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05/04/2022
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The DHS Disinformation Governance Board gets some blowback. Google tracks government hackers' campaigns in and around Ukraine. And the Biden administration is aiming to protect U.S. IT infrastructure against quantum computers. This is CyberScoop for May 4.

Backlash against DHS disinformation board grows

Discontent and confusion over the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board continues to simmer several days after DHS announced the entity. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas spent the weekend apologizing for the agency’s poor communication during the rollout of the board as GOP legislators lambasted the agency for the vagueness of the board’s mandate, particularly given what they called “the potential serious consequences of a government entity identifying and responding to ‘disinformation.’” While disinformation scholars were in agreement that the agency’s poor communication of the board’s purpose was problematic, Herb Lin of Stanford said he believes the right would have attacked the board regardless of how effectively DHS rolled it out. Suzanne Smalley has the story.


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Government hackers staying busy with Ukraine

Government-aligned hackers from China, Russia, Belarus and other places have been quite busy in Ukraine and the region, researchers with Google's Threat Analysis Group said in a brief update Tuesday. The crews are either directly involved in aspects of Russia's ongoing assault on Ukraine, or are using the situation in phishing lures for their own purposes. In just the last few weeks multiple Russian hacking groups, from various parts of the government, have been waging campaigns, for instance. A Belarusian crew has been pitching in to Russia's cause, and a Chinese crew has been using the situation to go after all sides, the researchers said. AJ Vicens has more.


White House launches plan to safeguard US infrastructure against quantum computers of the future

The Biden administration announced plans to sign a policy directive to help jumpstart what will likely be a long and complex process to secure the United States’ IT infrastructure against in-the-making quantum supercomputers. Though a fully operational quantum-driven computing machine is yet to exist, a number of nations and major companies are hustling to bring one completely into fruition. Once functioning, such an advanced system is anticipated to break much of the cryptography that currently protects modern digital communication on the internet.  This national security memorandum, detailed by the White House on Wednesday, outlines the administration’s initial plan to confront these risks that future quantum technologies pose to America’s economic and public safety — with help from federal agencies, academia and the private sector. Read Brandi Vincent's story at FedScoop.


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