly PRC interference. The United States Intelligence Community (IC) released the assessment on foreign interference with the 2020 election and found that the Russian … Continue reading U.S. Intelligence Community Again Finds Russian Efforts To Influence Election

Senate Intelligence Views SolarWinds From The Private Sector Perspective

Congress starts chewing over the hack of agencies and companies, hinting at policy prescriptions. The first public hearing on the massive hack associated with SolarWinds and most likely perpetrated by the Russian intelligence services occurred this week. The Senate Intelligence Committee heard from private sector witnesses, including from SolarWinds, in what will be the first … Continue reading Senate Intelligence Views SolarWinds From The Private Sector Perspective

Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (20 and 21 January 2021)

Further Reading “Amazon’s Ring Neighbors app exposed users’ precise locations and home addresses” By Zack Whittaker — Tech Crunch. Again Amazon’s home security platform suffers problems by way of users data being exposed or less than protected.“Harassment of Chinese dissidents was warning signal on disinformation” By Shawna Chen and Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian — Axios. In an … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (20 and 21 January 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 January 2021)

Further Reading “Why the Russian hack is so significant, and why it's close to a worst-case scenario” By Kevin Collier — NBC News. This article quotes experts who paint a very ugly picture for the United States (U.S.) in trying to recover from the Russian Federation’s hack. Firstly, the Russians are very good at what … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (11 January 2021)

Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (4 January 2021)

Further Reading “Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code” By Nicole Perlroth — The New York Times. The Sluzhba vneshney razvedki Rossiyskoy Federatsii’s (SVR) hack keeps growing and growing with Microsoft admitting its source code was viewed through an employee account. It may be that authorized Microsoft resellers were one of the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Development, and Coming Events (4 January 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (7 September)

Here is today’s Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events. Coming Events The United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a hearing on 9 September on "U.S.-China Relations in 2020: Enduring Problems and Emerging Challenges” to “evaluate key developments in China's economy, military capabilities, and foreign relations, during 2020.”On 10 September, the General … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (7 September)