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08/24/2022
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A pro-Western influence campaign flops. Malware groups are getting trickier. And a new government proposal wants to shore up operational technology resilience. This is CyberScoop Aug. 24.

Pro-Western disinformation network exposed

A series of covert pro-Western social media campaigns promoted the interests of the United States while opposing countries such as Russia, China and Iran, researchers with the Stanford Internet Observatory Cyber Policy Center and Graphika said in a new report Wednesday. The report focused on covert activity that occurred alongside overt activity associated with the Trans-Regional Web Initiative between 2017 and July 2022. The activity represents "the most extensive case of covert pro-Western [information operations] on social media to be reviewed and analyzed by open-source researchers to date," the report concludes. AJ has it


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Industry-government council votes to upgrade OT security

Members of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee voted Tuesday to approve a proposal that would require all civilian agencies to monitor operational technology (OT) systems in real-time for security threats. Concerns over such systems have grown with recent attacks against operational technology used in water plants in both the U.S. and U.K. The draft report also recommends that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency should develop procurement language for operational technology.   FedScoop reports


Kaspersky details malware from two cross-platform ransomware groups

A pair of relatively new ransomware groups are deploying malware that can target multiple operating systems simultaneously, according to a new analysis from Kaspersky published Wednesday. RedAlert, a ransomware first seen in July and outed by MalwareHunterTeam, is one of the two latest groups to join the trend of cross-platform malware. The analysis also focused on Monster, another ransomware variant detected in July, that stands out for offering a graphical user interface (GUI), something rather uncommon in the space. Read the research


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