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Kaspersky’s charm offensive: A Russian cybersecurity company launches a PR campaign

By Dr. Solvita Denisa-Liepniece, for CEPA Kaspersky is popular in Russia, less so elsewhere. Vladimir Putin called the cybersecurity company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, Russia’s answer to Elon Musk. The KGB-trained software expert founded the company (then known as Kaspersky Lab) in 1997; it became one of the most popular antivirus program providers in the world.  Recently, it has had a rough ride. The U.S. has banned its software for government use.

COVID is not the only virus: Russian cyberattacks are hardening Europe’s resolve​

By Franklin Holcomb, for CEPA The Kremlin uses its cyber toolkit to spread political disunity, delegitimize and destabilize national governments, and compromise European security. Russia’s operations target everything from European civil society and state institutions to energy and transport companies and banks. European states and EU institutions are hardening their cyber defenses but the Russian government has yet to be deterred.  Germany has recently taken the lead in the EU in responding to Russian cyber aggression. On May 13, Angela Merkel revealed that hackers linked to the GRU

Bolstering electoral cyber resiliense in Ukraine

By Merle Malgre, for CEPA Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in a hurry to reform the country. Cybersecurity seem to be high on the agenda. And rightly so, as Ukraine is known to be a test-bed for the Kremlin’s cyber offense. As Politico wrote, “open warfare with Russia, a highly-skilled, computer-literate pool of talent and a uniquely vulnerable political, economic and IT environment have made the country the perfect sandbox for

Cyber attacks on defense minister undermine bilateral relations

By Dalia Bankauskaitė, for CEPA On 18 January, Lithuania experienced a cyber attack  aimed at TV3.lt—the website of a major Lithuanian TV channel—in which hackers inserted false information about Raimundas Karoblis, the minister of national defense. According to the story, Karoblis admitted to being gay and was accused of sexual harassment by a well-known radio journalist and some diplomats. In contrast to previous cyber attacks on the country, this story

NATO Needs an Offensive Cybersecurity Policy

By Barbara Roggeveen, for Atlantic Council Modern-day warfare is as much about cyberattacks and the protection of communication and information systems as it is about kinetic military action. In 2016, NATO’s institutional networks experienced on average 500 cyberattacks a month—an increase of roughly 60 percent from the year before. Other recent, high-profile, transnational cyberattacks, such as the WannaCry ransomware attack and Petya, highlight the urgent need for NATO and its

Opening Cyber Salvo in the French Elections

This is gonna be a very interesting cyber conflict On Feb 1st, 2017, Wikileaks began tweeting about the candidates in the French election coming up in a few months. This election (along with Germany’s later this year) is a very highly anticipated overt cyber conflict, one that many people in the intelligence, infosec and natsec communities are all paying attention to. We all saw what happened in the US and expect

Major Cyber Attacks on ‘False Propaganda’ Swedish Media

A series of coordinated cyber attacks knocked Sweden’s main newspapers offline for several hours over the weekend, with early reports suggesting the attacks originated from Russia. An anonymous threat was posted to Twitter several hours before the attacks, stating: “The following days attacks against the Swedish government and media spreading false propaganda will be targetted [sic].” The online editions of at least seven newspapers were compromised as a result of

Russian Hackers Behind Attack on Ukraine’s Power Grid, Researchers Claim

The alleged cyber-attack that led to a temporary outage of the Ukrainian power grid was likely perpetrared by Russian hackers, according to US researchers. The cybersecurity research team iSIGHT Partners told Infosecurity Magazine that it was the work of the Russian hacker collective known as the Sandworm Team. Ukraine’s state security service has also blamed Russia for the blackout in Ukraine’s western Ivano-Frankivsk region on December 23 that affected about

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