Category Archives: atlantic council

Iran-linked hackers used fake Atlantic Council-affiliated persona to target human rights researchers

On the face of it, the Twitter profile of a person calling herself Sara Shokouhi looks like any other earnest Middle East-focused researcher. Her tweets are a litany of retweets of various voices protesting the Iranian government. Her bio claims she’s completed a PhD from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At the top of her […]

Lawmakers want to restrict user data sales to nations like China, Russia

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Thursday that would create export controls for sensitive U.S. user data. The legislation takes aims at growing concerns about data brokers selling data like health information and military member location data to foreign adversaries. Specifically, the bill would direct the secretary of Commerce to identify which types of […]

Former Mandiant exec tapped to run CTIIC, ODNI’s cyber threat intelligence center

A former executive for the cybersecurity company Mandiant began work last month as the director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to her LinkedIn page. Laura Galante is a longtime cybersecurity intelligence analyst who came to Mandiant in 2012 and served as its director […]

Chinese state media propaganda found in 88% of Google, Bing news searches

A think tank says Chinese state media have proven very effective at influencing search engine results for users seeking information on Xinjiang, a region of China where the Uyghur ethnic minority has been subjected to what the State Department calls genocide. The findings on the Chinese manipulation of prominent American search engines came via Brookings […]

Head of DOD artificial intelligence command warns Pentagon must improve to beat China on AI

The U.S. military’s top expert on artificial intelligence (AI) said Wednesday that the Pentagon must up its game to ensure American supremacy in a future era where artificial intelligence will determine success on the battlefield. China aims to dominate the world in the AI space by 2030, the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Director Lt. Gen. […]

Network of hyperlocal Russian Telegram channels spew disinformation in occupied Ukraine

The Russian disinformation effort in Ukraine is so extensive that it now includes a hyperlocal Telegram network which spews disinformation customized to resonate in individual towns across occupied Ukraine, according to recent research published by the Ukrainian think tank Detector Media. The channels, which are anonymous, are used to “legitimize the occupation of specific villages […]

State to gain more ability to monitor DOD cyber ops under White House agreement

The Biden administration has forged a new agreement under which the State Department will have more ability to weigh in on certain kinds of cyber operations, according to two sources familiar with the discussions between the White House and the agencies. The sources said the negotiating parties reached consensus on a policy that gives the […]

Belarus: Cyber upstart, or Russian staging ground?

As the prospect of further Russian aggression in Ukraine looms, the Biden administration is concerned about Russian cyber operations against the U.S. and its allies. Yet as the White House engages with Moscow and builds out plans around these risks, it must watch an overlooked development in Russia’s near-abroad: growing cyber integration between Belarus and the […]

Spyware providers are flocking to international arms fairs to sell to NATO foes

European and Middle Eastern spyware and surveillance firms are marketing intrusion software to adversaries of the U.S., its intelligence allies and NATO, Atlantic Council research published Monday reveals. Looking at more than 200 companies that attended international arms fairs in the past two decades, researchers found that 85% of companies likely selling interception or intrusion technologies […]

Navalny adviser urges vigilance after impersonation attempts of Kremlin foes

A top aide to jailed Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is urging Western policymakers and think tanks to be more wary of suspected Kremlin-backed information operations to undermine their work. Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been detained since January, when he returned to Russia after being poisoned with a chemical […]

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