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07/19/2021
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It's a big day for the U.S. and its allies taking on Chinese government hackers. Amnesty International challenges New York police over facial recognition tech. And Telegram gets some security flaw news. This is CyberScoop for July 19, 2021.

US, allies conduct multi-front response to Chinese hacking

The U.S. and international partners formally said on Monday that Chinese government hackers were behind the Microsoft Exchange Server breach that led to ransomware attacks on tens of thousands of victims worldwide. The DOJ also announced charges against four alleged Chinese hackers for a series of attacks between 2011 and 2018. It's one of the broadest efforts of the Biden administration to date against Beijing over its cyberspace activities. Tim Starks breaks it down.


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Federal cyber agencies outline Chinese hacking motives, techniques

Also Monday, the NSA, FBI and CISA released a technical report on "aggressive" Chinese hacking operations. The agencies said they "have observed increasingly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored cyber activity targeting U.S. political, economic, military, educational, and [critical infrastructure] personnel and organizations." China denied the allegations, as it denied involvement with the Microsoft Exchange Server breach. Sean Lyngaas had the scoop on the alert.


Watchdogs go after NYPD surveillance tech

Amnesty International and the Surveillance and Technology Oversight Project are suing the New York Police Department for records related to its use of surveillance technologies during Black Lives Matter protests last summer. The records have the potential to shed light on the number of arrests carried out based on facial recognition technology during protests that roiled New York last year and how much money police spent on the technologies. The lawsuit comes as lawmakers in Washington direct closer attention to the dangers of police use of facial recognition technology. Tonya Riley has more.


Message for Telegram: You have some vulnerabilities

A group of international cryptographers discovered and revealed four flaws in the popular encrypted message app Telegram. The vulnerabilities for the app, which claims over 500 million monthly users, ranged "from technically trivial and easy to exploit to more advanced and of theoretical interest," the researchers said. All have been fixed. Telegram relies on its own encryption protocol rather than more widely used ones, a practice sometimes eyed skeptically by cryptographers. Tim has this one, too.


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