Terror suspect arrested in Oslo attack

Pierre-Henry Deshayes with Viken Kantarci Norwegian police have arrested a man suspected of “Islamist terrorism” after two people were killed and 21 wounded in shootings near a gay bar in Oslo on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), causing the city’s Pride march to be canceled. But despite the official march being called off, thousands spontaneously gathered…

DR Congo welcomes deployment of regional force to fight rebels

Kinshasa says it will not accept the participation of Rwandan troops in any regional force to fight the M23 rebels. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed Kenya’s proposal to deploy a regional force to fight the M23 rebel group in the east of the country, but said it won’t accept neighbour Rwanda’s…

Ransomware-as-a-service: Understanding the cybercrime gig economy and how to protect yourself (Microsoft Security)

The cybercriminal economy is a continuously evolving connected ecosystem of many players with different techniques, goals, and skillsets. In the same way our traditional economy has shifted toward gig workers for efficiency, criminals are learning that there’s less work and less risk involved by renting or selling their tools for a portion of the profits…

NSO Confirms Pegasus Spyware Used by at least 5 European Countries

The beleaguered Israeli surveillanceware vendor NSO Group this week admitted to the European Union lawmakers that its Pegasus tool was used by at least five countries in the region. “We’re trying to do the right thing and that’s more than other companies working in the industry,” Chaim Gelfand, the company’s general counsel and chief compliance…

US imposes terrorist designation on man tied to Russian White supremacist group

The United States government on Wednesday designated an individual connected to the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) — an ultranationalist, White supremacist organization — as a terrorist and sanctioned two others for involvement with the group. The organization and three of its leaders were classified as terrorists in 2020 by the US State Department — the first time…

Conservationists Seek Halt of Major Australian Gas Project

Conservationists are launching a federal court challenge against a major gas project off Western Australia’s coast. Campaigners insist the plan would be, in their words, a “really, really big carbon bomb,” although the company involved says it has passed rigorous environmental scrutiny. The Scarborough gas field is a natural gas field located in the Indian…

ALPHV ransomware group developed a search website for stolen data

The ALPHV ransomware group (also known as BlackCat) has devised a new method of threatening its targets. The group cleverly designed websites that let its victims’ employees and customers review if hackers stole their data during an attack. Most of the time, some threat groups will use the stolen data for double-extortion tactics, in which the adversaries…

Former U.S. Military Pilot Admits Acting as Paid Agent of China

A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot-turned-civilian-contractor pleaded guilty in federal court today, admitting that he acted as an unregistered agent of China and accepted thousands of dollars from representatives of the Chinese government to provide aviation-related information from his defense-contractor employers. He also pleaded guilty to making related false statements during national security background checks….

67% Of Business Suffer Repeat Cyber Attacks Within 12 Months

Two-thirds of companies that suffered cyber attacks were hit again within a year, according to a global study by the extended security posture management firm Cymulate. According to the report, 40% of the businesses were attacked within 12 months, with an average of 1.3 cyber attacks per year. However, 10% of the firms experienced ten…