Category: Global Weekly Executive Summaries

Russian Intelligence Officers Charged with Multiple Cyber Crimes

Executive Summary: The United States charged six Russian Intelligence Officers on Monday, October 19th, 2020, who are associated with the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) unit 74455. These individuals were charged for “destructive malware attacks” with the intentions to disturb and sabotage other countries and cause monetary loss. All men were charged with multiple counts […]

Member of The Dark Overlord Hacker Group Caught and Charged For Cybercrime

Executive Summary: The Dark Overlord hacking group is known for hacking multiple organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom (U.K.) in demand for ransom. It is unknown how many people reside within this hacking group and the identities of the individuals. Although one member, Nathan Wyatt, a U.K. citizen was extradited to the […]

Security of the United States 2020 Electoral System and Process

Executive Summary: With the presidential election coming up people are skeptical about the security of the election system and the persistent foreign threat. President Donald Trump continues to claim how the voting process this year is ‘rigged’ and is prone to voter fraud. This is likely due to the pandemic making the voting process different […]

Experian Security Breach in South Africa

Executive Summary: Experian is a well-known company for analyzing and processing data to help other companies prevent identity fraud and crime. Some of their services include managing credit risk and credit reporting, which involve a lot of consumer personal information (About Experian 2020). On August 19, the South African Banking Risk Centre (SABRIC) announced that […]

Russian Cyber Spies Trying to Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Research

Executive Summary: The coronavirus pandemic happened early 2020 and has affected the world since. Every country is scrambling to find a vaccine and to be the first country to produce a vaccine will gain a successful geopolitical story. According to security officials, Russian intelligence hackers, known as Advanced Persistent Threat/s (APT29), also could be called […]

Zoom Misrepresents Their Companies Security Protection

Executive Summary: The Zoom application has been essential during 2020 for individuals to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues while maintaining social distancing. Users were led to believe that Zoom was a secure application, but they have been exposed for not using end-to-end encryption and routing through China servers (Marks, 2020). Not only did this […]

Iran Hacks into U.S. Aerospace and Satellite Technology Resources

Executive Summary: Three Iranian hackers were charged on September 17, 2020 with campaign identity theft and hacking into the United States aerospace and satellite technology and resources on behalf of the Iranian government. The three men charged were nationals of the Islamic Republic of Iran and were in a group known as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary […]

Industry-Based Advisement Panel Urges Australian Government to Take More Action on Cyber Attacks

Executive Summary: As a follow-up to a previous summary regarding recent cyber attacks against Australia, an industry panel advising the country urges more action from the Australian government. Among the 60 recommendations included in the panel’s report, more transparency, better communication, and attribution where possible, were referenced. While it is ultimately up to Australia’s government […]

Potential US Purchase of TikTok Could Signal Economic Leverage over China

Executive Summary: According to multiple sources, US tech investors are trying to buy a majority stake in the currently Chinese-owned social media business, TikTok. This news comes off the heels of the White House’s announcement that President Trump is considering banning the app in the US in order to retaliate against China. The Navy had […]

Overturning of EU-US Privacy Shield Could Affect US-UK Five Eyes’ Relationship

Executive Summary: According to various articles from the Guardian newsgroups, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. Complaints were brought to the ECJ that stated that EU data should not be sent to the US, as current US surveillance policies cannot guarantee the privacy of said data or users. […]