Author name: Tristan de Souza

Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 28 June 2021

Recent developments in Europe highlights the geopolitical-cybersecurity nexus, where Poland was targeted in a concerted attack allegedly by the Russian-linked group, UNC1151. Polish officials claim that the attack focused on more than 30 parliamentarians and government officials and was part of a campaign to sow political division and undermine the national bureaucracy. In a related

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 21 June 2021

In the Americas, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to advance a proposed ban on approvals for telecommunications equipment from Chinese firms deemed a national security threat. The FBI warned that some followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory could engage in ‘real-world violence’ against Democrats and other political opposition as the group’s predictions fail

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 7 June 2021

In the Americas, the US National Security Council urged companies to take ‘critical steps’ to protect against ‘serious’ and ‘increasing’ cybersecurity threats. A ransomware attack targeting the world’s largest meat supplier, Brazil-headquartered JBS, has led to significant disruption to the company’s operations in the US, Canada, and Australia. The FBI confirmed that the Russian-linked ransomware,

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 10 May 2021

In the Americas, the administration of US President Joe Biden is now supporting a temporary waiver on intellectual property (IP) protections on COVID-19 vaccines, reversing its previous stance. A cyberattack targeted Colonial Pipeline, which delivers approximately 45 per cent of the East Coast’s fuel, highlighting risks to national critical infrastructure in the US. DarkSide ransomware

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 4 May 2021

Executive Summary In the Americas, Washington DC’s police department acknowledged unauthorised activity on its computer server and said that it had contacted the FBI to investigate the matter, amid widespread reports of the department being targeted by a Russian-speaking hacker group. It is now believed that the Babuk ransomware was responsible. Japanese automaker Nissan announced

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