The timing and scale of the attacks suggest the Russians may be looking for the same kind of damaging information on Joe Biden that President Trump wanted from Ukraine, security experts say.
Nicole PerlrothBREAKING: As the November impeachment hearings got underway, Russia's GRU hacked Burisma in what appears to be a repeat of 2016, when GRU hackers breached the DNC and then selectively leaked emails to hurt Clinton's candidacy. nytimes.com/2020/01/13/us/… with @AllMattNYT
While U.S. cyberdefenses have improved since 2016, many of the vulnerabilities exploited four years ago remain. And attacks are getting more sophisticated.
Nicole PerlrothNEW! Russia's 2020 playbook: GRU is setting up servers stateside, replacing old servers/email for ProtonMail, evading Facebook ad controls and (!!!) DHS is investigating a possible GRU role in U.S. ransomware attacks. Our months-long investigation is live
Thread by @nicoleperlroth: "Just how sick is Trump's Crowdstrike conspiracy theory? Very. A personal thread. Nearly a decade ago, I joined thersecurity reporter. I was leaving my first RSA conference to visit some friends in LA and took the last...
An investigation found that a former Fox News executive hired Macedonians to write culturally and politically divisive content for his websites.
Nicole PerlrothNEW: Americans Steal Kremlin’s Playbook, for Clicks and Profit.
Our investigation found a former Fox News executive has been hiring Macedonians to pump out politically inflammatory flame bait, petitions, and the occasional conspiracy theory to Americans.
The international police organization Interpol plans to condemn the spread of st...
Nicole PerlrothInterpol telling me this Reuter’s story is inaccurate:
Dear Ms Perlroth,
As per our statement there are, and were, no plans at this time for the INTERPOL General Secretariat to issue a statement in relation to encryption.
Recent revelations in India show that the threat from the company’s spyware to activists and journalists isn’t limited to autocratic regimes.
Nicole PerlrothNew: We tracked down NSO Group’s targets in India. What we discovered is that even countries with passing scores on human rights will use this spyware to track journalists and human rights lawyers, given the chance. nytimes.com/2019/11/09/tec… with @vindugoel
The Justice Department’s charges raised questions about the security of technology companies.
Nicole PerlrothAfter @Twitter op, Saudis started hacking directly into dissidents' phones via spyware. MBS' surveillance efforts are getting more aggressive, sources say, after Khashoggi's murder. By looking away, WH told "KSA that they are held to a very long leash."
In a federal lawsuit, the messaging service said the firm had targeted 1,400 WhatsApp accounts, including 100 journalists and human-rights activists.
Nicole PerlrothNEW: In a first of its kind case, WhatsApp is suing NSO Group for abusing its product and human rights abuse after discovering 1400 WhatsApp users were targeted with NSO's spyware, including- no surprise here-- 100 journalists, human rights activists.