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Let Us Begin by Defining Cyber Espionage. " In the cyber world, spies are armies of malevolent hackers from all over the world who engage in cyber warfare for economic, political, or military gain. In addition, individuals, such as famous political leaders and government officials, business executives, and even celebrities, can also target campaigns. Unfortunately, few cyber security training courses are designed to prevent cybercriminals from breaching your data. Check out the top cyber security courses online to make sure fraudsters don't attack you.
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Supply chain attacks 2021SolarWinds APT Targets Tech Resellers in Latest Supply-Chain CyberattacksOriginal article: https://threatpost. v=RMq8BN_RBRcThe SolarWinds attackers – an advanced persistent threat (APT) known as Nobelium – have started a new wave of supply-chain intrusions, this time using the technology reseller/service provider community to attack their targets. The activity has affected victims in North America and Europe thus far, researchers said, and the goal is espionage: Nobelium has been linked to the Russian government’s foreign intelligence service, known as SVR. According to an analysis from Mandiant and Microsoft, Nobelium isn’t exploiting a vulnerability or, as was the case with SolarWinds, trojanizing legitimate code. Instead, it’s infiltrating reseller networks using tried-and-true tactics like credential-stuffing and phishing, as well as API abuse and token theft, in order to gather legitimate account credentials and privileged access to reseller networks.
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Web New 2021-11-12
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Is Flying Monkey 5e dnd overpowered Familiar?Your 5e flying monkey may be the most striking thing about it.

Espionage is one of the primary uses for familiars.

Regular familiars, such as birds, cats, vermin, and small animals, can wander freely around cities and camps without being detected.

The novelty of having a flying monkey can be a problem unless it has an exceptional ability all its own.Cool and thematic, a dnd 5e flying monkey familiar is excellent.

You wouldn’t have nerfed climb and fly speeds.

An extraordinary familiar doesn’t destabilize play and can often provide a lot of enjoyment for interested players.

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Lawrence Bowman 2019-08-07
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Security researchers at FireEye have warned that APT41, one of the most effective hacking teams backed by the Chinese government, also dabbles in cyber crime operations for cash.

The warning came in a new report from FireEye, which said that members of API41 carried out state-sponsored espionage activity in parallel, along with with financially motivated operations.

The dual nature of this hacking group should not come as a surprise, as government’s tend to keep such groups at a certain distance in order to maintain deniable plausibility if their operations are uncovered.

But FireEye says that APT41 is unique among tracked China-based actors, in that it utilises non-public malware typically reserved for espionage campaigns, for cyber operations designed for personal gain.

“Explicit financially-motivated targeting is unusual among Chinese state-sponsored threat groups, and evidence suggests APT41 has conducted simultaneous cyber crime and cyber espionage operations from 2014 onward,” blogged FireEye.

It said that like other Chinese espionage operators, APT41 espionage targeting has generally aligned with China’s Five-Year economic development plans.

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Wayne Strickland 2017-01-17
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Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who was convicted under the Espionage Act for her Wikileaks disclosures, will be released from prison on May 17 this year, the New York Times and AP reports.Manning s sentence otherwise stretched to 2045, had Obama not commuted the majority of it in his final days as President.The White House boasted today that Obama has now granted more commutations than any president in this nation s history.

The Obama administration, however, has set records for its use of the Espionage Act.Obama has not offered clemency to Edward Snowden, who was also convicted under the Espionage Act.

Last week, human rights groups presented the White House with a petition to pardon Snowden signed by 1 million people.

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Ronald Gibson 2019-06-25
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Revealed: Long-running espionage campaign targets phone carriers to snoop on VIPs' location, call records

Hackers infiltrated the networks of at least ten cellular telcos around the world, and remained hidden for years, as part of a long-running tightly targeted surveillance operation, The Register has learned.

This espionage campaign is still ongoing, it is claimed.

Whoever it was, the snoops apparently spent the past seven or more years inside ten-plus cellphone networks dotted around the planet.

These VPN services were not detected by the telcos' IT staff.

"They figured out there was a lot of lag in using hacked machines, and said: let's install a VPN and get it over with.

