The administration of US President Joe Biden is developing a new plan to protect the country’s electricity sector from cyber attacks, Bloomberg reports, citing sources.
According to the agency’s interlocutors, Deputy Assistant to the US President for National Security Ann Nyberger and the country’s Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm discussed this issue with industry representatives on March 16. The plan includes a new strategy for cooperation with companies to prevent hacking. It is noted that in the coming weeks it will be presented.
According to the report, the US authorities decided to start with the power grid, as they are important for the economy of the United States. In addition, it indicates that they decided so in connection with the increased attacks on these networks, which are carried out by foreign hackers.
Earlier, the US corporation Microsoft reported the discovery of four critical zero-day vulnerabilities in its messaging service. According to the company, the security gaps found have already been exploited by a professional group of hackers from China — Hafnium, who attacked a number of US departments, organizations, universities, government contractors, NGOs, and analytical centers in order to steal classified data.
Before that, it became known that an unknown hacker tried to poison a city in the United States by hacking a water treatment plant.
Members of the Bundestag and local parliaments were subjected to cyber-attacks. According to German intelligence agencies, Russian intelligence may be behind the hacking, writes Spiegel.
At least seven federal deputies and 31 members of parliament from the land legislatures tried to hack the personal e-mail. It is assumed that we are talking about the group of hackers Ghostwriter, allegedly associated with the Russian special service GRU.
Hackers are known to have used phishing emails. Whether they managed to achieve information leakage is not reported. Politicians from the parties belonging to the ruling coalition were attacked. The attack also affected political activists from Hamburg and Bremen.
In February, the head of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), Erik Akerbom, spoke about catching hackers from Russia and China: according to him, they threaten the country’s security, infrastructure, and business on a daily basis.
Many computers running Windows have become victims of the attack of the new version of the dangerous Purple Fox virus. This is reported in the release of the organization in the field of cybersecurity GuardiCore.
It is noted that previously malicious software (software) was distributed using sets of exploits and phishing emails, and now it has received a worm-like module. As a result, infecting one device enables Purple Fox to scan and attack other Windows systems available on the network.
According to experts, since May 2020, the number of attacks by the new version of the malware has increased by 600 percent, reaching tens of thousands. Earlier, GuardiCore employees recorded more than 90 thousand attacks on users. The researchers also believe that hackers were able to inject dangerous software on nearly two thousand compromised servers.
Purple Fox is designed to be safe from the victim. For example, after infecting a computer, the software launches a rootkit — a set of software tools that mask the actions of the malware.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova jokingly spoke about the incident with US President Joe Biden, who tripped and nearly fell three times while climbing the plane.
“The fall of Biden on the ladder of the presidential plane was simply explained.” It’s very windy on the street, “said Karin Jean-Pierre, a White House spokesman.
It is strange that not “Russian hackers”, but just the wind, “Zakharova jokingly spoke on her Facebook page.
Previously, footage of the incident with the American leader was posted on the Web by journalists from the presidential pool. They show how Biden quickly climbs the plane’s ladder, but at some point, he stumbles. As a result, the President of the United States stumbled three times and nearly fell for the last time, but was able to get up and get on the plane without assistance.
The hackers downloaded the voice messages from the Clubhouse and forwarded them to a third-party site. Bloomberg writes about it.
A week after the popular audio chat Clubhouse said it was taking steps to prevent hackers or spies from stealing user data, one attacker proved that the platform’s live audio could be removed.
An unknown user was able to transfer voice messages from Clubhouse to his third-party site.
While Clubhouse is responsible for user experiences such as adding new friends and finding rooms, the platform is left to a Chinese company to handle data and audio product traffic.
“Clubhouse cannot promise the confidentiality of conversations held anywhere in the world,” said Alex Stamos, the former head of security at Facebook.
What is Clubhouse
The clubhouse is a new social network based on audio chats. The program was founded by entrepreneur Paul Davison and ex-Google employee Rohan Seth at the beginning of the pandemic. The idea of creating a Clubhouse arose against the background of Covid-19, people needed communication for self-isolation.
The main difference between such a social network from Google meet, Zoom and other communication programs are that in the Clubhouse it is impossible to talk through video, to save a recording of a voice chat. That is, people do not need to worry about how they look, what they are doing, and where they are in the course of a discussion, a dialogue on certain topics. And the main thing is that ordinary people can communicate with celebrities, which is almost impossible to do in other applications.
Despite the fact that Clubhouse was launched only last year, the wave of those who want to become a member is very large, especially after the chat with Musk.