Tag: Cyberwarfare and Defense

G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action

WASHINGTON — As President Trump amplifies unsubstantiated claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed on Tuesday that Russian operatives engaged in a widespread social media campaign to improve his chances in the race. In a report, the committee backed up the conclusions of the intelligence community, the special […]

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Top Secret Russian Unit Seeks to Destabilize Europe, Security Officials Say

First came a destabilization campaign in Moldova, followed by the poisoning of an arms dealer in Bulgaria and then a thwarted coup in Montenegro. Last year, there was an attempt to assassinate a former Russian spy in Britain using a nerve agent. Though the operations bore the fingerprints of Russia’s intelligence services, the authorities initially […]

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Impeachment, Prince Harry, Diahann Carroll: Your Friday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. ImageCreditPete Marovich for The New York Times 1. House leaders have requested documents for the impeachment inquiry from Vice President Mike Pence related to “any role you may have played” in the Ukraine matter. In a letter, the chairmen of […]

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Iranian Hackers Targeted Presidential Campaign, Microsoft Says

SAN FRANCISCO — Iranian hackers have been targeting the email accounts of at least one presidential campaign, as well as those of American journalists and current and former United States government officials, according to Microsoft. In a report released on Friday, Microsoft said the hackers, with apparent backing from Iran’s government, made more than 2,700 […]

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Cyberattacks on Egyptian Activists Are Traced to Government

A series of sophisticated cyberattacks targeting Egyptian journalists, academics, lawyers, opposition politicians and human rights activists has been traced to Egyptian government offices, a cybersecurity firm has found. The attackers installed software on the targets’ phones that enabled them to read the victims’ files and emails, track their locations, identify who they contacted and when, […]

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Federal Election Commissioner Posts Foreign Interference Memo on Twitter

The Federal Election Commission chairwoman, Ellen L. Weintraub, on Friday took the dramatic step of using Twitter to release the entire draft of a memo addressing foreign election interference after its disputed publication in the agency’s weekly digest. Ms. Weintraub, a Democrat appointed by President George W. Bush, said a Republican commission member, Caroline Hunter, […]

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Every Part of the Supply Chain Can Be Attacked

The United States government’s continuing disagreement with the Chinese company Huawei underscores a much larger problem with computer technologies in general: We have no choice but to trust them completely, and it’s impossible to verify that they’re trustworthy. Solving this problem — which is increasingly a national security issue — will require us to both […]

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How Do You Fix … All of It?

At the inaugural conference, sponsored by The New York Times, influential leaders in academia, business and politics gathered to discuss and debate provocative issues, and provide innovative solutions to some of our nation’s top policy agenda challenges. Task forces developed recommendations for businesses and policymakers, identifying some central questions that will be driving conversations through […]

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The Urgent Search for a Cyber Silver Bullet Against Iran

WASHINGTON — After spending billions of dollars to assemble the world’s most potent arsenal of cyberweapons and plant them in networks around the world, United States Cyber Command — and the new era of warfighting it has come to represent — may face a critical test in the coming weeks. President Trump is considering a […]

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The Future of War Is Already Here

It seems like the opening of a techno-thriller novel or (spoiler alert!) a scene from the latest Gerard Butler movie: In the dead of night, a swarm of robotic planes sneaks past a billion-dollar defense system and then takes out one of the world’s most valuable targets in a fiery blast. But it is no […]

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What Spy? Kremlin Mocks Aide Recruited by C.I.A. as a Boozy Nobody

MOSCOW — He drank too much, abandoned his sick, aged mother and — in Russia’s own account of the man portrayed in the United States as a highly valued spy burrowed deep into the Kremlin — he had no contact whatsoever with President Vladimir V. Putin. Just hours after The New York Times and other […]

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N.S.A. Official: We Need to Prepare for the Future of War

The National Security Operations Center occupies a large windowless room, bathed in blue light, on the third floor of the National Security Agency’s headquarters outside of Washington. For the past 46 years, around the clock without a single interruption, a team of senior military and intelligence officials has staffed this national security nerve center. The […]

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C.I.A. Informant Extracted From Russia Had Sent Secrets to U.S. for Decades

WASHINGTON — Decades ago, the C.I.A. recruited and carefully cultivated a midlevel Russian official who began rapidly advancing through the governmental ranks. Eventually, American spies struck gold: The longtime source landed an influential position that came with access to the highest level of the Kremlin. As American officials began to realize that Russia was trying […]

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Russia’s Playbook for Disrupting Democracy

Episode 13: ‘The Blueprint’ Producer/Director John Marks Russia’s brazen interference in the 2016 American presidential election shouldn’t have been a total shock. President Vladimir Putin’s government had done it before, almost a decade earlier in tiny Estonia, where Russian operatives provoked political violence and mounted malicious cyberattacks. In fact, many of the methods Moscow used […]

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Huawei Says, Without Evidence, That U.S. Pressured Its Employees

BEIJING — The Chinese technology giant Huawei said on Tuesday, without providing evidence, that the United States government had pressured the company’s employees to turn against it and had used cyberattacks to infiltrate the firm’s computer systems in recent months. The company, which makes smartphones and equipment for telecommunications networks, has been the focus of […]

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U.S. Cyberattack Hurt Iran’s Ability to Target Oil Tankers, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — A secret cyberattack against Iran in June wiped out a critical database used by Iran’s paramilitary arm to plot attacks against oil tankers and degraded Tehran’s ability to covertly target shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf, at least temporarily, according to senior American officials. Iran is still trying to recover information destroyed in […]

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Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America

WILMER, Tex. — At the public library in Wilmer, Tex., books were checked out not with the beeps of bar code readers but with the scratches of pen on notebook paper. Out on the street, police officers were literally writing tickets — by hand. When the entire computer network that keeps the small town’s bureaucracy […]

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Giant Hacking Attack in Bulgaria Raises Suspicion of Russian Meddling

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Kristiyan Boikov was 14 years old and living in Bulgaria’s second-largest city, Plovdiv, when his parents gave him his first computer as a gift. He was soon obsessed, teaching himself a variety of computer languages and then, like many of his friends, turning his focus to issues of network security. The world […]

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Cloudflare Chief Explains Decision to Shut Down 8Chan, Despite Reservations

Early Monday, 8chan, the anonymous message board where the man accused of carrying out the El Paso massacre posted his manifesto, went offline. The man most responsible for the outage wasn’t Jim Watkins, 8chan’s owner, or his son Ronald, the message board’s administrator. Instead, the decision to take 8chan offline, at least temporarily, fell largely […]

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