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Donald Mansour 2017-08-15
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Corporate espionage and capitalistic one-upmanship might not sound as exciting a subject for a video game as the cutthroat world of international super spies, but here’s The Low Road to prove us wrong – or at least, it starts off that way.

Set in the mid-1970s, the game (available on PC) sees players take on the role of Noomi, a new agent working for corporate espionage company L.I.E.S.

(no beating around the bush here).

She’s at the bottom of the ladder, tasked with boring desk work, and your job is to call people up and get them to leak information.

Sadly, the opening turns out to be the most exciting part of the game, with everything else just your standard point-and-click.

Like Papers, Please or This Is the Police or any other release where a mind-numbing job is turned into an involving game, the act of sifting through reams of information is surprisingly engaging.

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Dave Rogriguez 2016-06-21
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FireEye's data is laid out in new report -- Red Line Drawn: China Recalculates its Use of Cyber Espionage -- and is based upon the activity of 72 groups that are suspected of operating in China or otherwise supporting Chinese state interests.

The changed approach to operations is thought to be because of China's ongoing military reforms, the widespread exposure of Chinese cyber-operations and the actions taken by the US government -- such as threats of sanctions -- in an effort to curb cyber espionage.

It's these neighbours which find themselves the victims of one particularly type of attack: spear phishing, which is used to compromise networks in the name of espionage in a region which is a hotbed of diplomatic tension.

But whoever is carrying out cyber espionage on behalf of China, it's working.

The company also points out that in the hyper-connected world, China is far from the only state-backed hacking threat.

The landscape we confront today is far more complex and diverse, less dominated by Chinese activity, and increasingly populated by a range of other criminal and state actors," the report concludes.

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Henry Lawrence 2021-06-09
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Massive trove can be used for ransomware, espionage, and more.
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William Garza 2018-02-18
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The Spyscape museum, an interactive exhibit chronicling the history of espionage, just opened in New York City, and it offers an experience you won’t likely encounter outside of a Jason Bourne movie.

Located on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, the museum visit begins with a top-level briefing aboard one of the largest elevators in the world.

The tour through seven exhibition spaces include hands-on experience with surveillance, encryption, deception, hacking, and intelligence operations.

Shelby Prichard, Spyscape’s chief of staff, told Metro that he thinks the museum will make people more aware of the role of espionage and surveillance in modern society.

“We hope this will be a really empowering experience for people to start to see their world differently, see themselves differently, and understand how the types of skills that spies use can be relevant to their daily lives,” he said.

“We show how the world of espionage is all around you,” he added.

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Theodore Davis 2021-07-19
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US: Chinese state-backed hackers perpetrated "massive cyber espionage operation."
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Randy Rowald 2017-12-21
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2016 saw a significant drop-off in cyber-espionage by China in the wake of a 2015 agreement between US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jingping.

But over the course of 2017, espionage-focused breach attempts by Chinese hackers have once again been on the rise, according to researchers at CrowdStrike.

The attackers were likely companies contracted by the Chinese military, according to Adam Myers, vice president of intelligence at CrowdStrike.

The US did so in the wake of the massive breach at the Office of Management and Budget—an operation attributed to China—and a vast economic espionage campaign in which Chinese hackers were alleged to have breached more than 600 organizations in the US over a five-year period.

But Myers told Ars that the drop may also have been because of a reorganization of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), in which "they did a rightsizing and reduced 300 positions out of PLA's cyber-operations units," Myers said.

The reduction in the PLA's internal offensive hacking capabilities led to an increased reliance on nongovernmental entities in China to perform digital espionage—much as Russia and Iran have turned to contractors (and, in some cases, cyber-criminals) to bolster the capabilities of their intelligence organizations.

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Carlos Edelstein 2019-08-12
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A Chinese threat actor, known to have perpetrated a series of state-sponsored espionage attacks, has been covertly staging financially motivated activities targeting the video game industry.

According to cybersecurity firm FireEye, the cyber threat group — dubbed Advanced Persistent Threat 41 (APT41) — is unique in that “it leverages non-public malware typically reserved for espionage campaigns in what appears to be activity for personal gain.”

While the group appears to have been active at least since 2012, the public disclosure suggests that its twin motivations became apparent from 2014 onward.

