Author name: Tristan de Souza

Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 6 December 2021

In the Americas, a suspected Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) group has over the past three months breached four US defence and technology firms, it was revealed on 2 December. Globally at least 13 organisations across industries including defence, health care, energy, and transportation have been breached. The report indicates an escalation in alleged cyber-espionage

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 15 November 2021

In the Americas, US President Joe Biden announced a one-year extension to a ban on US investments in some Chinese companies owned or controlled by China’s military. The move, which extends a policy first imposed by the Trump administration, affects 59 Chinese firms including telecoms giant Huawei, chipmaker SMIC, and oil group CNOOC. Multinational wholesale

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 8 November 2021

In this week’s monitoring brief, US-China relations revolved around technology and security. During the reporting period, FBI Director Chris Wray revealed that the majority of cyberattacks against American companies originated from China, warning that these attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. There has been a rising trend with attack or espionage operations vectoring into an organisation’s

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 2 November 2021

In the Americas, Michigan-based automaker Ford announced it will halt production at its plant in Hermosillo, Sonora state, from 1 to 5 November amid unspecified material shortages. While the union’s statement does not name the materials in short supply, they are highly likely to be semiconductors amid an ongoing global chip shortage which has significantly

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 27 September 2021

In the Americas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will remain in government after winning most seats during the 20 September general election. Meanwhile, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Czech Republic-based cryptocurrency exchange SUEX OTC for allegedly facilitating illicit ransomware payments. This marked the first time

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