Geopolitics and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 16 August 2021

In the Americas, Spain recalled its ambassador to Nicaragua after the Nicaraguan government issued a highly critical statement accusing Madrid of interfering in the country’s internal affairs. The US Department of State also imposed new visa restrictions on 50 relatives of Nicaraguan government officials in response to a recent crackdown on opposition parties and media …

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Geopolitics and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 9 August 2021

In the Americas, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Chinese firms and businesses with significant China-based operations will face additional regulatory reviews when seeking to raise funds on US markets. US President Joe Biden announced that Hong Kong residents currently in the US will be allowed to stay for 18 months amid …

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Geopolitics and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 2 August 2021

In the Americas, tech giants Facebook and Google, as well as the ride-hailing company Lyft, announced that all employees returning to their US offices must be vaccinated against coronavirus. Researchers have uncovered a fake Android application posing as CoronApp, an official app released by the government of Colombia for tackling COVID-19. The app is downloaded …

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 19 July 2021

In the Americas, six US government departments and agencies warned companies against doing business in the western Chinese province due to the ‘high risk of violating US law’. In Canada, new funding proposals for university research partnerships will now require risk assessments to protect intellectual property (IP) rights and sensitive information from foreign powers. Facebook …

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly Brief – 5 July 2021

On 2 July, multiple reports emerged of a REvil ransomware incident and suspected supply-chain attack on US-based firm Kaseya – a remote management and monitoring (RMM) tool used by multiple managed service providers (MSPs). Kaseya has since appeared on the Happy Blog – REvil’s darknet leak site – and the ransomware gang is demanding a …

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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 – 14 June 2021

In the Americas, the world’s largest meat supplier, Brazil-headquartered JBS, announced that it had paid hackers approximately USD11m, reportedly in Bitcoin, to end a major ransomware attack affecting its computer networks in North America and Australia. San Francisco-based cloud computing services provider Fastly said that a global internet outage affecting major corporate and government entities was caused …

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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 – 1 June 2021

In the Americas, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill that penalises social media companies for barring political candidates from their platforms. Authorities in Alberta, Canada have asked four of the western province’s universities to halt new ties and review existing partnerships linked to China and the ruling Chinese Communist Party. In Asia, …

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