Called Barium or Winnti by other companies, APT41 has been previously linked to various supply chain compromises targeting Asus, NetSarang, and CCleaner utility in recent years.

Balancing espionage and financially motivated attacks

APT41 is said to have launched several intelligence gathering campaigns ahead of crucial political events and strategic business decisions, with focus on verticals like pharma, healthcare, retail, education, and virtual currencies.

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David Reilly 2019-03-14
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to legally buy into the american critical infrastructure are trying to Russia and China access to sensitive information for espionage against Sweden, according to Säpo.

– It is very difficult to stop, " says kontraspionagechef Daniel Stenling.

Russia also investing near military installations, according to the Fbi.

the security Police raises in its annual report for the year 2018 up the security threat from 15 countries engaged in espionage against Sweden, and it is especially Russia and China, which are singled out.

the Fbi says that the threat against Sweden has been broadened - it is made up increasingly by a variety of methods and areas of interest, ranging from classic flyktingspionage on opposition in exile, and industrial espionage to the unlawful intelligence activities directed against american politics, economy, research, etc.

And it is done with a big toolbox, from hacker attacks from home to the local, strategic investments in Sweden that is fully legal.

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William Gonzales 2017-11-07
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Previously unknown hacking group found targeting foreign policy and diplomatic targets

A previously unknown espionage group dubbed ‘Sowbug’ has been discovered targeting foreign policy institutions and diplomatic targets in South America and South East Asia.

Researchers at Symantec first became aware of the collective in March when it observed a piece of malware called ‘Felismus’, which looked to extract data from targets.

It is believed the group has been active since early 2015, possibly earlier, and has infiltrated organisations in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Brunei and Malaysia.

“While cyber espionage attacks are often seen against targets in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, it is much less common to see South American countries targeted,” said the researchers.

“However, the number of active cyber espionage operations has increased steadily in recent years and the emergence of Sowbug is a reminder that no region is immune to this kind of threat.”

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James Neely 2021-03-24
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The company’s investigation into a Chinese espionage campaign took researchers beyond Facebook’s own platforms.
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Nilesh Parashar 2021-11-19
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Let Us Begin by Defining Cyber Espionage. " In the cyber world, spies are armies of malevolent hackers from all over the world who engage in cyber warfare for economic, political, or military gain. In addition, individuals, such as famous political leaders and government officials, business executives, and even celebrities, can also target campaigns. Unfortunately, few cyber security training courses are designed to prevent cybercriminals from breaching your data. Check out the top cyber security courses online to make sure fraudsters don't attack you.
Web New 2021-11-12
img

Is Flying Monkey 5e dnd overpowered Familiar?Your 5e flying monkey may be the most striking thing about it.

Espionage is one of the primary uses for familiars.

Regular familiars, such as birds, cats, vermin, and small animals, can wander freely around cities and camps without being detected.

The novelty of having a flying monkey can be a problem unless it has an exceptional ability all its own.Cool and thematic, a dnd 5e flying monkey familiar is excellent.

You wouldn’t have nerfed climb and fly speeds.

An extraordinary familiar doesn’t destabilize play and can often provide a lot of enjoyment for interested players.

Wayne Strickland 2017-01-17
img

Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who was convicted under the Espionage Act for her Wikileaks disclosures, will be released from prison on May 17 this year, the New York Times and AP reports.Manning s sentence otherwise stretched to 2045, had Obama not commuted the majority of it in his final days as President.The White House boasted today that Obama has now granted more commutations than any president in this nation s history.

The Obama administration, however, has set records for its use of the Espionage Act.Obama has not offered clemency to Edward Snowden, who was also convicted under the Espionage Act.

Last week, human rights groups presented the White House with a petition to pardon Snowden signed by 1 million people.

Donald Mansour 2017-08-15
img

Corporate espionage and capitalistic one-upmanship might not sound as exciting a subject for a video game as the cutthroat world of international super spies, but here’s The Low Road to prove us wrong – or at least, it starts off that way.

Set in the mid-1970s, the game (available on PC) sees players take on the role of Noomi, a new agent working for corporate espionage company L.I.E.S.

(no beating around the bush here).

She’s at the bottom of the ladder, tasked with boring desk work, and your job is to call people up and get them to leak information.

Sadly, the opening turns out to be the most exciting part of the game, with everything else just your standard point-and-click.

Like Papers, Please or This Is the Police or any other release where a mind-numbing job is turned into an involving game, the act of sifting through reams of information is surprisingly engaging.

Henry Lawrence 2021-06-09
img
Massive trove can be used for ransomware, espionage, and more.
Theodore Davis 2021-07-19
img
US: Chinese state-backed hackers perpetrated "massive cyber espionage operation."
Carlos Edelstein 2019-08-12
img

A Chinese threat actor, known to have perpetrated a series of state-sponsored espionage attacks, has been covertly staging financially motivated activities targeting the video game industry.

According to cybersecurity firm FireEye, the cyber threat group — dubbed Advanced Persistent Threat 41 (APT41) — is unique in that “it leverages non-public malware typically reserved for espionage campaigns in what appears to be activity for personal gain.”

While the group appears to have been active at least since 2012, the public disclosure suggests that its twin motivations became apparent from 2014 onward.

Called Barium or Winnti by other companies, APT41 has been previously linked to various supply chain compromises targeting Asus, NetSarang, and CCleaner utility in recent years.

Balancing espionage and financially motivated attacks

APT41 is said to have launched several intelligence gathering campaigns ahead of crucial political events and strategic business decisions, with focus on verticals like pharma, healthcare, retail, education, and virtual currencies.

William Gonzales 2017-11-07
img

Previously unknown hacking group found targeting foreign policy and diplomatic targets

A previously unknown espionage group dubbed ‘Sowbug’ has been discovered targeting foreign policy institutions and diplomatic targets in South America and South East Asia.

Researchers at Symantec first became aware of the collective in March when it observed a piece of malware called ‘Felismus’, which looked to extract data from targets.

It is believed the group has been active since early 2015, possibly earlier, and has infiltrated organisations in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Brunei and Malaysia.

“While cyber espionage attacks are often seen against targets in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, it is much less common to see South American countries targeted,” said the researchers.

“However, the number of active cyber espionage operations has increased steadily in recent years and the emergence of Sowbug is a reminder that no region is immune to this kind of threat.”

cyne ruler 2021-11-19
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Supply chain attacks 2021SolarWinds APT Targets Tech Resellers in Latest Supply-Chain CyberattacksOriginal article: https://threatpost. v=RMq8BN_RBRcThe SolarWinds attackers – an advanced persistent threat (APT) known as Nobelium – have started a new wave of supply-chain intrusions, this time using the technology reseller/service provider community to attack their targets. The activity has affected victims in North America and Europe thus far, researchers said, and the goal is espionage: Nobelium has been linked to the Russian government’s foreign intelligence service, known as SVR. According to an analysis from Mandiant and Microsoft, Nobelium isn’t exploiting a vulnerability or, as was the case with SolarWinds, trojanizing legitimate code. Instead, it’s infiltrating reseller networks using tried-and-true tactics like credential-stuffing and phishing, as well as API abuse and token theft, in order to gather legitimate account credentials and privileged access to reseller networks.
Lawrence Bowman 2019-08-07
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Security researchers at FireEye have warned that APT41, one of the most effective hacking teams backed by the Chinese government, also dabbles in cyber crime operations for cash.

The warning came in a new report from FireEye, which said that members of API41 carried out state-sponsored espionage activity in parallel, along with with financially motivated operations.

The dual nature of this hacking group should not come as a surprise, as government’s tend to keep such groups at a certain distance in order to maintain deniable plausibility if their operations are uncovered.

But FireEye says that APT41 is unique among tracked China-based actors, in that it utilises non-public malware typically reserved for espionage campaigns, for cyber operations designed for personal gain.

“Explicit financially-motivated targeting is unusual among Chinese state-sponsored threat groups, and evidence suggests APT41 has conducted simultaneous cyber crime and cyber espionage operations from 2014 onward,” blogged FireEye.

It said that like other Chinese espionage operators, APT41 espionage targeting has generally aligned with China’s Five-Year economic development plans.

Ronald Gibson 2019-06-25
img

Revealed: Long-running espionage campaign targets phone carriers to snoop on VIPs' location, call records

Hackers infiltrated the networks of at least ten cellular telcos around the world, and remained hidden for years, as part of a long-running tightly targeted surveillance operation, The Register has learned.

This espionage campaign is still ongoing, it is claimed.

Whoever it was, the snoops apparently spent the past seven or more years inside ten-plus cellphone networks dotted around the planet.

These VPN services were not detected by the telcos' IT staff.

"They figured out there was a lot of lag in using hacked machines, and said: let's install a VPN and get it over with.

Dave Rogriguez 2016-06-21
img

FireEye's data is laid out in new report -- Red Line Drawn: China Recalculates its Use of Cyber Espionage -- and is based upon the activity of 72 groups that are suspected of operating in China or otherwise supporting Chinese state interests.

The changed approach to operations is thought to be because of China's ongoing military reforms, the widespread exposure of Chinese cyber-operations and the actions taken by the US government -- such as threats of sanctions -- in an effort to curb cyber espionage.

It's these neighbours which find themselves the victims of one particularly type of attack: spear phishing, which is used to compromise networks in the name of espionage in a region which is a hotbed of diplomatic tension.

But whoever is carrying out cyber espionage on behalf of China, it's working.

The company also points out that in the hyper-connected world, China is far from the only state-backed hacking threat.

The landscape we confront today is far more complex and diverse, less dominated by Chinese activity, and increasingly populated by a range of other criminal and state actors," the report concludes.

William Garza 2018-02-18
img

The Spyscape museum, an interactive exhibit chronicling the history of espionage, just opened in New York City, and it offers an experience you won’t likely encounter outside of a Jason Bourne movie.

Located on 8th Avenue in Manhattan, the museum visit begins with a top-level briefing aboard one of the largest elevators in the world.

The tour through seven exhibition spaces include hands-on experience with surveillance, encryption, deception, hacking, and intelligence operations.

Shelby Prichard, Spyscape’s chief of staff, told Metro that he thinks the museum will make people more aware of the role of espionage and surveillance in modern society.

“We hope this will be a really empowering experience for people to start to see their world differently, see themselves differently, and understand how the types of skills that spies use can be relevant to their daily lives,” he said.

“We show how the world of espionage is all around you,” he added.

Randy Rowald 2017-12-21
img

2016 saw a significant drop-off in cyber-espionage by China in the wake of a 2015 agreement between US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jingping.

But over the course of 2017, espionage-focused breach attempts by Chinese hackers have once again been on the rise, according to researchers at CrowdStrike.

The attackers were likely companies contracted by the Chinese military, according to Adam Myers, vice president of intelligence at CrowdStrike.

The US did so in the wake of the massive breach at the Office of Management and Budget—an operation attributed to China—and a vast economic espionage campaign in which Chinese hackers were alleged to have breached more than 600 organizations in the US over a five-year period.

But Myers told Ars that the drop may also have been because of a reorganization of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), in which "they did a rightsizing and reduced 300 positions out of PLA's cyber-operations units," Myers said.

The reduction in the PLA's internal offensive hacking capabilities led to an increased reliance on nongovernmental entities in China to perform digital espionage—much as Russia and Iran have turned to contractors (and, in some cases, cyber-criminals) to bolster the capabilities of their intelligence organizations.

David Reilly 2019-03-14
img

to legally buy into the american critical infrastructure are trying to Russia and China access to sensitive information for espionage against Sweden, according to Säpo.

– It is very difficult to stop, " says kontraspionagechef Daniel Stenling.

Russia also investing near military installations, according to the Fbi.

the security Police raises in its annual report for the year 2018 up the security threat from 15 countries engaged in espionage against Sweden, and it is especially Russia and China, which are singled out.

the Fbi says that the threat against Sweden has been broadened - it is made up increasingly by a variety of methods and areas of interest, ranging from classic flyktingspionage on opposition in exile, and industrial espionage to the unlawful intelligence activities directed against american politics, economy, research, etc.

And it is done with a big toolbox, from hacker attacks from home to the local, strategic investments in Sweden that is fully legal.

James Neely 2021-03-24
img
The company’s investigation into a Chinese espionage campaign took researchers beyond Facebook’s own platforms.